This program first and foremost attracts veterans and their families enough to leave their homes, face their issues and attend what we call, a Healing Safari. Centrally located off the Monterey/Salinas Hwy, in Monterey County, Calif., is the Vision Quest Ranch where we bring the veterans and their families together to receive counseling and guidance regarding the many other programs available to help them through their times of need. We are using past generation veterans who have successfully navigated through similar issues in life as counselors as well as professional counselors who have experience with such issues.
While getting their counseling, the veterans and families stay in authentic African style bungalows sharing experiences unique enough to buffer their issues. Such activities include interaction with the elephants belonging to an elephant sanctuary located on the ranch as well as many other professionally trained animals including monkeys, kangaroos, birds, reptiles, and over 100 other types of animals. While all of this is going on, we are evaluating the veterans and their needs and seeing what is holding them back and causing stress in their lives. We then match them up and connect the veteran with existing programs to help meet their needs. After our vets get the needed help and counseling, we help them find a new mission in life. We help them check back into society so that they have a reason to wake up in the morning.
Below are pictures of our veteran’s and their families out at the ranch.