Rally Point Retreat in Sable River, Shelburne County will be hosting their third annual open house for the public on Saturday, Sept. 29.
The 73-hectare ranch-style home was opened by Bob and Johan Grundy in 2016 as a sanctuary for military personnel and veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The retreat is also open to members of the RCMP and first responders, such as police, fire, paramedics, and peace/correctional workers. It extends its invitation to emergency room nurses and doctors, 911 operators, and journalists who have been involved in a critical incident.
Bob Grundy is a former member of the Canadian Armed Forces having served in the Air Defence Artillery. The lodge is equipped with two guest rooms, a fitness centre, a hot tub, a ping pong table, and a woodworking workshop, all surrounded by a series of trails in the pristine countryside of Nova Scotia South Shore. The non-profit is overseen by a board of directors comprised of retired members of the Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP, paramedic/first responders, the provincial government, and the private sector.
Their mission is to provide a quiet, safe, and relaxing, rural setting as a respite for essential services members in treatment for PTSD, Operational Stress Injury (OSI), and Critical Incident Stress and so they can regroup themselves and reconnect with their families.
The retreat also aims to provide a way for homeless Vets to get off the streets, and a vast reduction of suicides by providing solutions or situations to retrain themselves and give purpose back into their lives through team work-Furniture Making,
Permaculture/Agriculture/Aquaculture or relaxation. Rally Point also works to negate the self-destructive tendencies from those suffering by providing tools/activities to promote creative interaction. While they don’t have an on-site clinician, the retreat does assist in connecting clients with professionals.
The Rally Point Retreat Open House takes place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The retreat is located at 1478 Highway 3 in Sable River, Nova Scotia. For more information, check their website at www.rallypointretreat.org.