Rally Point Re­treat opens its doors

Work done at re­treat made pos­si­ble with help from vol­un­teers, Jo­han Grundy says

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There was no short­age of visi­tors to Rally Point Re­treat in Sable River dur­ing an open house on Sept. 29.

The broth­er­hood from at least three vet­er­ans’ mo­tor­cy­cle clubs made the trek to the non-profit haven for vet­er­ans and first re­spon­ders suf­fer­ing with post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der (PTSD), where they were joined by lo­cal res­i­dents and com­mu­nity sup­port givers.

“We had close to 85, 90 peo­ple,” said Jo­han Grundy, who, with her hus­band Bob, runs Rally Point Re­treat from their home. “There were lots of pos­i­tive com­ments. Quite a few peo­ple are happy that we’re here and the peo­ple who were here be­fore saw the changes that have been hap­pen­ing in­side.”

She said the work that has been done would not have been pos­si­ble with­out vol­un­teers help­ing them out. “The li­brary is com­pleted in huge part to some gen­tle­men from the Cle­mentsport Le­gion in the val­ley,” she said. “We’re very for­tu­nate. Very thank­ful.”

Rally Point Re­treat is the lat­est re­cip­i­ent of a do­na­tion by the 100+ Women Who Care of Shel­burne County. The $9,700 do­na­tion is go­ing to be put to good use in help­ing to con­tinue build­ing the Rally Point Re­treat vi­sion.

“We’ve been in dis­cus­sions with the 143rd En­gi­neer­ing Squadron to look at get­ting the trails and road­ways

put in on the 202 acres that is Rally Point Re­treat prop­erty,” said Grundy. “Some of that money is go­ing to build­ing the road­ways and trails. They’ll pro­vide the labour. We pro­vide the ma­te­ri­als. That’s go­ing to get us well on our way to get­ting the cab­ins built for home­less vets and first re­spon­ders.”

To fur­ther as­sist with the project, Bob Grundy (left) greets a vis­i­tor at the Rally Point Re­treat open house on Sept. 29.

a band­saw mill do­nated by Mil­i­tary Minds Inc. to Rally Point Re­treat in July will be put to use milling lum­ber from fallen tress on the prop­erty to

build­ing tiny homes and cab­ins to house vet­er­ans. The mill was demon­strated dur­ing the open house, with a fallen tree milled into a 4x4.

“It was great to see from start to fin­ish,” said Grundy, not­ing the left­overs will be­come fire­wood so there’s zero waste.

Grundy said peo­ple “are start­ing to pay at­ten­tion” to the work be­ing done and the help be­ing of­fered at Rally Point Re­treat and that’s great.

“In the first-re­spon­der world they don’t have the sup­port that the mil­i­tary and the RCMP have even though the mil­i­tary and RCMP sup­port has been great when folks get di­ag­nosed and have to leave work, but the first re­spon­ders, mu­nic­i­pal po­lice, paramedics, the 911 op­er­a­tors, they have noth­ing in the way of sup­port when they have to leave work, so we def­i­nitely have to step up to help them and find ways to get them on an even keel and in a bet­ter sit­u­a­tion,” she said. “Part of that is the tiny homes and cab­ins so they have some­where to go.”

KATHY JOHN­SON

Ken Riles and his wife Deb tour the wood­work­ing shop at Rally Point Re­treat dur­ing the open house. “It’s an amaz­ing place,” said Deb.

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