Rivers of Recovery
Rivers of Recovery is dedicated to providing rehabilitation to physically and psychologically injured combat veterans through innovative, outdoor-based therapies and pioneering research. We strive to provide our participants with therapeutic programs which result in measurable and sustainable improvement.
Our programs are designed to re-enable and re-energize participants and provide the support and self-confidence necessary to maximize long-term recovery.
PROJECT HEALING WATERS
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) began in 2005 serving wounded military service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since then, PHWFF has expanded nationwide, establishing its highly successful program in Department of Defense hospitals, Warrior Transition Units, and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and clinics.
Project Healing Waters brings a high-quality, full-spectrum fly fishing program to an ever-expanding number of disabled active military service personnel across the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, in Military Hospitals and the Warrior Transition Command. We focus our resources wherever the need is greatest and expand our partner base in the process. PHWFF has become recognized as an innovative leader and model in the field of therapeutic outdoor recreation for the disabled, through its successful application of the sport of fly fishing as a rehabilitation tool.
Take a Warrior Fishing
Established in 2011, TWF events are designed to support military personnel and their families, by creating an adaptive, community-based outdoor recreation experience through the sport of fishing.
- Support positive social interactions with the civilian world
- Restore disconnect in the home by increasing family interaction
- Encourage outdoor recreation as a therapeutic outlet
- Empower Veterans to advocate for positive self growth and change
Cast Hope is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization looking to provide kids with the gift of the outdoors. As an organization it is our desire to bring kids and mentors together outside through the sport of fly fishing. In this day and era it seems that our lives are constantly bombarded with screens, whether tvs, computers, ipads, ipods, and gaming systems. Here at Cast Hope we want to break that pattern by immersing people into the environment. Through guided fly fishing trips, fishing clinics, fly tying events, camp outs, road trips, and conservation outings we are trying to create a healthy hobby that kids and mentors can do together. We believe if you provide a positive experience for kids where they grow deeper in their relationship with the mentor, learn how to effecitvely fly fish, receive free necessary equipment, find out that the outdoors has much more to offer than their latest gadget, and learn about how to conserve and sustain our natural resources, then they will naturally want to become outdoor enthusiasts. As an organization it is important for us to provide an environment where kids can become stewards of the outdoors and fly fishing.
C.A.S.T. for Kids Program
The C.A.S.T. for Kids Event was designed to create an adaptive environment where children, ages 5-17, and adults could both benefit, sharing a day of fun on the water that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience.
- Expose children, who may not otherwise get the opportunity, to the sport of fishing and the enjoyment of the outdoors
- Encourage continued participation in fishing by developing skills in the children along with their parents
- Provide education and understanding to children about fish as a natural resource
- Increase the awareness of all participants, parents, sportsmen, and volunteers, to the capabilities of children with disabilities, in effect strengthening local communities
“Getting more kids fishing, more often”, established in 1996, with a focus on urban youth and teaching angling and environmental stewardship.
Goals of the Fishing Kids Program
- Provide a meaningful and enjoyable fishing opportunity to local youth
- Promote fishing as an alternative leisure activity
- Offer education elements such as angler ethics, fish identification, and water safety to local youth
- Develop skills that provide a lifelong hobby