Heroes in Transition (HIT) provides assistance for veterans, service members and their families not readily available from government agencies or other providers. This assistance strengthens relationships, builds community, empowers individuals and provides a pathway to healing for those we serve. HIT improves quality of life, communication, and resiliency skills for all, through responsible and professional leadership and in partnership with others.
The impact that Heroes in Transition has on the veteran community is substantial. The majority of individuals we serve are from Cape Cod and the Islands though we do assist individuals from off-Cape, including Southeastern Massachusetts, Central Massachusetts, Greater Boston, and Rhode Island. Our programs are free and open to all individuals currently serving, veterans, and their immediate family members.
Highlights from 2022 include:
- We served a total of 1,492 individuals through over a dozen programs including financial assistance.
- We held a total of 44 outings/events, which included separate ones for military spouses (40 individuals attended); veterans and service members (82 attended); military couples (96 individuals attended); and military families (54 families attended). A total of 751 individuals attended these combined events; of these 192 were under the age of 18 and attended our military family events.
- We provided financial assistance to 741 individuals who are either serving or have served in the military. Gift cards and gift boxes were distributed to members serving at Joint Base Cape Cod. Matthew 25 of Mashpee helped military families with their bills. HIT also funded transportation through Town Taxi, allowing veterans to get to necessary medical and VA appointments.
- We had a total of 19 veterans participate in our Veterans Equine Warrior Program. Two new groups of veterans took part in the September (6 individuals), and October (7 individuals) Equine Warrior Program, over the course of one weekend at Alliance Equestrian Center. A group of 6 veterans returned to Alliance Equestrian Center in April after having initially participated in the program in previous years.
- We held two Couples Retreats, one in the Spring and one in the Fall. We had 14 couples (28 individuals) attend in the spring at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis, and we had 19 couples (38 individuals) attend in the fall at the Loft in West Yarmouth. The retreats are held over the course of two days with couples learning practical skills to improve their communication, enhance their intimacy, and strengthen their relationships.
- We held three Families In Transition (FIT) Camps during the summer in which 13 families, consisting of 54 individuals, participated in the weeklong program which connects military families with the healing qualities of horses at Alliance Equestrian Center in Sandwich.
- In September and October, we held REBOOT, a course geared to helping female service members, veterans, and spouses build resiliency, cultivate mindfulness, and improve their health and well-being. A total of 9 women participated in the program.
- In 2022, we designed the REBOOT equivalent for men, REGROUP. The program has similar goals: to help participants take practical steps to imrpve their health and well-being. REBOOT officially kicked off with its first group in January 2023.
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Our programs and the impact we make are all made possible by generous donations from sponsors and supporters. Please consider making your own impact by supporting the work that we do.