Pamlico Rose

Wellness. Resilience. Courage.
Commitment to better the lives of all who served – VET by VET

Our Mission

Advancing wellness and resilience-building programs for Veterans. Current focus is on female Veterans.  

New From The Pamlico Rose Institute - GRIT Restoration

Rose Haven Center of Healing at Work

Our Work

Our focus is to reach and help female Veterans, specifically, and Veterans overall, overcome the effects of trauma, such as anxiety, stress, and addiction and ease the struggle of the post-military service transition to civilian life, including social and community reintegration. 

We build and deliver an innovative, holistic and results-based program called Total Life Fitness (TLF) that helps Veterans strive to be well and resilient. 

We advocate through learning/exposure, outreach and hosting/sponsoring of events and activities to raise awareness of pressing Veteran issues at local, regional and national levels.

We partner with Veteran Service, civic, educational and non-profit organizations to promote a community supportive and inclusive of all Veterans who have served. To this end, Pamlico Rose Institute has take the REACH pledge to promote awareness of suicide as a public health crisis, in addition to the strategy elaborated in The President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and end a National Tragedy of Suicide (or PREVENTS). We strive to create evidence-based programs to enable tenets of a sound approach to suicide prevention that utilize efforts and partnerships laid out in the Roadmap. 

We act ethically and with integrity, always considering what is best for the Veteran when advancing our mission. 

We are mindful through the development of our infrastructure in the historic district of Washington, NC of our civic responsibility to contribute to the sustainability of the community. As good stewards, we direct our efforts toward the benefit of preservation and reutilization of local cultural, historic, and natural resources as we pursue our mission and projects. 

About Pamlico Rose Institute

Founded in 2016, Pamlico Rose’s programs build a strong foundation of healthy living helping Veterans overcome the effects of trauma and ease the struggle with transition, including social and community reintegration, from military to civilian life. The current efforts focus on helping ease transition/reintegration for female Veterans.

Total Life Fitness (TLF) is an integrated wellness and resilience building approach for women Veterans that promotes healthy living and positive prevention strategies. TLF involves meaningful and persistent attention to daily activities and events, such as healthy eating and cooking, yoga, gardening, creative expression, and movement through nature. Living fit also utilizes behavioral skills such as anxiety management and mindful approaches stress and uncertainty. As well as interpersonal skills to build and engage a supportive community.  Finally, TLF includes self- transcendence – connecting to others, a cause or beliefs beyond self – as an important element in living fit. Pamlico Rose Institute offers an array of TLF programs at the Rose Haven Center of Healing, 1) three-day, two night retreats (2020 schedule suspended due to COVID-19, will resume when safe to do so), 2) Living Fit activity classes in woodworking, meditation, expressive arts; 3) enduring efforts in gardening and woodworking that help build life skills while giving back to the community and connecting with others.  Coming in the near future, a 6-8 week extended Total Life Fitness residential program for women Veterans in recovery from substance misuse.

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on our onsite programming, including social distancing, and the additional and different kinds of stress and anxiety brought on by COVID, our focus on TLF also includes developing a virtual approach to promoting and providing wellness and resilience-building efforts to women Veterans, and Veterans in general.

Total Life Fitness Information

TLF Application Page

TLF Consent Waiver

Discovery and Innovation

Pamlico Rose is expanding knowledge of and appreciation for issues and concerns that affect transition and reintegration of the fast-growing population of female Veterans and their families.  These efforts inform mission and programs as well as support efforts ongoing elsewhere to provide greater awareness and understanding of the impact of military experience on Veterans. 

Total Life Fitness as Prevention 

PRI Wellness Corps

Building a community/regional, integrated public health prevention model to meet the crisis of Veteran suicide

Ongoing and Upcoming

COVID-19 has impacted onsite programming at our Rose Haven Center of Healing, delaying our Total Life Fitness retreats, the 8-week residential Reintegration and Recovery (R&R) experience, day events and our gardening (GAIA) and woodworking (GRIT Restoration) programs. With the ability to social distance, we welcome volunteers to work in the gardens. Like many organizations, PRI moved events and activities that support their mission to a virtual or online space. Healing Vets Weekend was mostly virtual and we have taken that approach and are running with it. Below are “ongoing and upcoming programs and events. 

