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.