The Purpose and Prosperity Program
As part of CCF’s mandate to expand their programs designed to support our nation’s Veterans as they return home from combat, we’ve launched the Purpose and Prosperity program, designed to support Veterans as they integrate back into society and start the next phase of their lives. We’d like to introduce you to two organizations that are new beneficiaries of this program: The Honor Foundation, and the Warrior Canine Connection.
The Honor Foundation (THF) was founded as a transition institute for Navy SEALs and the U.S. Special Operations community, offering them professional development through a process designed to prepare service men and women for their next steps after their career in service. The Honor Foundation was introduced to CCF by Advisory Board Member John Van Gorp in early 2017, after he recognized their efforts of providing active service members in the Special Operations Communities with a means of transitioning their skills from military service to the civilian workforce were directly in line with CCF’s Purpose and Prosperity initiatives.
“Advisory Board Members Bruce Rose and Curt Johnson were introduced to THF Founder and CEO, Joe Musselman, and visited a group class down at THF’s San Diego campus in March 2017,” explains Michael Rose, Director of Enterprise Process Engineering for Carrington Mortgage Holdings. “They quickly saw the impact that the program was having on the Veterans. The Honor Foundation came to CCF with a request and, after a review and formal proposal was presented to the CCF Board of Directors, THF was granted $400,000 over one year with continued support contingent on THF meeting specific growth goals agreed upon by CCF and THF.”
THF’s program helps Veterans apply the skills they’ve learned during their service career to the civilian workforce, helping them identify strengths and interests that will help them find fulfilling careers. They coach and mentor participants by helping them develop their resumes, understand workplace culture, assist them with job interviews and help them understand networking, developing relationships, and recognizing their individual strengths.
CCF’s grant will help THF grow their programs and increase both their capacity and outreach. “THF is staffing up and preparing to increase the number and size of their classes with the added support at their Virginia Beach and San Diego locations supporting the Navy SEAL community and Marine Corps MARSOC community in 2017,” Michael shared. “THF plans to stand up a new campus in Fayetteville, NC, in 2018 to support the U.S. Army Special Forces Community − vastly increasing their community outreach and graduate counts moving forward.”
The Honor Foundation also plans to expand its program offerings to all Veterans through an online “Virtual Learning Platform,” allowing Veterans across the nation to sign up for support. Carrington also has hired one of THF’s Group 11 Graduates, Eric Kasmire, who retired from the U.S. Marine Corps and joined the Carrington Family in early August 2017.
CCF also has pledged support for the Warrior Canine Connection. The Warrior Canine Connection uses clinically-based Canine Connection Therapy to help wounded Warriors reconnect with life, their families, communities and one another. The Warrior Canine Connection works with recovering Warriors to engage them in a therapeutic mission of training service dogs for their fellow Veterans, and uses a mission-based trauma recovery model to help Warriors recovering from the stress of combat.
By interacting with the dogs as they move from puppyhood to training to adult service dogs, Warrior Trainers regain a sense of self through a physiological and psychological animal-human connection. And because of their efforts, Veterans with disabilities receive the finest in trained service dogs. Warrior Canine Connection is a truly unique and amazing organization, dedicated to creating thriving livelihoods for our nation’s returning Veterans.
CCF has pledged a grant of $50,000 to the WCC to help them with business operations and reporting. As both the WCC and THF continue their missions, CCF is monitoring opportunities for future involvement with both organizations.
We are honored to be partnered with such wonderful charitable organizations that are making such a huge difference in the lives of our nation’s Veterans. We encourage you to visit The Honor Foundation and the Warrior Canine Connection to learn more about these amazing programs.
The Honor Foundation offers Navy SEALs and the U.S. Special Operations Veterans professional development after their career in service.
The Warrior Canine Connection uses Canine Connection Therapy to help wounded Warriors reconnect with life, their families, communities and one another.