We are an approved 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit charity so your donations may be tax deductible.

The concept for Responders Retreat came from the wife of a firefighter with PTSD.  She knows all too well how it impacted her husband at work and at home, and the effects it had on their family.  After moving to the Northwoods of Wisconsin she noticed positive changes in his mood, outlook, and social interactions, that continue to date. Hoping other could benefit similarly Responders Retreat was born.

To host Responders Retreat, we wish to buy a   resort on a lake in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin. This property is a large park like setting with 25 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms split between 7 cabins.  Within those buildings there are 54 beds for guests to sleep in.

Our guests will stay for a week in the cabins with other first responders and our mentors.  Mentors will be trained volunteers and will be available 24/7.  During the week, Responders Retreat would be able to hold up to 9 mentors and 45guests.

In this peaceful, serene environment, guests will
be able to escape the pressures of everyday life
and have time to relax and reflect. Guests can see
nearby wildlife such as eagles, osprey, and deer.  
Guests will have the ability to fish, boat, kayak, swim, walk in the woods or sit by a campfire.

With a licensed counselor, the first responders will have time to talk within a group setting to share what they are experiencing and realize that they are not alone.  They will also be given the opportunity to meet privately with the counselor. During this week, it is our hope that the first responders can start to rebuild their self-esteem, make a plan going forward and go back home feeling recharged and ready to start to heal and enjoy a better quality of life, something they all deserve.

Your donation will help us achieve our goal to purchase the property, offer scholarships for those who cannot afford to pay, and cover initial operational costs.  We are a non-profit, non -stock corporation so we do not receive any compensation.  Within our country a lot of our first responders are volunteers; we plan to keep costs as low as possible for the participants so that no one is left behind.

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Our mission

Every minute of every day, across our country, firefighters, law enforcement, emergency medical personnel, and dispatchers respond to our cries for help. From the very young to the very old, dog bites, broken bones, fires, shootings, stabbings, explosions, accidents and more, at any time and in any weather, they are there doing their very best to assist us. While some calls are minor, some can be quite horrific, they see things most of us could never fathom. For many of us, just one of those calls would be more than enough for a lifetime, but imagine for a moment, multiple calls over years of service; the things they must have seen, heard, smelled, and tasted. Whether it was one call or multiple calls, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that these responders may develop post-traumatic stress disorder. At first, they may think that the call just frightened them and what they are experiencing will go away on its own. But as time goes by and the symptoms don’t go away or they escalate the responder begins to doubt themselves. Sadly, post-traumatic stress disorder is not always understood or accepted in the workplace, so many will not seek the help they need to get through this. They fear that they will be seen as weak, that they will lose their job or a promotion. Reactions from bosses, co-workers, and friends may be less than kind, so they start to doubt their self-worth and lose faith in themselves. Every bit of what they are going through can trickle down and affect their families, friends and co-workers. We need to do better for those who have already given so much for us by putting their lives on the line every day. Responders Retreat offers a peaceful, serene setting where responders can come together to clear their minds, relax, talk with counselors and mentors and start to make a plan to go forward and move toward a better quality of life.