Band­saw Mill do­na­tion made to Rally Point Re­treat

Rally Point helps those liv­ing with PTSD

South Shore Breaker - - LOCAL - KATHY JOHN­SON TRI-COUNTY VAN­GUARD kathy.john­son@bel­

A do­na­tion of a band­saw mill by Mil­i­tary Minds Inc. will help Rally Point Re­treat in Sable River build upon its foun­da­tion as a non­profit haven for vet­er­ans and first re­spon­ders suf­fer­ing with Post Trau­matic Stress Dis­or­der


About a dozen mem­bers of Mil­i­tary Minds paid a visit to the Sable River re­treat and home of Bob and Jo­han Grundy on Aug. 5 to make the do­na­tion be­fore head­ing out on their sec­ond an­nual Rolling Bar­rage, a cross-coun­try mo­tor­cy­cle ride in sup­port of vet­er­ans, serv­ing mem­bers and first re­spon­ders, as a show of strength and unity to con­quer the stigma of PTSD.

The band­saw mill will be used to mill all the downed trees on the prop­erty from last win­ter into lum­ber, which in turn will be used to build a cabin that is needed to house vet­er­ans and first re­spon­ders seek­ing help. “That way the vet­er­ans and first re­spon­ders can ac­tu­ally pull to­gether and work to­gether as a team and cre­ate the lum­ber that we need to build the cabin,” said Jo­han.

Since open­ing three and a half years ago Rally Point Re­treat and the Grundy’s have been kept busy. “We’ve been full­time since Novem­ber,” said Jo­han, with guests from North­ern On­tario, Win­nipeg, Man­i­toba and from through­out Nova Sco­tia. One guest has come back this sum­mer to help out with projects around the house.

Rally Point Re­treat is a labour of love for the Grundys and is to­tally op­er­ated by vol­un­teer ef­fort and do­na­tions.

“We don’t have char­ity sta­tus as yet so we can’t ap­ply for any fed­eral fund­ing or gov­ern­ment fund­ing and a lot of big­ger cor­po­ra­tions, be­cause we can’t give re­ceipts yet, haven’t been too help­ful,” said Jo­han, “but other or­ga­ni­za­tions like the Fallen Heroes Soft­ball Tour­na­ment last sum­mer gave a do­na­tion, Mil­i­tary Minds made a ma­jor do­na­tion, the RCMP vet­eran as­so­ci­a­tion has do­nated, the Ma­hone Bay Le­gion, Ship’s Gal­ley, they are very sup­port­ive of Rally Point, as are Tim Hor­ton’s and Sobeys in Shel­burne. Any­time we have an event I just let them know and they help.”

Rally Point Re­treat is a non­profit so­ci­ety with a board of di­rec­tors com­prised of re­tired mem­bers of the Cana­dian Forces, RCMP, paramedics, first re­spon­ders, the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment, and pri­vate sec­tors. “This is a “safe” zone for peo­ple with PTSD, to visit and in­ter­act with oth­ers deal­ing with the same sort of is­sues, re­ac­tions and feel­ings. It is peer sup­port and help with the so­cial is­sues en­coun­tered on a daily ba­sis,” states the web­site. While Rally Point does not have an on-site clin­i­cian at this stage of de­vel­op­ment to pro­vide ther­apy, but they can as­sist in con­nect­ing per­sons to pro­fes­sion­als.

Rally Point Re­treat not only helps vet­er­ans of the Cana­dian Armed Forces and the RCMP, the haven also opens its doors to fire­fight­ers, po­lice, peace and cor­rec­tions of­fi­cers, paramedics, first re­spon­ders, 911 op­er­a­tors and jour­nal­ists for no charge.

“They have al­ready paid the ul­ti­mate price,” said Jo­han. “We’re not go­ing to ask them for money.”

At present, Rally Point Re­treat can ac­com­mo­date up to seven or eight guests at a time. “I wish we were get­ting a lot more peo­ple,” said Bob. “I wish we were see­ing far less sui­cides. Sui­cides are still hap­pen­ing. Peo­ple still don’t un­der­stand the full ef­fects of what PTSD does to the body. The story that its only a men­tal dis­or­der is wrong. It has as many phys­i­o­log­i­cal el­e­ments to it as it does psy­cho­log­i­cal el­e­ments to it.”

Bob said he would like to get first re­spon­ders and vet­er­ans as­so­ci­a­tions to show up on-mass and “do an over­head shot of this place to show the gov­ern­ment the peer-to-peer sup­port that these types of re­treats have. Even though they (gov­ern­ment) say they are go­ing to sup­port you, I don’t know what that looks like. If you’re go­ing to talk the talk, you should walk the walk. We’re try­ing our best to walk the walk. We’re all in on this. We have given ev­ery­thing that we can give.”

Rally Point Re­treat will be hold­ing an open house on Sept. 29 to co­in­cide with Sable River Vol­un­teer Fire­fight­ers Day. All are wel­come to drop by. Rally Point Re­treat is lo­cated at 1478, High­way 3, Sable River.


Mem­bers of Mil­i­tary Minds Inc. visit with Rally Point Re­treat founders Bob and Jo­han Grundy after mak­ing a do­na­tion of a band­saw mill to the Sable River non-profit haven for vet­er­ans and first re­spon­ders suf­fer­ing with Post Trau­matic Stress Dis­or­der (PTSD). The band­saw mill will be used to mill downed trees on the prop­erty into lum­ber to build a cabin.

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