2018 Year in Review

2018 Year in Review Click here for pdf version of The Xena Project’s 2018 Report Dear Xena Family, Thank you for another year of impactful service to our community’s warriors. ...

Xena Armory (Blog)

The Xena Team is proud to share The Xena Armory, a blog that equips the spirit of warriors. The effort is led by retired Air Force B-1 pilot and lead ...

Special Reports

Welcome to The Xena Project’s “Special Report” page. The Xena Project is proud to be bureaucratically light, and of our reputation for caring more about the people in front of ...

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Welcome to The Xena Project

Welcome

The Xena Project is a 501(c)3 organization founded and run by veterans.  We facilitate mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing for warriors and their families in both group and individual formats, in a safe, tranquil environment rooted in nature.  In addition to the ministry that is our foundation, we offer animal encounters, counseling (peer-led, pastoral, licensed professional), and family reunification programs.

The Xena Project is focused on breaking down barriers that keep warriors from a vibrant life as contributing members of their communities.  In practice, this means that our programs are free, and we challenge ourselves daily to become maximally accessible.  It means group studies that talk about violence, fear, guilt, lack of faith, and anger.  It means meeting warriors where they are, whether isolated in their own homes, struggling with addiction, in or newly out of jail, or falling through the cracks of daily life.

The Xena Project welcomes military veterans, law enforcement officials, and first responders, and their families. We currently welcome veterans who served in every war and conflict since World War II, as well as those who served during peacetime. We look forward to welcoming you.

Click here for 2018 Periodic Reports.

Click here for the 2017 End of Year Report.

FROM THE WARRIORS

“I don’t trust anybody. I can talk here, though, because nobody knows me here the way people usually know me, and nobody cares about all the dark stuff. Shoot, you’re all as messed up as I am! But you come together and study and talk about everything, even God, and you are figuring out how to live happy lives. That gives me hope that maybe one day I can be here, with a happy life, showing other people how to build one.” – Army combat veteran, Desert Storm, currently serving law enforcement official

“I need to go to some more things with you. I know I do, but…. I just can’t, not right now. I like when you call, though, I look forward to it. I know I don’t disappoint you when I say “no,” and I disappoint everyone…. But you keep calling, and one day I know I’m going to be there, and it’s going to help.” – U.S Marine, combat veteran, multiple tours, Vietnam

“Please…. Please help me. I don’t have anyone else to call. You’re the only ones I know. No matter what happens, will you be with me? Even if I go to jail? Please don’t abandon me. I never left a man behind, and now here I am. I know it’s my fault, it’s from the drugs, but still…. I never left a man behind, and now I am alone.” – Army combat veteran, multiple tours Iraq/Afghanistan

“No one else talks to us about spiritual stuff, and if they do, they have an agenda, it’s all about them and being able to say they helped a certain number of veterans. I don’t know if you can help me or not. I don’t know if I need help, and I don’t know what I believe. But I know I want to come see the animals again.” – U.S. Marine, combat veteran, multiple tours, Afghanistan

“We lost everything in the hurricane. We have been blessed with food, water, cleaning supplies, but we have felt so alone. You are the only ones who handed us a Bible, who even thought that we lost ours… I’m going to cry, because this is what we needed. Thank you.” – Wife of an Army combat veteran, Vietnam

 

Summer Volunteering

Are you or your family looking for a way to get involved in the Fort Bend community this summer? Join us at The Xena Project! Current needs include:

Nursing home and retirement community visits in the greater Fort Bend area through the Donald Charles Outreach Program – volunteers of all ages needed, veteran status not required! Next visit: Saturday, June 16th at 2 p.m., Sugarland area.

Jail Ministry, focused first on Fort Bend County Jail – seeking veteran volunteers, and/or those experienced in jail ministry. Individualized relationship building in jail will lead to effective reintegration upon release.

Court Supporters, Fort Bend County Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) – mentally, emotionally, and spiritually strong men needed to provide fellowship, and eventually mentorship, to the seven veterans currently on the combined docket. VTC is a 1-2 year heavily monitored jail diversion program available to combat veterans with diagnosed mental health challenges, intended to put deserving men in crisis on the road to recovery. The docket meets the last Thursday of every month in Fort Bend.

Disabled American Veterans Group Day (DAV), Sept/Oct (date TBD) – the DAV veterans of Fort Bend County have requested a day of fellowship at the ranch in Beasley. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds sought to help with logistics, activity stations, animal handling, and more.

Prayer Partners – please click here to view the the prayer list and lift your voice to the Lord on behalf of those warriors and families in need in our shared community. The list is updated as requests are received.