Boulder Crest Retreat had its grand opening on September 6. The 37-acre retreat in Bluemont will provide private accommodations and recreational and healing activities and resources to 250-500 military families each year.
The project was initiated over the kitchen table between Ken Falke and his wife, Julia, in 2007. The Falkes have a guest house on their property that they used to invite a few wounded military personnel and their families to come and stay and relax. The guest house proved to be incompatible with the needs of their guests, which prompted their idea to take 37.5 acres of their farm and build the retreat. The retreat will be for any and all wounded warriors and their families. The hope is that families will come for short couple of days to a week and enjoy the realization of the seclusion and a break from daily stress and routines.
The retreat was built from scratch with volunteers performing the sweat and labor. Donations include everything from major appliances and building materials to quilts and handmade furniture.
For more information on this project, go to ?http://bouldercrestretreat.org/.