Storytelling Empowers Veterans: The Ariel Group Announces Partnership with The Homefront Foundation, Inc.

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The Ariel Group, a portfolio company of Renovus Capital Partners, said Monday that it has partnered with The Homefront Foundation, Inc. The Homefront Foundation helps veterans, service members, and first responders use storytelling techniques to reconnect and integrate back into their communities.

"The mission of The Homefront Foundation aligns perfectly with Ariel’s interactive, theater-based approach to create a unique, much-needed service to these great men and women and those they serve.”

The Ariel Group LLC, a registered B Corporation and communication skills training company based in Lexington, Massachusetts, has partnered with The Homefront Foundation, a Tampa, Florida-based non-profit organization that helps veterans, service members, and first responders through storytelling.

“The Ariel Group is delighted to collaborate with The Homefront Foundation on this important work,” says Sean Kavanagh, Ariel’s CEO. “We teach storytelling in corporate and higher education settings around the world and we were very pleased to meet Matt Fetterman in our program at Columbia and now be invited to see the power of stories for our returning veterans. We look forward to continued collaboration and to supporting the healing and connecting power of stories for the men and women who serve.”

Founded in 2016 by Matt and Mark Fetterman, twin brothers who both served in the Navy, The Homefront Foundation helps veterans rehabilitate to life – both personally and professionally – through the power of storytelling.

“As veterans return home from a deployment, a sleepless shift at the station or a disaster response effort, people expect them to seamlessly reintegrate into their work, their communities, and their families,” explains Matt Fetterman. “The stressors and challenges faced in doing this are what many will never fully understand. It is only through sharing and storytelling that we can begin to learn these lessons and discover more of who wears the uniform, carries the shield or serves on that front line. The mission of The Homefront Foundation aligns perfectly with Ariel’s interactive, theater-based approach to create a unique, much-needed service to these great men and women and those they serve.”

Since its founding, The Ariel Group has worked with organizations that service communities for the greater good. Hoping to impact the non-profit world as strongly as the corporate world, The Ariel Group focuses outreach efforts on professions and agencies that rely on their communication skills to affect positive change on a fundamental, humane level. Other recent partnerships include The Acumen Fund, The United Nations and The Social Innovation Forum.

“Our training creates the space for our veterans to tell the stories that are stitched into the fabric of who they are, and in doing so, there is a gained understanding of that specific piece of them that up until this point was most likely hidden,” says Meghan Zbikowski, Outreach Manager of The Ariel Group. “Providing this training and hearing these stories of those who serve our country is an absolute privilege. We look forward to the continued development our partnership with The Homefront Foundation and more importantly the profound value this work will bring to our veterans, their families and community.”

About The Ariel Group
Using best practices from actor training and adult learning, The Ariel Group helps business people make impactful interpersonal connections through emotional intelligence, self-awareness and dynamic communication skills.

Our mission is to teach individuals at every level to communicate effectively and build empathetic relationships with each other, to help their organizations experience higher engagement, increase innovation, improve team dynamics and expand leadership pipelines. Clients include American Express, Capital One, Coca-Cola, Harvard Business School, Procter & Gamble, Thyssen-Krupp, and a diverse mix of Fortune 1000 corporations and major MBA programs. More information: http://www.arielgroup.com.

About The Homefront Foundation
The Homefront Foundation, a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on teaching veterans and service members how to tell their story. By using The Ariel Group’s techniques, and developing their own structured approach, these stories can be therapeutic, serve as a coping strategy, and they allow for individuals to reconnect and build relationships in their communities, in their workplace, and most importantly, in their homes. More information: http://www.thehomefrontfoundation.org/

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