We are currently planning our 5th Annual River Challenge that spans 175 miles over the course of 7 days.
This River Challenge forges a bond that galvanizes all the Veterans and Emergency Responders that participate. The components of service and teamwork are on display throughout this SEVEN Day Trek. This adventure is a one of a kind experience, so don’t miss out!!
You can join us this year in either all or part of the challenge; all participants and skill levels are welcome.
There are several Sponsorship Opportunities available. Sponsor a team.
We will launch on DAY ONE from 645 Rosewood Drive Columbia, South Carolina (See map below). We will have several daytime and overnight stops down the river for logistical and planning purposes. We plan to disembark at the Citadel Military College in Charleston, South Carolina on the final day.
How to get started?
– $500 per team (suggested entrance fee)
– Food will be covered by sponsors (care to sponsor – Donate Here)
– You will need to bring camping gear for overnight stays (there will be a designated logistic team that will assist with moving gear from site to site)
– Have you never kayaked before? Not a problem. We have partnered with TRR Columbia (Team River Runner) and they will provide free training and safety classes on designated dates prior to our launch. For more information about TRR visit their Facebook page HERE. Feel free to contact us with any further questions.
Our mission is simple, we directly provide training and resources that assist in the support to Veterans and First Responders dealing with Mental Health and Trauma related issues. This is a service that these demographics desperately need. Project Josiah (PJ) seeks to successfully integrate Veterans into their communities. This River Challenge Fundraiser will bring an awareness, understanding and educate the community as a whole to what those who have served continue to deal with on a daily basis.
All Veterans want to be valued no matter age, gender or period that they have served. Many are unaware of the resources and benefits that are readily available to them within the community. PJ’s goal is to connect Veterans with resources, both directly from us or connect them with one of our many partnerships throughout the Veteran community.
We value our Veterans and we take the cause of advocacy very seriously when it comes to our brothers and sisters in arms. We pride ourselves with our daily mantra we proudly proclaim, “Serving those who have SERVED”. We have created foundational tools and formalized a support agenda that will enable us to positively shape the environment for Active Duty Military members, Veterans, Emergency First Responds and their Families for many years to come.
PJ Mental Health Mission is to provide interim and emergency counseling services to ensure the psychological health and well-being of to not only Combat Veterans but to ALL Veterans and their families. This service has also been extended to our Emergency Serve Providers (ESP) as well.
Our main goal is to aid in the reduction rate of suicide associated with Military, Veterans and ESP’s suffering with Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) and other related psychological injuries. We understand that PTSD is not exclusive to the Veteran community, but it impacts that community at an extremely HIGH RATE!
PJ has trained group facilitators that are certified with training in the field of Mental Health First Aid. We have found that Peer to Peer Counseling is a successful tool and resource that we can afford these men and women who are suffering. (for more information feel free to contact us)