The Active Heroes Retreat Center in Shepherdsville, KY is getting an upgrade thanks to the National Guard. Kentucky Guardsmen with the 206th Engineer Battalion have been working hard to improve the grounds of the retreat center, a space designed by military families to help military families heal.
The Active Heroes Retreat Center was acquired on November 11th, 2013. Since then, volunteers have been working to make this space something special for veterans and their families. The center aims to help military families heal in a number of ways. Healing through integration, through nature, through activities, and through family building challenges. These are just a few of the ways that this retreat center hopes to reach military families and help then find rest, solitude, and relaxation.
Active Heroes is a participant of the Department of Defense’s Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) program. This program aims to build partnerships between the military and U.S. communities, that are mutually beneficial.
The unit’s annual training has had them busy at the retreat center cleaning debris, creating roadways, and building bridges, among other projects. There is so much going on at the retreat center to make improvements that Troy Yocum, founder and president of Active Heroes, can hardly recognize it. “I don’t even recognize the retreat from day to day because they are doing so much work.” The unit will have spent a total of 4 weeks at the retreat center, after several different rotations of Soldiers have cycled through. “Getting approved for the IRT program took over 3 years, but has proven to be worth all the effort,” said Yocum.
As the “Phase One Development” continues through 2018, plans are already being made for the next developments at the retreat. Such developments include: main entrance roads, a welcome center, a wedding/event pavilion, a larger cabin, and more bridges.
The retreat center is open to military families free of charge. Visitors can schedule a cabin vacation, join in on select camping dates, or visit the grounds for a day, during normal staffing hours. If you are interested in visiting the center, or would like to receive information on how to volunteer, please visit https://activeheroes.org/military-family-retreat/.