The Xena Project facilitates mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being for veterans and their families in group and individual formats through peer and formal counseling, animal encounters, family reunification, military ministry, and other programs.

Located west of Houston, we are the only initiative of our kind in the country and attract a broad spectrum of needs, including veterans struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and individuals with traumatic physical or brain injury.  Since opening the doors in fall 2014, The Xena Project has served more than 1200 veterans and family members of all service and personal backgrounds.  All programs are free of charge.

Current programs include:

Group Days – Groups from fellow veteran-focused organizations experience a day of multi-faceted healing, that includes exposure to the facility, animal, staff, etc., and events tailored to the group’s request, such as team building events.  Group Days are vital to developing the sense of community necessary for long-term relationships with those we serve; nearly all outreach to date has been through word-of-mouth. The sense of connection is so pronounced that one combat veteran who was part of many of our programs requested to hold his wedding here at the facility, in the company of fellow veterans.

Counseling – Peer coaching and support is available in both group and one-on-one formats to help veterans find healing, balance and positive re-integration with their families and in society.  We have access to licensed mental health professionals through partner agencies.  As our counseling programs grow, The Xena Project welcomes an increasingly high degree of need, including veterans and families searching for tools to help combat chronic depression, anxiety, and/or suicidal tendencies.  We work closely with local Crisis Intervention Teams to support those in urgent need of clinical care.

Family Reunification – Provides a haven for veterans in family turmoil to experience positive bonding events. Each family’s experience is different, and incorporates a variety of resources.  Collaboration with law enforcement officials, mental health professionals, and others is possible when required, to ensure those with court orders can participate.

Military Ministry – launched in direct response to veteran requests for spiritual support, the ministry is led by an experienced pastor, himself a veteran, and a team of veterans counselors.  Through the ministry, The Xena Project offers a safe space in which to express and explore anger, depression,  sadness, lack of faith, guilt, and the many complexities that can get in the way of a life of spiritual peace.  Small groups and Bible studies are offered regularly; please check the “events” page for more information.

Interaction with horses, dogs, cats, goats, and other animals is part of all programs to promote relaxation, ease anxiety, and stimulate healing.

Art, meditation, and yoga can be incorporated to encourage relaxation and creative expression, and provide powerful bonding opportunities for families.