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CA Fan Visits NC

CA Fan Visits NC

David and I were the last ones still at Rose Haven at 12:30pm Sunday after closing up our coffee shop experience, On Common Grounds.  The last chair and table were stowed inside.  A car popped into the parking lot.  A window rolled down on the passenger side. “Are you...

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Vista Member Joins PR

Vista Member Joins PR

September 04, 2019 - My Personal Blog This year, at least for myself, Labor Day weekend ended with a little extra excitement than most years.  I was welcomed into the Pamlico Rose family on Tuesday as well as sworn in officially...

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Honoring Those Who Help Us Grow

Honoring Those Who Help Us Grow

The dog days of August seemed like a good time to stop for a moment, wipe the sweat and grime from our brows and put on some clean clothes.  In other words, smell the roses, and appreciate those who have supported the last year of work on the development of the Betty...

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Work Day with idX and Troop 21 – 27 July 2019

Work Day with idX and Troop 21 – 27 July 2019

 Seven-fifteen on this last Saturday morning, that’s right, 7:15 AM, and the volunteers from idX, with Heather Bullock, HR lead being one of the first arriving, were already showing up at Rose Haven for their Garden workday.  The early morning was a delight, cool...

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The Randolph Garden

The Randolph Garden

Tuesday of last week, we officially designated the garden area on the west side of the Rose Haven sign as the Louis Randolph Memorial Garden.  By that I mean we were able to meet up with Betty Randolph, owner of New Beginning Funeral Home, the wife of...

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An Historic Window into Rose Haven Rehab

An Historic Window into Rose Haven Rehab

Coming AlongAs the rehabilitation of Rose Haven continues, and we wait our turn in having our General Contractor and subcontractors come off other projects, we are not sitting idly by.  Daily work on the gardens advances and is visible to those driving by or stopping...

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2019 VET Talks Videos

2019 VET Talks Videos

Our 2019 VET Talks presentations are now accessible on Pamlico Rose’s YouTube channel.  The Talks featured two remarkable military officers.  Both are advancing the health and wellness of the force relying on their academic, professional, and personal experience to...

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Progress

Progress

In the best of worlds, absent the effect of outside forces, say, two hurricanes in the last 9 months, progress on Rose Haven building and construction projects marches along at a steady pace.  Along with meeting deadlines, progress can be visible to those working on...

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Happenings – June 2019

Happenings – June 2019

Every now and then, we like to take time out from our attention on Pamlico Rose and highlight events and folks who directly or indirectly contribute time and effort to our mission. Our bookkeeper Colleen Steckel is on the advisory committee of MEadvocacy.org which...

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Louis Randolph Memorial Garden

Louis Randolph Memorial Garden

Over the last three weeks, I worked on building a small garden on the west side of the Rose Haven Center of Healing straddling the boundary we share with the Randolph Funeral Home.  With Board member Greg Smith’s help in planning and assistance, the garden is now...

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Vets Come to Town

Vets Come to Town

On Friday, May 24, we hosted the East Carolina Veterans Coalition (ECVC) at Rose Haven Center of Healing.  The Chamber of Commerce provided their upstairs conference room for our monthly meeting afterwards. I am a member of the Board and ECVC was a partner with...

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Bricks of Appreciation

Bricks of Appreciation

Pamlico Rose recognizes those who help us build and grow our mission with our brick of appreciation.  Thad Aley from Arts of the Pamlico has been instrumental in the success of the Veteran Art Exhibit and the  Healing Vets Weekend events at the Turnage.  He also...

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Pamlico Rose Awarded a VISTA Resource for a Year

Pamlico Rose Awarded a VISTA Resource for a Year

Pamlico Rose will be the recipient of a VISTA worker for the 2019-2020 year.  As part of an East Carolina University K-12 STEM AmeriCorps/VISTA initiative, Pamlico Rose will join five other organizations being awarded VISTA support.  VISTA workers support...