For more on Ongoing and Upcoming events

Our Home

The Rose Haven Center of Healing is a facility dedicated to serving female Veterans along with other Veteran populations that may struggle with the effects of their military service.  The Center covers ½ neighborhood block in Washington, NC’s historic district.

The Center Includes:

About Washington, NC

Washington lies within the Inner Banks of North Carolina at the headwaters of the Pamlico River, 25 miles upstream from the Pamlico Sound. Washington is a “connected community” featuring tightly-knit historic neighborhoods and a bustling Main Street district that offer a safe and public setting for a retreat that fosters reintegration.  Located directly on the scenic waterfront, downtown Washington offers fine restaurants, antique stores, art galleries, performance centers, and more. The locale’s natural beauty and temperate climate attract wildlife and outdoor sports enthusiasts and produce elegant and dramatic sunsets.

Meet The Pamlico Rose Team

A team of a few, a mission of healing for many

We don’t heal in isolation, but in community
― S. Kelley Harrell

History offers the distance to appreciate the path chosen when reflection illuminates the many paths (and opportunities) not selected. From its inception in 2016 Pamlico Rose Institute has traveled as Paul McCartney among others have sang, “a long and winding road,” a journey depending on the will and inertia of the Pamlico Rose Team. The distinction between staff, BoD members and volunteers blurs in the common goal to create, develop and advance wellness and resilience programs to serve in-need women Veterans. It is 2021 and the road is less winding, with some climbing still ahead. We continue to benefit from the prevailing winds of assistance by the Team, past, present and yet to come.

We start 2021 with the core of the team intact. Pamlico Rose Institute co-founder, CEO and Norwich University adjunct anthropology professor Rob Greene Sands is never more than a couple of steps away from the gardens, renovation, or the art of the possible. Community Resource Associate and psychology graduate student, Kaitlyn O’Donnell, shares the load, challenging the headwind every now and then, while our garden crew of Edna Waldrop, Mary Lynn Smart, and Becky Hinsey tend to the Rose Haven gardens year-round.  Our Board of Directors step into the breach from near and far, their guiding hands also propelling our effort forward. We retain Vice-Chair and public health anthropologist Kelly Earp, Secretary and college professor, Shannon Landrum, Treasurer and policy expert in prevention, diversity and inclusion expert for the DoD, Allison Greene-Sands, members Greg Smith, North Carolina Works Deputy Director and Pam Anderson, our media specialist.

We say fond and heartfelt farewells at the close of 2020 to my colleague in vision, and heart, David Steckel, BoD members Alexis Davis and Brenda Rogers, our bookkeeper Colleen and carpenter Jeremiah Peed and in the next breath, we welcome new Board members to step in the breach, Army Veterans, retired Colonel LiTonya Wilson and retired Sgt Shawn Jones both with considerable experience in leading programs that serve military and Veterans, and Darby Sullivan, a former intelligence analyst and now expert at connecting funders with organizations. We are also very fortunate on a daily basis to work with our new senior strategic advisor, Betty Beachum, and senior financial advisor John Swope, both retired ECU educational professors. Rounding out our 2021 Team is Stasia Kahn, our community gardens expert and experimental horticulturalist.

We are grateful to our Total Life Fitness (TLF) retreat facilitators and all of us stand by to resume on-site TLF programming when virus and opportunity allows.  

Read more about Team Rose here

Our garden crew 

And TLF retreat facilitators here

Our Benefactor - Betty Ann Sands

Betty Sands was far from being just a mother. She inspired those around her by overcoming barriers and never being afraid to push herself to new heights. Betty was a quiet activist, engaging with her heart, mind, time and energy to promote community development and sustainability. Her values of acceptance and tolerance were a model for her husbands, children, and those who knew her. Pamlico Rose stands as a testament to her fortitude and draws inspiration from her life.