Pamlico Rose Institute for Sustainable Communities (Pamlico Rose) is a Washington, NC nonprofit 501(c)(3) that advances wellness and resilience-building programs for female Veterans - Vet by Vet.
Veterans struggle with transition and reintegration from military to civilian life. Service experience, including trauma, can lead to lasting effects on mind, body and personal relationships. Reintegration is more challenging for female Veterans due to:
· conflicting roles and identity of mother, partner, and Veteran;
· single parenting;
· absence of support network and/or not self-identifying,
· access to the VA difficult due to many factors.
Building a strong foundation of wellness and resilience can help female Veterans overcome the effects of trauma and an uncertain future.
Pamlico Rose promotes a holistic approach to wellness, Total Life Fitness (TLF), that builds a strong foundation of living fit and helping one move through the reintegration experience. Building resilience to adversity, TLF encourages an individual through mind, body, spirit and healthy relationships to focus on one’s whole self. TLF programs include residential living, the arts, gardening, yoga, and other activities and will be offered at their Rose Haven Center of Healing in Washington, NC. Rose Haven includes a soon to be completed (early 2020) rehabilitated 1892 farmhouse as a reintegration home, its adjacent historic barn as a multipurpose support facility, and a healing landscape that includes meditation and produce gardens (completion Fall 2019). The Center covers ½ neighborhood block in Washington, NC’s historic district.
Two initial TLF programs are:
Total Life Fitness Multiday Retreat -- builds awareness of the concepts that underlie wellness, healthy living, and behavioral and interpersonal skills that are critical to achieving TLF, while building resilience. The retreat also provides activities that utilize those skills and helps to develop overall TLF. Each day’s schedule is designed around the retreat’s purpose to inform and engage. Many activities will occur outdoors in Washington’s historic district and along the Pamlico River. The first retreat is October 4-6, 2019.
Reintegration & Resilience (R&R) three-month residential experience for female Veteran recovering from substance abuse -- concentrates on wellness/healthy living, resilience, and building community. Residents live in the Rose Haven house, abide by house and program guidelines, and identify educational, professional, or personal goals to work on while in residence, with guidance from staff, local learning institutions, or other organizations. R&R program will start in 2020.