Believing that when one person serves the whole family serves, Project Sanctuary takes a human-centered, solution-based approach to helping military families heal and move forward in life. Through innovative long-term programming focused on connectedness, we restore hope and empower families to recover and thrive.
Heather Ehle founded Project Sanctuary in 2007 while working as a registered nurse after she discovered no organization was helping the military family as a unit.
Heather founded the organization on the principle that when one person serves, the whole family serves, and the best way to support the troops was to create an organization supporting the entire family.
What began as one retreat boot-strapped together in the mountains of Colorado has since grown into a national organization serving hundreds of families every year across the country. Our evidence-based program is the only one treating the entire family, active duty service members from all branches of the military, and veterans from all eras of service.
"Being a blended family is already tough. But when you add military life and PTSD on top of that, it can be extremely difficult. The retreat helped us become more in tune with each other. We have more open conversations with our kids, and they have better insight into my husband's PTSD."
April Adair, military spouse
"I was scared our boys were getting lost in the chaos of taking care of my husband. Our retreat was the first time in a while that I felt hope for a happy marriage post-injury."
Ange Dwyer, veteran and military spouse
"Project Sanctuary helped us offset the cost of a hefty car repair bill and helped us again during the government shutdown with resources for food. A gas card may seem small, but it helped me get a job, get to VA appointments, and finally get our youngest into daycare. Most importantly, I felt like a human. I didn't feel like I had to beg for help."
Amanda Schook, military spouse