In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Heroes In Transition (HIT) has stepped up its virtual programming to ensure the region’s military community has the support it needs at this time.
“HIT is adapting to the current climate, and using technology to serve our veterans, active duty and military families,” said Executive Director Nicole Spencer. “We are doing things a little differently, but continuing to find ways to connect with those we serve.”
While its public events have been postponed for the time being, Heroes has held several virtual gatherings for veterans, military couples, military spouses, and active duty military in recent weeks.
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Every Tuesday evening, HIT holds a Zoom meetup for military couples. On Saturday mornings, it holds a virtual coffee chat for military spouses.
Tonight, HIT will be holding a virtual scavenger hunt for military families that is being coordinated by Heroes In Transition’s Family Coordinators Casey and Aaron Van Huysen. The pair will also be organizing a virtual Disney/superhero trivia night for military families on Friday, April 24 at 5 pm.
Starting Monday, April 13, HIT will be holding its three-part virtual series (Wednesday, April 15 and Friday, April 17) focused on strategies individuals and families can use to cope with the pandemic. This will be the second time HIT has offered the series, Strategies for Coping, since the quarantine began. The series is facilitated by psychologist Dr. Marie Bartram.
“What we’re experiencing is a new normal. Once we recognize the many blessings that are taking place, the connections being made, and the gift of time, we can form new life strategies for moving forward. The most beautiful part is knowing we’re not alone in this,” said Dr. Bartram.
Along with its virtual offerings, Heroes is seeing the community step up to support the organization. On Sunday, April 19 at 7 pm, the Rick Lockwood Trio will be performing live on Facebook to raise funds for Heroes In Transition’s services which includes: providing financial assistance to veterans and military families in need; a Fall Couples Retreat; a Families In Transition (FIT) equine therapy program; a canine co-pilot program; monthly outings for the military community; and a new REBOOT program for female veterans, active duty military, and military spouses.
“We have long been committed to assisting our country’s heroes during challenging times,” Spencer said. “For many, that time is now. We remain committed to finding ways to support our military community when they need it most.”
For a full list of Heroes In Transition’s upcoming events, click this link.