“Project Sanctuary is where families reconnect.”
Where there is great need comes great responsibility. At Exodus, we are thankful for our freedom and our success and feel that it is important to give back. We actively support our United States military with our time and effort and resources because we wish to show our gratitude for their sacrifice.
Project Sanctuary is an organization that was established in 2007 to address a very big need within the military community. According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, 21 military veterans commit suicide each week. Armed with these statistics and so many others, Project Sanctuary works with whole families to begin the healing process and to promote new, positive memories to improve quality of life.
The following is from an interview we recently did with Heather Ehle about Project Sanctuary and partnership with Exodus Moving and Storage.
How Does Project Sanctuary Reconnect Families?
Project Sanctuary is the first organization to offer services for the whole family that gives them the time they need to really heal. Many other workshops exist for a couple days at a time. But we have found that after several months or even years of missing a loved one, it requires more than just a few hours to reconnect. Families need time to address the many issues and hurts that have come as a result of their separation. So we take 5-10 families to a YMCA facility in the Rockies for 6 day retreats. We create recreational activities designed to help each family member to overcome emotional obstacles. We call this “diversion therapy”, creating new life affirming memories to replace natural feelings of fear and abandonment. In addition to hiking, fishing and skiing together, we also offer healthy marriage classes and financial education seminars. We balance the practical and the fun which his gives the whole family time to heal together. War is a very serious thing but you would be amazed at how much bonding can be done around a camp fire over smores.
How does Exodus help Project Sanctuary?
Because we are committed to each family that we serve for two years of follow up, we do more than just provide retreats. We become a consistent support for their most important needs. Unable to do this alone, we require many layers of support in the community so that we can help these military families in their most desperate moments. We need other businesses to do what they do best so that we can do what we do best. I first met Joel through a community Veterans Alliance. Soon after, a Gold Star family contacted us. With the convergence of their sons recent death in the line of duty and the mothers current health problems, this family was losing their house. Having nowhere else to turn, they called us when they had only two days to move. I called Joel and explained the situation. And with very few questions asked, Exodus came to the rescue, donating time, manpower and most of all sanity to a very difficult situation for these people. We greatly appreciate Exodus’ community spirit. Together we are able to pick up the heavy load when our military families cant.
What can people do to support Project Sanctuary?
Just to be absolutely clear, Project Sanctuary is not “pro war”, we are pro family. The political aspects of the issue are not our angle. As a nation, I think we have learned from Vietnam. We need regular people to get involved by sharing their time, money and love. I just spent this morning writing grants and I’m proud that People Magazine is about to do a full feature about Project Sanctuary. Most of all we are trying to get the word out there. The more opportunities we have to share what these families are going through, really going through, the more support we are bound to receive from those who want to say that you.
Project Sanctuary is a non-government funded, grass roots organization in need of your support. For more information about how to get involved please visit their website at
The purpose of our Fresh Place Friday blog is to highlight interesting cities throughout our great state. Colorado is a truly one of a kind location, somehow finding a way to masterfully blend the cosmopolitan and the cowboy. It’s a state known for its natural beauty and ecologically minded communities. It’s a place known as a hot spot for the gold rush in the 1850’s, the Centennial State and the home of the Broncos. And while we happily serve as both national and international long distance movers, Colorado is the place we call home. Today’s Fresh Place Friday is dedicated to a city called Castle Rock.
The History of Castle Rock
The city of Castle Rock was originally settled on a budget: $3,400 in total to be exact. Founded in 1874 as the county seat of Douglas County, “The Rock” was originally home to several Native American tribes including the Cheyenne and Arapahoe Indians. As a result of both its excellent location on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, this mild climate haven boasted wild livestock for hunting and abundant plant life for foraging.
10 years before the city was founded, the combination of the Homestead Act and the possibility of finding gold brought people to the area in droves. Jeremiah Gould is perhaps the most well known original homesteader and owner of this land before it became a city. Donating much of the land immediately south of the area to what is now considered Castle Rock, the plots where auctioned off for the previously mentioned meager revenue of $3,400 .
Castle Rock Today
Originally known for rhyolite and cheese, Castle Rock has come a long way since its inception 125 years ago. The 17th largest city in Colorado it is now home to over 46,000 residents. Renowned throughout various national publications for being a great place to live and work, this small town combines big city access with a hometown feeling. Gorgeous natural recreational opportunities abound in combination with various family oriented community events such as chili cook offs, live theater and pottery painting events. And while many of the areas residents work in the Denver Tech Center because of its easy access location, the designer boutiques, public art exhibitions and fair grounds keep its residents from a moment of boredom. When history meets urban culture with such ease and compliment, its no wonder Castle Rock is such a great place to move to in Colorado.
At Exodus we feel that community partnerships are an invaluable aspect of what we do. We work hard to stay abreast of what’s happening in our neighborhood, city and township. Simply put, our number one priority is people. Everything we do is about our customers. For this reason and others, we have enjoyed many years of service in Colorado and beyond. We have said it before, our company functions like a family. With our main offices located in Denver and Fort Collins, it makes sense that we would seek out interesting organizations within these communities to build cooperation with. We take pride in contributing positively to our community and we are proud to support others who do the same. This week we would like to highlight two such organizations that are doing their part to improve life in Fort Collins.
Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce
While every Chamber of Commerce is different, in general they each have one main purpose: to increase the quality and scope of business relationships within a community. The Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce is no exception. With a membership of over 1200 companies, this organization highlights community activities and events, new businesses, government initiatives and issues as well as showcasing information about the city. But perhaps the most interesting thing about this Chamber is the city itself that it represents. Using the slogan, “Where renewal is a way of life,” Fort Collins offers a host of activities for both recreation and business. A city with a rich history, it is currently known for being a great place to raise children. Many people move there temporarily and end up staying as a result of the kind of comfort and feeling of “home” that they find. With a high value in the community being put on outdoor recreation, it’s a fantastic place to start a business and the Chamber is a wonderful resource and support.
One of the core ideas for creating a sustainable situation on our planet comes out of the concept of self supporting communities. If each community is able to generate resources for their own needs and therefore decrease dependence on outside sources, concepts like excess transportation emissions can be minimized. Be Local Northern Colordao is based in Fort Collins and exists under that very premise. “Together We Thrive,” is their guiding byline and serves as a guide for their central idea- to support independent business and community based endeavors. Focusing on business promotion, consumer education and community advocacy since 2006, at Exodus, we are proud to count Be Local as one of our partners.
Today is Valentine’s Day. For some, it’s a day about silly cards, teddy bears and a good excuse for too much chocolate. For others, it’s about fine jewelry and fancy meals. But at Exodus, we believe Valentine’s Day is a day to think about love in your life and the ones who mean the most to you. Perhaps you have a significant other who it’s time to take that “next step” with. If you have been dating for a while and dancing around the issue, maybe it’s time to move in together. If you have been married for a while and you have been living in clutter, it might be time to face the facts of cohabitation. If you still own two of everything, perhaps it’s time for storage.
For dating relationships and newlyweds alike, moving in together can be a big step. And while many people feel secure in their “couple-hood”, many don’t feel altogether comfortable getting rid of their “stuff”. Some people feel that by maintaining separate sets of things, it can create an automatic “out clause”. Others simply prefer to maintain some sense of individuality even and especially within the context of a partnership. For the most part, everyone spent years alone creating a world full of the things they needed to support the life they had. But when two people come together, this can produce an excess of otherwise useful items. You might just end up with two sets of mixing bowls, two enormous book collections or doubles of anything that makes your home complete. But instead of living in chaos, or worse, not moving in together on account of your hand blown glass elephant collection, perhaps these 3 steps might help in creating cohesive cohabitation.
Take an Inventory
There will be many things in your home, especially your kitchen and living room that you will not need two of in the house. If you are about to make the move to live together or if you already have and these things are stuffed somewhere in the “closet of no return” it’s time to get organized. Decide which one is nicer, which one has more sentimental value or whatever characteristic makes it easiest to get rid of one or the other. Once you have done this, either give the extra one away or set it aside for storage.
If you find that you really do have two sets of everything and it’s simply too much or too soon to donate, perhaps it’s time to get a storage unit. Call Exodus, we would love to help.
Create a Timeline
Set a deadline for when it’s time to clear out. Your extra things can remain stored indefinitely, but perhaps the healthiest thing at some point is deciding when you want to let go. A suggestion in this might be “after 3 years of living together we agree to go through our storage unit and make decisions.” This creates a defined time frame for release and in the mean time allows you to maintain that sense of individuality in the midst of your loving relationship.
What do you want this year? If you are honest, what is on the top of your list? If you could make a wish, any wish and you knew it would come true, what would it be?
As the folks here at Exodus are preparing for and participating in the holidays, we are asking ourselves these questions. And while some of the wishes are obvious and could tend to be rather material, when we get down to the heart of it all, our answer isn’t money. It isn’t even to have more business. This year our wish is for you- to have a beautiful holiday season. We wish for less stress and more quality time. We wish for beautiful moments and happy memories of community involvement. We wish for all of us to find what is actually important this year.
Instead of just changing your address this year, why not change your perspective. At Exodus we specialize in peace of mind and would like to work towards peace on earth. The most important aspects of who we are as a company are wrapped up in our commitment to people: our staff, our customers and our community.
So in the midst of the stress, the events, the gift giving and all the things that make the season something to juggle, remember what its all about. Regardless of your take on it, your religious or political opinions, no matter where you come from or where you have been, in the true spirit of the season we would like to wish you peace and love during this holiday. May your days be merry and bright!
Its about this time of year every year that we all start taking stock of what’s important to us. Thanksgiving is an opportunity to reflect on our priorities in this life. At Exodus, we strive to opperate in a grateful state. For this reason, even though we posses national professional expertise and capabilities, we continually remain philanthropically active in our local community.
