The Xena Project is a veteran-operated 501(c)3 public charity (EIN #46-3154292) that facilitates healing of veterans and their families through equine and animal therapy. Located near 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, individuals with traumatic physical or brain injury, and those in emotional upheaval.
The Xena Project is currently focused on five fundamental programs:
Veterans Group Days – Groups from fellow veteran-focused organizations experience a day of multi-faceted healing that includes the riding simulator, animals, food, fellowship, and special offerings.
Veterans Private Sessions – Those with a more concentrated interest in riding or horsemanship, or with physical therapy needs, participate in private lessons on the simulator or with horses.
Counseling – Peer coaching and support is available in both group and one-on-one formats to help combat veterans find healing, balance and positive re-integration with their families and in society. Pastoral care is also available through our chaplain.
Family Reunification – Provides a neutral, peaceful location for veterans in family turmoil to bond with their children; we work with law enforcement officials and mental health experts to facilitate families with court restrictions.
Animal Encounter Therapy – Interaction with horses, dogs, cats, goats, llamas, and others promotes relaxation, eases anxiety, and stimulates healing.
Art therapy is incorporated into each of these fundamental programs.
We regularly welcome those who served in Vietnam, Korea, Desert Storm, Iraq, and Afghanistan, as well as veterans and families simply moving through life in ways uniquely impacted by military service.
All services are provided free of charge to veterans and their families. The Xena Project is funded entirely by private donations and community grants. We take pride in turning nearly every penny directly into veterans services.
Want to help The Xena Project?
- Visit the “Donate / Wish List” page to learn more about our current needs.
- Enroll your Kroger Rewards Card, and every time you buy groceries a percentage of your purchase will go to The Xena Project (click here for instructions on this two-minute process).
- Visit our Sponsors as a continued “thank you” for their support.
Thank you for your generosity of spirit. Nothing done here is possible without you, and we are grateful.