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HVW19 – Building Community by being a Builder

HVW19 – Building Community by being a Builder

The last of the six events for the Healing Vets Weekend kicked off with Veterans leading the way.  Stoeckert, James and Adams, a great local band with exquisite harmonies and a comfortable cohesive sound, is composed of two Veterans.  They gladly played for two hours...

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Eagle Scout to Raise Garden Beds

Eagle Scout to Raise Garden Beds

by Robert Greene Sands - Lucas Wood stopped by the Gardens one day last month and said he wanted to help our efforts at Rose Haven Center of Healing and do his Eagle Scout project on a need of ours.  We suggested building our raised garden beds and his interest was...

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Out in Front from Behind the Mask

Out in Front from Behind the Mask

by Robert Greene SandsMembers of Disabled American Veterans Chapter #48 participated in a healing arts workshop for local military Veterans at the Historic Turnage Theatre on Saturday, April 27.  The workshop was entitled “Opportunities for Expression” and featured...

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Community Support and Wellness Go Hand-in-hand

Community Support and Wellness Go Hand-in-hand

On Saturday, April 13, 2019, materials about the upcoming Healing Vets Weekend were handed out at the Beaufort County Health Fair alongside info about myalgic encephalomyelitis, fibromyalgia, CFS, Gulf War Illness and other similar diseases.Colleen Steckel founder of...

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Total Life Fitness Retreat

Total Life Fitness Retreat

Pamlico Rose, a Washington, NC nonprofit that advances health and wellness programs for Veterans – Vet by Vet, is offering a 5-day Total Life Fitness Retreat for female Veterans who may be struggling with transition and reintegration at their Rose Haven Center of...

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Rose Haven & Pamlico Rose FAQs

Rose Haven & Pamlico Rose FAQs

When will the house be done?  Rob Greene Sands (RGS) – “We are planning for occupancy this year.  We changed general contractors at the beginning of 2019, which caused an unexpected delay as we await the building permit to be reissued.  As soon as the permit is...

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2018 VET Talks Videos

2018 VET Talks Videos

Pamlico Rose has posted video presentations of the 2018 VET Talks – IBX on our YouTube channel.  Filmed on June 1st at Washington, NC’s historic Turnage Theatre, the inaugural TEDx-like VET talks were a part of the Healing Vets Weekend held May 31st through June 2nd....

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Two PRISC BoD Members Finish Terms – New Member Joins

Two PRISC BoD Members Finish Terms – New Member Joins

Two Pamlico Rose Board of Directors (BoD) members have resigned, after completing their terms, citing busy schedules and personal commitments.  Retired Army Major General Gary Patton, who worked with Board Chair and CEO Robert Greene Sands on the Pamlico Rose concept...

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Our Old House – Ep3: Bones

Our Old House – Ep3: Bones

This video blog can be accessed at Pamlico Rose’s YouTube channel. It's 7 in the morning on a sultry July in Washington, NC and rain is waking our Rose Haven up. I am Robert Greene Sands, CEO of Pamlico Rose,and this is episode 3 of Our Old House. I am standing in the...

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Our Old House – Ep2:  Space and Place

Our Old House – Ep2: Space and Place

(see the video portion of this blog at Pamlico Rose’s YouTube channel) An information paper on the benefits of gardening as healing can be found here. Welcome to episode 2 of our Old House - by Robert Sands Our Rose Haven is a center of healing for female Veterans and...

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Our Old House

Our Old House

It has been a year since the Pamlico Rose Institute for Sustainable Communities purchased 219 E. 3rd Street in Washington, NC and re-named it Rose Haven, the future re-integration home for women Veterans.  It has been since the late summer/early fall of 2017 that...

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PRISC Editor changes careers, not passion.

PRISC Editor changes careers, not passion.

Marie Coreil, as our copy editor, is a vital part of PRISC communications, including newsletters, columns, press releases and more.  A retired professor living in Oregon, and one who was looking for change of pace and doing meaningful pro bono work in the non-profit...

