You’re Never Alone with TAPS Community Based Care
TAPS hosts Seminars, Retreats and Care Groups across the country, but many survivors just aren't ready yet to attend a big event or cannot travel to one of our event locations. That is why our Community Based Care program is a vital part of making sure our survivors never feel alone and are always connected to the resources and support they need right in their own community.
We currently have Care Groups that meet monthly in 19 locations across 14 states. These are informal gatherings with other grieving military survivors and loved ones hosted by a TAPS Peer Mentor or mental health professional. These free monthly meetings are not designed to be therapy groups, but they are therapeutic and offer a safe space with others who lost a hero serving in the military. When you need the support of your TAPS family we are there.
Care Groups often meet for special gatherings at Memorial Day or other holidays and may take field trips to participate in local equine therapy or other healing outdoor spaces. TAPS is thrilled to announce we are set to launch new Care Group locations in 2017 in Florida, Maryland and New Mexico, to list a few. Our Care Groups meet at restaurants, churches and other easily accessible locations and many provide child care as needed. The most important thing is that they offer a listening ear and true understanding about the grief journey we share.
For those who don't live near a Care Group, TAPS has other resources available to you. In 2016, we launched a partnership with VideoMedicine to offer a telemedicine option available through an app for iOS and Android devices or a webcam-enabled computer. That means you can receive private counseling in the convenience of your home or on the go. If technology is not your cup of tea, TAPS Community Based Care staff can also connect you to a list of local bereavement, hospice or other mental health resources right where you live.