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Help Stop Veteran Suicides Now

$522 of $500k goal

Raised by 6 people in 19 months
Keith Lambert  KIHEI, HI
What is the history of the project?

The Ride for the Refuge was an idea that I came up with to highlight veteran mental health awareness issues, to honor fallen veterans, and a means to raise funds to build the City of Refuge Veterans Center, the first of its kind holistic healing center for veterans. We are a 501c3 non-profit organization that specialize in suicide prevention, mental health, and substance abuse counseling services.

 How was this project decided?

When my father was ill, we talked about how the treatment of veterans these days was absolutely shameful.  After dealing with the VA, and becoming hopelessly frustrated, I understood why the suicide rate among veterans was so high. I had a vision to find a better way to help these men and women. I promised my father before he passed away, that I'd follow through and build a holistic healing center for veterans. To raise the necessary funds to build the center, I decided on a cross-country veterans motorcycles trip.


Who will this project help?
Veterans from all over Hawaii and the Mainland
and from all of our fighting forces. 


Goals and Objectives:

The City of Refuge Veterans Center Inc., a place of healing for American veterans, body, mind, and soul. This is a N.G.O.(Non Governmental Organization) operated by veterans, for veterans.
It will be a place where vets can come, relax, and focus solely on their physical, mental, and spiritual health, without any distractions from the modern world.

The City of Refuge will be a comprehensive treatment facility, providing basic medical and psychiatric counseling services.
Veterans can come for either day use, or an overnight stay. They can get all the support, and treatment that they need, all in one place. The Refuge will be open to all veterans, but the emphasis will be on helping returning Iraq and Afghanistan war era veterans.


1. Our mission is to prevent veteran suicides before they happen.

2. To give veterans a place of peace to call their own. Where they can come, relax, and focus solely on their physical, mental, and spiritual health.

3. To provide basic medical and psychiatric counseling services to veterans in need.

4. To create a place to exchange new ideas, information, and treatment options.

5. To inform the American people that this is just the tip of the iceberg. Thousands of veterans are returning from war everyday, and they’re all at risk. With the unusually high suicide rate among veterans, it’s time to stop talking, and start doing something that will save these brave men and women.


Why is this project important?

Many veterans are returning from combat suffering from a variety of disorders. Many haven't filed for disability benefits yet, have been denied benefits, or live too far away from a VA Clinic to receive any kind of tangible help.
Without professional assistance, many of these veterans engage in  self-medication with alcohol, illegal and prescription drugs. This starts a downward spiral of depression and self-loathing that is hard, if not impossible, to recover from. They need professional assistance, and I plan on providing it to them.
If we can afford to send our troops to Iraq and Afghanistan for a tour of duty, we certainly can afford to send them to Maui for a few weeks of treatment and support.
I'm trying to save the lives of the 22 veterans that commit suicide everyday across the United States. In 2014 we had 273 active duty military suicides, and over 8,030 veteran suicides across the United States.
These suicides affect hundreds of thousands of family members every year. These men and women can be saved with the right treatment and support.

My mission is to help these brave men and women before it's too late.


How will the money raised be spent?

Increasing our administrative capabilities. Targeting qualified individuals to add to our team. To raise veteran awareness issues, and our proposed solutions. Campus development feasability studies:

1. Master planning
2. Facilities
3. Architecture
4. Engineering


Pledge Offerings:

 $22 - Help prevent veteran suicides

 $50 - Sponsor a veteran rider for 1 leg of the ride

$100 - Honor a fallen hero; mentioned in a city of your choice.