We realize that as a business nothing is possible without the satisfaction and recommendation of our customers. And during the beginning of this holiday season we feel that saying thanks is one of the most important things we can do. This year, we are saying thank you with Eileens Colossal Cookies. So if you recommended Exodus Moving and Storage this year, you are probably enjoying these right now. From all of us, to all of you: Thank you, for being the best part of our business!
Moving with children can be difficult, especially when they are young. Of course there is the practical side, the sorting and the packing of all of their things and the logistics of where they will be during the transition from one home to another. But there is also a highly emotional side to relocation. It is common for children to feel insecure and act out if they are feeling at all uprooted. In order to avoid this situation as much as possible, it pays to be both organized and think of simple ways to make moving a special experience for the whole family.
Have a Family Meeting. While it may be hard to explain, the sooner your child knows about the move the more time they will have to adjust. Encourage any questions they might have and make the concept of changing homes something that sounds like an interesting adventure.
Get your Kids Involved. If a child feels like they are an important part of the team, they will be more likely to help out. Keep positive energy about your move going. Encourage the planning of a moving sale and allocate the proceeds to something everyone in the family wants like a new game system or a new pet.
Create a Special Bag. Each child should have a special suitcase, packed for about 3 days worth of time. It should include not only living essentials like clothes and toiletries, but also things that will make their first few days in their new place feel like home. Familiar personal items like their favorite toy or blanket, glass or game. This will help your child to feel more like they belong in your new place of residence.
Have a Family Party. Make the first night in your new home special. Order a pizza, play board games on the floor, or make a tent with blankets and boxes. Even though moving can be filled with its headaches and stresses, it is important to find creative ways to make your kids feel like a good change has just occurred in the life of your family.
Good Afternoon Sergio,
We would like to thank you and the Exodus Moving Company for the excellent service.
The delivery service was fast, friendly, hard working and professional as was the pick-up service.
Thank you so much.
We will certainly choose Exodus Movers again for our next moving adventure!
Have a wonderful day!
Petra, Paul and our Dogs( Montag and Nipmuc)
P.S. We already miss Colorado.
There are many factors in a family’s first move, not to mention feelings and emotions. When you are helping your families adjust to a new place and new city that you are going to be calling home, it is important to lead them around so their transition is cushioned with leadership, compassion and understanding. Here’s how you can help.
Take a Tour
Make sure that you clearly state every room and who will be living there, and what the room will look like or what will be done there (family room, laundry room, etc.) Does somebody’s window face the lake? Or have 2 closets? Make this apparent to all. Walk around as a unit and be there for any questions or any confusion as to what room is whose. Also, you can try making things into a game to lighten the mood and to make their first experience in their new home positive and filled with laughter and smiles. Achieve this by playing hide and go seek or tag–especially if the house is empty!
Essentials Box for everyone
Having each person pack themselves an essentials box is incredibly important. For kids it should be things that comfort them. Games, music, books, journals, cameras all are important. Things that they are used to that they can turn to when they need some moments away. If possible, have the family move their essentials boxes so that the kids have a piece of familiarity and home the first night.
Plan a Family Gathering
Although planning anything this early in the game may seem daunting at a time like this, it doesn’t have to be. Find out what every family member wants to eat–grab your biggest blanket and your candles. Set up shop in your living room or dining room on the floor and get ready to talk. Talk about the move, the exciting and not so exciting parts, what you are looking forward to in your new home and city. Get it all out! This is also a fabulous forum for family support and understanding when members open up.
Unpack the Kids Rooms…first!
This is important that you can assure that your babies are taken care of and feeling secure as soon as possible. This includes posters being put up, music being set up or toys being brought out. A happy kid’s room is the key to a happy home.
Making Your Child Comfortable in Their New Room
Kids can be scared in their new living space, especially at night when its time to go to sleep. Make sure to make the room look as close to the old set up as possible to help them feel familiarized and at home ASAP.
There is no getting around it: pets are like family. And only taking the best care for them will do, so make sure that you have taken precautions and prepared for their departure as well as yours to assure that their move as well as yours is smooth and painless. Check out the tips and insights into pet care while traveling:
• Make sure your pet is wearing identification and any required license tags in case they get lost.
• Ask your veterinarian for a copy of your pet’s medical history to take with you, and be sure all shots are current.
• Shortly before the move, your pets may become nervous because of all the unusual activity. Keep a close eye on them; stress may cause them to misbehave or run off. Consider looking into some holistic remedies for calming.
• When you move, take along a health certificate and a rabies vaccination certificate. The health certificate, signed by your veterinarian, says your pet is in good condition. The rabies certificate states when and where your pet was vaccinated.
• Look into the state that you are moving to and make sure that you are prepared for a quarantine period. In many cases your animal will need to be put into quarantine from anywhere from 30 to 120 days before you can take them home.
• After the move, give your pets time to adjust to the new neighborhood. Don’t let your pets roam freely until they learn where new “home” is now to avoid losing them.
• If you pet has an ID implant, remember to have updated contact information.
Follow these tips to make sure that your move is smooth and less stress on your loved ones!