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In The Blink Of An Eye

In The Blink Of An Eye

With 24 hours notice, a group of four PRISC volunteers attacked a house in the Washington NC historic district, with the hope of reclaiming material to be used in the rehabilitation of Rose Haven and other historic houses.  With the permission of the demolition...

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Gamma Beta Phi Gives Donation to Rose Haven

Gamma Beta Phi Gives Donation to Rose Haven

[submitted by Crystal Reynolds] All institutions of higher learning have student groups and clubs. These clubs range from academic groups to groups that are for fun. Beaufort County Community College (BCCC) has many of these groups. One such student organization at...

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The Return of Work Days!

The Return of Work Days!

[from Robert Sands] Spring has Sprung and winter is in our rear view mirror.  And that means workdays are on the horizon! We anticipate good weather and that means we can now turn our attention from all the great work done on the interior of Rose Haven over the winter...

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Healing Design

Healing Design

Submitted by Robert Sands Recently, PRISC hosted Landis Pinkham and Tricia Wollard, the owners of Cottage Junkies, the antique furniture store from Washington, at Rose Haven.   I approached them about helping us with the interior design of Rose Haven for several...

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My Family’s Connection to Service to Our Country

My Family’s Connection to Service to Our Country

February 14, 2018 My Personal Blog - Crystal Reynolds Every generation has a story - a story about how their family came to be, stories about the generations before them and how they were formed.  This is the story of how my particular branch of the family’s role in...

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Snow Falling in the Pines

Snow Falling in the Pines

[authored by Robert Sands] As January closes out, and snow fell on Rose Haven (and elsewhere), I want to take this opportunity to highlight recent donations and new additions to PRISC all volunteer staff. New Additions We are fortunate to welcome three new folks to...

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Donate Via Google

Donate Via Google

Donations can be made to PRISC via the Google for Nonprofits program!  And the best part is that there are no administration fees.  100% of your donation will be applied to the programs of PRISC.  Two ways to access this is to Google "Pamlico Rose" and look for the...

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Preparing For Residents

Preparing For Residents

Through a Thrivent Financial Action Team donation, volunteer Colleen Steckel was able to purchase materials for a number of wall quilts for the Rose Haven project.  PRISC teamed up with the Pamlico River Quilters Guild (PRQG) to initiate a project to create quilted...

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A PRISC Holiday Greeting

A PRISC Holiday Greeting

[Authored by Robert Sands] The last days of 2017 are quickly disappearing amidst holiday cheer.   I remember as a kid going around the Christmas dinner table with our extended family and having to give one experience or thing out loud that year that was meaningful. ...

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The Passing of an Icon

The Passing of an Icon

[authored by Robert Sands] A giant in the field of history, art and architecture passed away recently.  Vincent Scully was perhaps the most influential voice in humanizing architecture, said the Washington Post in Scully’s obituary, architecture’s purpose “was not to...

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CEO’s Ribbon Cutting Speech

CEO’s Ribbon Cutting Speech

Below is CEO Robert Greene Sands’ speech at the 04 November 2017 ribbon-cutting, celebrating the beginning of Rose Haven. Thank you, Reverend Tomlinson, Welcome all to our ribbon-cutting at Rose Haven, Pamlico Rose Institute for Sustainable Communities' initial pilot...

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The Revolve (Helping Others Help Yourself)

The following is a poem written by Carlise Jones Carter, read at the 04 NOV 17 Rose Haven Ribbon Cutting by the author: The Revolve (Helping Others Helps Yourself) Taking the longest way in the heart of the day But you can see a hand through uncharted land where you...

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Rose Haven Ribbon Cutting

Rose Haven Ribbon Cutting

    Saturday, November 4 marked a milestone for the Pamlico Rose Institute for Sustainable Communities.  Over 100 supporters of Rose Haven attended its ribbon cutting held at the 219 E. 3rd Street, Washington, NC project house.   CEO Robert Greene Sands...

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An Evening Conversation with Holly Dunn

An Evening Conversation with Holly Dunn

Update - 13 NOV 17:  Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event with Holly Dunn had to be cancelled.  We will be rescheduling her visit as soon as possible, and will be notifying the public at that time.  Thank you. =================================== On November 15...

