Restorative Support for Military Veterans and First Responders

Our vision is to positively influence and enhance the lives of First Responders and Combat Veterans along with their families, suffering stressors from service through creative arts and team dynamics.

Testimonial from a family member of one of our participants:

"Last year, while I was looking for a garage in the West Valley where my husband could work on his car project, I came across Guardian Garage in Peoria. In all honesty I couldn’t believe what I had found. Daniel (my husband) is a 100% combat-disabled veteran who spent 8 years in the Marine Corps. He had recently taken a break from work and the lack of routine was really affecting his mental health and outlook on life. After getting in touch with Craig, we went to meet the team one evening and it’s been a life changing experience from that point. They gave Daniel instruction and support in everything from cars to welding and then some, but the real take-away is knowing he has somewhere to go with like-minded people to do something constructive. The VA should really take note of what Craig, Jerry, and Bob (and the others!) are up to out here because this type of therapy is really needed in the first-responder and veteran community." – Nicole

Our Mission

Restoring People and Cars

Just like cars, people break down too.

We provide restorative support for Active and Retired First Responders & Military Service Members who have experienced the effects of trauma while in service by bringing new life to old things. Our program focuses on providing a lifelong way to manage and cope with trauma in a creatively artistic way through restoration of cars and collectibles.

Empowering Veterans and First Responders Through Creative Restoration

At Guardian Garage, we are a community driven organization of first Responders and Veterans dedicated to supporting veterans and first responders in their journey towards healing and resilience. We understand the lasting impact that trauma can have on these individuals, and we believe in providing them with a lifelong way to manage and cope through the creative art of car and collectible restoration. Through our unique approach, we offer a safe and supportive environment where veterans and first responders can find solace and purpose in restoring cars and collectibles, channeling their emotions into meaningful projects. By engaging in this creative process, they can find a renewed sense of purpose, regain a sense of control, and develop new skills. Guardian Garage serves as a catalyst for personal growth and empowerment, fostering camaraderie and connections among participants, while ultimately helping them reclaim their lives and find joy in the journey of restoration.

Supporting Those Who Suffer From Trauma & PTSD

Trauma and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) deeply impact the lives of veterans and first responders. These individuals frequently encounter highly stressful and traumatic situations while in service to their country or community. Such experiences can have profound and lasting effects on their mental and emotional well-being. PTSD, a common consequence of trauma, can manifest as intense flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, depression, and hypervigilance. It can also affect personal relationships, work performance, and overall quality of life. The invisible wounds left by trauma and PTSD often go unrecognized, leading to isolation and a sense of helplessness. At Guardian Garage, we acknowledge the significant impact of trauma on veterans and first responders and strive to provide them with a transformative outlet for healing, coping, and rebuilding their lives.

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Transforming Lives Through Empowerment and Healing

Donating to and supporting Guardian Garage is an opportunity to make a profound difference in the lives of veterans and first responders who have sacrificed so much for our communities. By contributing to our cause, you are enabling us to provide a unique and powerful avenue for healing and empowerment. Your support helps us create a nurturing environment where these individuals can find solace, purpose, and a sense of belonging through the restoration of cars and collectibles. By donating to Guardian Garage, you are directly impacting the lives of veterans and first responders, offering them a lifelong way to manage and cope with trauma creatively. Your contribution helps us provide essential resources, training, and support services that foster personal growth, resilience, and a renewed sense of purpose. Together, we can honor their service and provide a path to healing, ensuring that those who have given so much can reclaim their lives, find joy, and build a brighter future. Participation is completely confidential. Our resources include licensed clinicians who specialize in veteran and first responder mental health.

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We take an artistic approach to relieving stress and anxiety related to military and first responder service.
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Our Corporate sponsors help us make a huge difference in the lives of so many. their assistance is invaluable to making Guardian Garage work.

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How Our Program Can Help

Benefits of the Program

You will be around around folks who have walked a similar path and can help in a myriad of ways. Our staff has been there done that. No skills are necessary to participate we will provide the knowledge and support to guide you into whatever artistic medium makes you feel comfortable.

Our objective is to provide the skills and techniques to continue the Participants understanding of stress management through the creative process of restoration and modification of previously discarded or decaying objects. This skillset will provide a lifelong benefit in dealing with their specific mental health issues as well as provide a way to socialize and integrate with the community and family.

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At Guardian Garage, our projects serve as powerful tools for veterans and first responders to manage and cope with trauma in a uniquely creative and artistic way. Through the restoration of cars and collectibles, we provide a therapeutic outlet that allows individuals to channel their emotions, memories, and experiences into tangible expressions of resilience. Engaging in the restoration process not only imparts valuable mechanical skills but also enables participants to reclaim a sense of control and accomplishment. Each project becomes a metaphorical journey of transformation, mirroring the personal growth and healing experienced by our veterans and first responders. By harnessing their creativity and focusing their energy, our projects become vehicles for catharsis, self-discovery, and renewed purpose. Through the power of artistry and restoration, we empower these remarkable individuals to rewrite their narratives, find inner strength, and forge a lifelong path towards healing.

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