$500 - Help secure a motorcycle for the ride
 
$1,000 - Help finance the motor coach lease

• Your name in 2” letters on the motor coach
 
$10,000 - Sponsor a complete leg of the ride

• A reserved seat on the back of a motorcycle for 1 leg of the ride
• Your name in 6” letters on the motor coach below premium sponsors
• Your name publically recognized and thanked in all radio/television interviews.
• Your name in all newsletters and social media posts
• Prominently placed on the sponsor page on website

 $50,000 - Become a premier sponsor with your name beside the City of Refuge Maui

• Reserve a seat on the back of a motorcycle for 1 leg of the trip
• Welcome to ride on the motor coach for 1 leg of the trip
• Your name publically recognized and thanked in all radio/television interviews
• Your name in all newsletters and social media posts
• Prominently placed on the sponsor page on website
 

$100,000 - Become a premier sponsor with your name beside the City of Refuge Maui

• You have a reserved single bunk on the motor coach should you desire to join our merry band.
• You get a reserved seat on the back of a motorcycle for any leg of the trip
• Your name publically recognized and thanked in all radio/television interviews
• Your name in all newsletters and social media posts
• Prominently placed on the sponsor page on website


Capt. Keith D. Lambert
Founder & Executive Director
City of Refuge Veterans Center Inc.

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Update 15
Posted by Keith Lambert
3 days ago
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When I first set out to plan a cross country motorcycle trip to raise funds for veterans I thought it was going to be easy. Many people across America support veterans causes. Our mission is to build the first Holistic Healing Center that promotes suicide prevention, mental health and substance abuse counseling. This will be located on the island of Maui. This is no easy task it is going to require help from many different sources. If you support veterans and want to help please make a tax deductible donation here or go to cityofrefugemaui.org Thank you!
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Update 14
Posted by Keith Lambert
2 months ago
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We are still looking for sponsors to sponsor our Ride for the Refuge 2017. This is a 6,138 mile, 22 city, cross country Veterans motorcycle trip. The purpose is to raise veteran mental health awareness issues, to honor fallen heros, and to raise funds to build the City of Refuge Veterans Center. Help stop veteran suicides now. Please donate today.
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Update 13
Posted by Keith Lambert
11 months ago
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Watching my parents spend their last days here on Maui has been very satisfying, at times very stressful, and in the end extremely painful. I am thankful for the time I spent with them and am truly humbled to be their son. When my father, who was also a Marine Corps veteran, was still alive, I promised him I’d start a new veterans treatment facility providing medical and psychiatric counseling services. I was working on this project when my mother suddenly became ill and passed away too. Settling their estate, getting thru their most treasured possessions has been a priority and has left me feeling drained and completely lost. The only thing that remains is a promise to bring their ashes back to Cape Cod, Massachusetts where they raised their six sons. To honor my father, and all veterans past and present, I’ve decided to bring my parents on their final motorcycle ride across America to help raise funds for my non-profit veterans organization known as the City of Refuge Veterans Center Inc. I encourage any veterans out there that are bikers to join me on a ride across America, and to raise funds to build a one of a kind treatment center for veterans located on the island of Maui. I am seeking financial sponsors to help make this trip possible. If you’d like to become a trip sponsor, contact Capt. Keith Lambert directly at 1-808-344-4604 or email me at keith@cityofrefugemaui.org.
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Update 12
Posted by Keith Lambert
16 months ago
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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! The City of Refuge Veterans Center Inc has been formally recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 non profit organization. It's our mission to help veterans struggling with PTSD and other combat related issues. Help save a veterans life today by making a tax free donation to the City of Refuge Veterans Center Inc. Your help and support is greatly appreciated. Aloha!
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$522 of $500k goal

Raised by 6 people in 19 months
Created August 19, 2015
MV
$100
Melanie Vallejos
3 months ago

My father marched in the Bataan death march. I grew up listening to his sotries and I so appreciate all the brave people who serve for us. Thank you

KL
$100
Kriss & Pam Lambert
4 months ago

Aloha Nui Loa

KL
$100
Kristin & Dana Lambert
4 months ago

Happy Veterans Day

RL
$100
Ross Lambert
5 months ago

Good luck on this project for a worthwhile cause.

$22
Anonymous
6 months ago
$100
Ryan & Jamie Lambert
19 months ago

Congratulations Keith- Dad would be proud of you... Love- Ryan & Jamie

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