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Thrivent Sponsors Demo Day

Thrivent Sponsors Demo Day

On August 12th, 2017, 18 (mostly senior) volunteers came together to help remove interior wall and ceiling boards from the Rose Haven house, as well as assorted (unusable construction material from the barn.  It was a very successful day, as we were able to fill two...

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Demo Days

Demo Days

[Authored by Robert Sands] Demolishing things seems to be hardwired into our society’s DNA.   Demolition derbies showcase wanton disregard for the driver’s car as well as the victim’s vehicle.  YouTube is filled with videos of buildings being taken down, imploding in...

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Out of the Shadows

Out of the Shadows

[authored by Robert Sands]  Trees grow quickly and abundantly in Washington, NC.  Over time, if not tended and managed they sprawl and encompass all that is around.  Shrubs and the pesky vines that have giant thorns outpace trees in their growth and before you know...

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PRISC Prepares for the Future By Looking Into the Past

PRISC Prepares for the Future By Looking Into the Past

[authored by Chase Taylor] The more we learn about 219 E. 3rd, our future reintegration home for female Vets, the more I begin to feel like a part of its history.  We know of at least four generations that have lived in that house and the Pamlico Rose Institute for...

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Our Old House

Our Old House

[authored by Robert Sands]  July 1, 2017 The age of a house is not like the age of human.  It doesn’t really have comparable equivalency to another species (like dog years) either.   In fact, houses can outlive their occupants.  Old houses still standing were built...

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Work Begins

Work Begins

[authored by Robert Sands] For many who drive 3rd Street in Washington, NC, the old deserted two-story house - just past the Bonner Ave intersection, recessed well back from the curb with an overgrown line of hedges reaching skyward pinning it in on one side and the...

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Memorial Day 2017 in Washington, NC

Memorial Day 2017 in Washington, NC

Washington, NC celebrated Memorial Day 2017 with an hour long ceremony, emceed by Commander Juanita White of the Beaufort County DAV/DAVA Chapter #48.  A special thank you to the Iron Order MC Skeleton Krew, who made sure attendees were hydrated during the ceremony in...

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Intern Joins PRISC

Intern Joins PRISC

May 16, 2017 My Personal Blog I am very excited to become a new member to the team.  I am very thankful for the opportunity that State Employees Credit Union Public Fellows Internship program and PRISC have given me.  I just recently finished my fourth year of college...

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Marching for Tomorrow’s Community

Marching for Tomorrow’s Community

On Saturday, April 30, PRISC personnel joined 200,000 people that took to the streets of the nation’s capital, and hundreds of thousands more in marches around the country and the world, to march and show support for continued investigation and exploration into the...

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Science Marches On

Science Marches On

Today is all about celebrating the accomplishments of local communities, pushing the conversation forward, and reflecting on the power of this movement. --March for Science webpage, https://satellites.marchforscience.com/ On Saturday, April 22, the March for Science...

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Monday, January 9, 2017 is no real special day

Monday, January 9, 2017 is no real special day

Monday, January 9, 2017 is no real special day. New Year’s 2017 has already happened and if you live anywhere in the US, and for that matter, the world, January 20 has yet to happen.  That day of course is the Inauguration of the 45th President of the US.  In my...

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Meet PRISC’s Project Engineer

Meet PRISC’s Project Engineer

  It seems that every time we move, we end up further east ... our latest move to Washington, NC being the furthest so far.  (Much further and we'd be pretty wet.) Originally from the Pacific Northwest, my wife Colleen and I have lived in WA, OR, ID, CA, UT, OH,...

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The Future Lies in the Communities of the Past

The Future Lies in the Communities of the Past

Traveling up the eastern seaboard of the US one-day last Fall, my wife, Allison and I wandered through North Carolina’s Inner Banks on our way back home to Alexandria, VA, mixing beautiful vistas with whiffs of history found in the small river towns along the way. ...

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