Phoenix 999

Nearly 30 mass shootings occur yearly in the United States, leaving numerous survivors to struggle with the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. These victims will generally not seek help in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic event. This is why Phoenix 999 needs your support.

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Project Journey

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
At-Risk Populations
Disabled

Description

Project Journey began in 2017 and is anticipated to continue to launch in 2018. Project Journey seeks to pay for survivor's mental healthcare. Chronic unemployment and lack of comprehensive healthcare are common in PTSD affected communities, and are especially prevalent in our survivor communities. Project Journey seeks to remedy this problem and improve the health of impacted communities. Again, statements of need will determine participation. Based on the response received from our initial indications of interest and potential financial constraints, we will adopt and create guidelines for funding disbursement. We have already purchased ten counseling sessions from Shadow of Hope Counseling that are available as we continue our soft launch and we have begun conversations with Talkspace in the hope of utilizing their online therapy platform for our survivor community.

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Annual Survivors Gathering

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
At-Risk Populations
Disabled

Description

The Rebels Project hosts an annual survivor's gathering for survivors across the country. The gathering offers classes, restorative yoga, access to mental health professionals, and tours of Colorado landmarks. The organization provides grants for airfare and lodging for all attendees. Grant decisions are made based off of statements of need. As of 2017, we have been able to fund 100% of grant requests.

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Mental Health Symposiun

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
At-Risk Populations
General population
People/Families of People with Health Conditions
People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities

Description

In 2017 Phoenix 999-The Rebels Project, in partnership with the University of Phoenix, hosted a mental health symposium. The organization provided guest speakers, food, and informational material to 150 mental health professionals and students to assist them in providing trauma informed therapy. In 2018, we are seeking to expand this program and are beginning conversations to present to a variety of national mental health professionals at The 30th Annual Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance Conference on October 29th - 31st 2018.

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The Rebels Project Monthly Meetings

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
Crime/Abuse Victims
People/Families with of People with Disabilities
People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

The Rebels Project has successfully connected survivors across the country creating a familial community through social media networking. Through our website, Facebook, and Twitter, survivors can share stories, ideas, coping strategies, and provide general emotional support to one and other. The communities represented number approximately 42 - each community has experienced a high profile event, most of which are shootings but also include stabbings, bombings, and acts of terrorism such as 9/11. Furthermore, we host monthly support meetings in Colorado for survivors at the Aurora Strong Resiliency Center. These meetings can be both physically and virtually attended (via Skype or FaceTime). Attendance is generally between 5 to 10 physical participants and nearly 300 virtual participants. The group works through the problems they have encountered relating to PTSD in their daily lives. The majority of these meetings are overseen by a mental health professional and resources to gain access to mental healthcare are always available.

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The Rebels Project has provided a nation-wide forum for survivors to connect, exchange ideas, and seek mental health resources. Through our outreach, survivors have become familiar with the commonality of suffering:
"There are days when I feel like I can conquer the world. I call those good days. There are days that go by in a haze because the only thing getting me through is being numb. Those are days I say "I'm okay." Then there are days when I can't even hold it together long enough to find a secluded spot to grieve. I call those bad days.
There is an unspoken bond between us.
A bond that only a shared experience creates. When those bad days come and I am surrounded by a world that doesn't understand... that doesn't see...
This is why meeting other survivors through The Rebels Project is important. There is a silent connection, an unspoken understanding, of the new way in which I see the world.
All I hear is the phrase "the new normal..." There is no normal. Normal has been shattered and replaced by something dark and unknown.
This is why meeting other survivors is important. Connecting with others that have been through what I have and made it out the other side gives me hope.
It gives me power.
It gives me the power to say that I am not alone. It gives me the power to take what I've experienced and do something about it. It gives me the power to take that shattered normal and begin piecing it back together.
Chloe (Mass Shooting Survivor)

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