It’s been in the works for over 3 years, now a dream that has come a reality; the Active Heroes’ Welcome Center is currently being built at their Retreat Center in Shepherdsville, Kentucky! Without the help of UAW-Ford, a community services team that aids the communities near local Ford plants, the Welcome Center could not be completed. Over 20 members of the UAW Community came to help from Kansas City, Cleveland, as well as the Chicago and northwest Indiana area.
UAW-Ford has previously helped with the construction and completion of 2 cabins for veteran and military families, and a walking bridge connecting the hiking trails. Active Heroes is also planning the creation of an Event Pavilion to host military family weddings, gatherings, military unit reunions and other large group functions at the Retreat.
“Active Heroes’ partnership with UAW-Ford’s has decreased project costs through the donation of labor to Active Heroes,” said Scott Bruzek, Active Heroes’ VP of Operations. “It would not be possible for most of the projects to be completed without the support of UAW-Ford Community Services.”
The Welcome Center will be the first point of contact for veterans and military families at the Retreat Center; they will be able to check in as well as learn more about the retreat. Active Heroes will also host various trainings on site including Carry the Fallen team leader training, Peer Mentor suicide prevention training and much more.
“This project has greatly impacted Active Heroes in many ways,” said Troy Yocum, president and founder of Active Heroes. “We are proud to work with organizations like UAW-Ford who have tremendously helped us develop the Retreat Center.”