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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 Bible studies that talk about violence, fear, guilt, lack of faith, anger, and addiction.  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.

FROM THE WARRIORS

“I was in a dark place, a really, really dark place. Then I spent time with the horses, and I met these guys from Vietnam who built good lives, and you taught me how to breathe, and I’m starting to feel like a man I want to be. My life isn’t over, it doesn’t have to be over.” – Former Marine, served in Afghanistan, Israel

“I haven’t really spoken to my son in years… I was deployed several times, then the drug problems, you know? But when I bring him here, we do things together, and his mom sees that there is hope, I can be a good dad, I just need help … I’m going to have a relationship with him, I know it, and it starts because of what you are doing for us.” – U.S. Army, served in Iraq and Afghanistan

“I haven’t felt like I could sit somewhere, be still, be safe, since I got home from my last deployment to Iraq. I’ve never really been in nature like this. It’s changing me.” – U.S. Army veteran, infantry, multiple deployments to Iraq

“It’s all about him, and I get that, he’s the one with the gun in his mouth. But we’re the ones who are going to take care of him for the rest of his life, and it’s so overwhelming. When we’re here, we feel like we matter…. That changes everything. It gives me strength.” – Spouse, Former Marine, Vietnam veteran

 

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