22 combat veterans are committing suicide in this country every day! 22! Why? Because the Post Traumatic Stress they live with after their service isn’t being addressed. And if it is, too often the slightest trigger can still evoke the negative response that causes end of life actions. No warning, no apparent reason. So tragic!
When asked, many vets and the professionals that work with them say that even when they get help it ends, but the underlying issues remain. Many talk about the need for ongoing community – a place to belong that will last well beyond formal intervention.
Chris James, Navy Veteran and Master of Social Work for the Boston VA says "Every single one of them say that 'this is the best time that I have spent in my entire VA experience'." NOTE: The farmhouse in the background is currently under construction to become the Farmhouse Retreat.
Ironstone Farm provides such community. Often called an “oasis” in a crazy world, Ironstone’s doors are opened to a new way of life for veterans and others suffering with debilitating conditions – one that provides peace, well-being - and mission. The opportunity is there for all vets who participate in the programs to stay involved and become part of this special community - as contributors! WE NEED THEM! For the past six years Ironstone has offered vets opportunities to become fully immersed into a place that uses a farm and its horses to provide healing for children with disabilities, adults with memory issues, teens with peer pressures, and more! Veterans suffering Post Traumatic Stress, anxiety and depression have found solace and meaning in their time here. But it isn’t enough …
We can do so much more! And we want to … but we need your help! Six years ago we started the program helping vets. We quickly saw the need, and almost as quickly saw the positive influence of our horses. Three years ago, we determined that we would go the route to use the farm to change their lives so that it will last, and so it will lower those statistics! We started raising money to renovate our Farmhouse to become a Retreat Center for Veterans. It took two years to raise $200,000 and one year to get permits. But with the permits came the harsh reality that this is a $600,000 project!
VOLUNTEERS AT WORK
Can you help? Partner with us to support the men and women who have sacrificed their lives so that we can live ours freely and safely. A donation of any amount will support this important project and help hundreds of men and women achieve the happiness they deserve. Visit us, talk to us, help us!!
Following is a list of our progress so far, and specific ways you can help …
Need: To Raise $400,000 to complete this project!
Progress: Total cost of project: $600,000. Cash and in-kind donations so far: $200,000
Spent to date: $150,000 – permits, septic plan, demo, framing, plumbing and electric work of basement and first floor, and dry walling of first floor. Please visit!
Donated: $30,000 value for - Architectural drawings, inside doors and discounted engineer, plumbing and electrical work. (Thank you!)
How can you help? Consider a donation in any amount! OR Choose a specific job:
Approximate project costs are …
Heat and air: $50,000
Wheelchair lift: $30,000
Remaining electrical: $15,000
Flooring throughout: $12,000
Remaining drywall: $11,000
Remaining plumbing: $11,000
Interior finish: $10,000
Deck and ramp: $6,000
Counter tops: $3,500
Remaining paint: $2,500
Septic and infrastructure updates: $234,000
Partner with us! Help make this project a place of joy for vets and their families. We assure you – anything you give is needed – and so very much appreciated!
- Michael Andreski
- brooke mueller
- Michael Andreski
- The Linn Foundation
- Carole Harris
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