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Founded in 2005, The Mission Project is a non-profit reminding our military that they're not alone. Founded by Mary Bergerson, the disabled widow of Sgt. Douglas Bergerson, in order to honor his memory and military service following his suicide. We lose 23 soldiers and veterans a day to suicide every day. It is her vision to end this though our programs and helping soldiers to find healthier way of coping with their issues, as suicide is a permanent solution to often a temporary problem.

The Mission Project strives to support our military and its veterans through our programs and partnerships with other businesses, churches, and organizations that positively help assist and support our armed forces. We are committed to mental health, advocacy, reintegration, suicide prevention, comradery and fellowship. Our motto is if we all do a little we can accomplish a lot.

The Mission Project also runs a camp focusing on veterans with PTSD. The group has no paid staff, meaning 100% of donations benefit the group's programs.

The programs they offer are: 

Care Packages: Throughout the year we send cards, notes, and care packages to our military to let them know they are not alone and we care. We send extra love and encouragement over the holidays (Valentine’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas), as well as Veterans Day. We are always in need of folks willing to write cards, letters of encouragement and kids to color pictures to include in our care packages. The majority of our care packages go overseas but exceptions are made for soldiers/veterans in crisis, recovering in hospitals or in nursing homes. Soldiers and veterans can sign up for care packages through our website or by sending an email to missionproject2005@gmail.com

Freedom Fighters Support Group: Once a month we host and peer-driven support group for our military and veterans along with their family and/or support system. We offer a community meal, acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, yoga, and live music free of charge. We have resource tables that may include information on employment, VA benefits, mental health, and other community resources. We try to customize resource tables to meet current needs. We currently meet the first Tuesday of every month at Trinity Church in Lakeville from 6-8 p.m. (10658 210th St W, Lakeville, MN 55044) We are looking to launch a second location in South Minneapolis is the spring of 2017.

Camp Scholarship Fund: The Mission Project partners with a variety of PTSD and Family Camps dedicated to our military, veterans and their families. This fund will allow our military/veterans to attend a camp that meets their needs free of charge.

We also have a Gift Card Grant Program for soldiers and veterans in crisis where veterans can apply for $150.00 in gift cards twice a year if they are in crisis. These gift cards are to be used to meet immediate needs like food, gas and clothing and are usually one retail card, one grocery card and one gas card for $50 each. Priority is given to soldiers and veterans using our programs as funds are limited, but we do our best to meet everyone’s need.

For more information about the organization, upcoming events and to make a contribution, click here.