Throughout 2015, Active Heroes has been continuously fundraising to progress the Active Heroes Retreat Center development. These fundraisers included a national campaign centered around a veteran named Justin Fitch who is fighting stage 4 cancer. Justin made it his final mission to raise funds to build the first cabin at the retreat. This mission is set to be fulfilled by November of 2015. Active Heroes has worked hard and cleared four acres with access to city water and with the ability to install sewage systems. The county is in the process of reviewing permits and upon approval, the sewage systems will be placed in the grounds and building will start. UAW – Ford has donated a labor force to build the first cabin which is 500 square feet and will support two bed rooms, a bathroom, a living room and a kitchen.
Development has already been underway and the retreat will soon see a completed pergola from Home Depot, the side entrance road system, a parking lot, the UPS pavilion and the fencing for the Kentucky Humane Society horse field. At the earliest, all these projects will be complete by summer of 2016 and Active Heroes will open up the horse foster program for military families to begin to assist. Fundraising efforts finally allowed Active Heroes to purchase a second cabin which will be built in spring of 2016 after a farm barn is removed from the property. Once again UAW – Ford has promised labor support.
Looking into 2016’s future, Active Heroes hopes to continue to fundraise to develop the main road entrance and welcome center to officially open for more military family programs.