While everyone is busy making New Year’s resolutions, Home Base is already hard at work on a host of new programs that will roll out in 2018 for Veterans and their Families.
Home Base’s mission is to help our Veterans overcome certain unique health issues, which are at disproportionately higher rates in the military populations than the civilian population. We work with business and community organizations to support Veteran and Active Duty Military families, get them involved in classes and programs that can address these disparities. Thanks in part to these partnerships, Home Base is proud to introduce four new program experiences in January – at no charge to you – ranging in physical fitness to mental wellness and resiliency. Keep on reading to learn more about our Home Base’s program offerings this January and how you can get involved.
Warrior Health & Fitness
Home Base is currently recruiting Veterans for their next installment of the 6-month Warrior Health & Fitness Program beginning Saturday, January 20. This program provides Veterans FREE fitness evaluations, a tailored exercise program, yoga, mental skills coaching and most importantly, a new band of brothers and sisters. Participants represent a balanced demographic of returning Warriors, including those in college, employed, not employed, former enlisted, former officers, male and females. Program activities and strength and conditioning workouts are scheduled from 6-8 am and 5-7 pm, Monday through Friday. Sessions are held at Northeastern University. Workouts will ALSO be available at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, MA.
We all have stress in our lives, but imagine if you could reduce your stress levels by making some small, simple and effective changes? Now you can stress less in 2018 with Home Base’s 6-week Resilient Warrior program and learn techniques to manage stress, sleep better, and improve communication with family and friends. Starting on Wednesday, January 24th, we’ll be hosting the weekly program – which is FREE to all Veterans and Service Members – from 5:30 – 7:00 PM at 1 Bowdoin Square in Boston, MA. Led by Home Base social workers Joan Clowes and Valerie Brathwaite, participants will go home with the knowledge of easy ways to implement daily lifestyle changes that will help control the stress response.
Adventure Series Event: Cranmore Mountain Ski/Snowboard/Tubing
Join other veterans and their families for FREE activities to strengthen family bonds before, during and after military deployment. January is “National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month” and there is no better way to do both than with your family and friends at Home Base. This month, we are partnering with our friends at Cranmore Mountain in North Conway, NH to offer you a fun on the slopes. We are looking forward to a day full of skiing, snowboarding, and/or snow tubing with FREE lift tickets, rentals, and lessons.
Home Base Support Groups
Home Base offers support groups for Veterans and Active Duty Service Members, as well as caregivers and family members, to help address specific concerns. There are many benefits of joining a support group, which include:
- Knowing that others are going through something similar
- Learning tips on how to handle day-to-day challenges
- Meeting new friends or connecting to others who understand you
- Learning how to talk about things that bother you or how to ask for help
- Learning to trust other people
- Hearing about helpful new perspectives from others
Below are a list of Home Base support groups available this month. If you are interested in learning more about these groups, please contact Home Base at (617) 724-5202.
Support Group for Parents of Veterans and Service Members
Tuesday, January 23 | 6:00 – 7:30 PM | Home Base Clinic, 101 Merrimac St. Boston, MA
This is a monthly informal, non-structured group where parents of those who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Services can find support, encouragement, solace, and be with other who share their heart. This group is facilitated by Home Base’s Director of Family Services, Dr. Bonnie Ohye. Parking and food are provided.
Peer Support Group for Veterans and Service Members
Tuesday, January 26 | 12:30 PM | Home Base Clinic, 101 Merrimac St. Boston, MA
This is a monthly informal, non-structured group for Veterans and Service Members to connect regularly and to provide and receive feedback from peers. This group will be facilitated by one of Home Base’s Veteran Outreach Coordinators and takes place the last Friday of every month.
Family Education and Support for Loved Ones Who Use Subtances
Every Wednesday | 5:00 – 6:00 PM | Home Base Clinic, 101 Merrimac St. Boston, MA
This is a weekly educational and support group for family members who are concerned for their loved one(s) who may be using substances or suffering from addiction. This group is facilitated by Home Base social worker Maria G. Orbita, and has three main goals: to teach skills to take care of yourself; to teach ckills you can use to help your loved one change their habits; to reduce substance use.