There are so many great things coming out of our renovation project — some of which we could have never expected. One of those things is our partnership with Homeward Bound Adirondacks, an organization that provides our Veterans with opportunities to realize their full potential through innovative programming including Family and Community support. Below is the letter we sent to the editor of several local papers expressing our gratitude.
To the Editor:
With all the activity surrounding the renovation of the Northwoods Inn, I would be remiss if I did not extend a personal thank you to Homeward Bound Adirondacks (HBA), a local veteran’s organization serving to assist the veterans returning to the communities, our communities, within the Blue Line.
HBA assisted our efforts by using its reach to assemble volunteers to move the Northwoods Inn’s used furniture to worthy recipients throughout the North Country, using capable organizations like Family Champions in Tupper Lake, The Salvation Army, and We Soldier On. It is our belief that as a result of this effort, dressers, desks, table, chairs, televisions, refrigerators, microwave ovens, and stoves can find second lives in the homes of people who need them most.
Even as HBA is assisting with our effort, this past weekend, HBA organized yet another retreat at Lake Clear Lodge welcoming our Veterans home. Ten families and two couples experienced three days of winter outdoor activities including snow shoeing, cross country skiing and lantern lit sleigh rides pulled by the Paul Smiths Draft horses at the Lodge. There was also downhill skiing, snowboarding and beginner ski lessons at Big Tupper. In addition to the outdoor winter events there were indoor wellness activities provided by Dan Sullivan, healing demonstrations by Lynn Cameron, Morning Yoga, childcare and a healthy cooking class given by the Lodge’s Executive chef Kathy Hohmyer. A Welcome Home, if ever there was one; Adirondacks’ style.
It is with a deep sense of appreciation that I thank the HBA Partners, Snowslip Farm, Joe Hackett, Valerie Ainsworth, the myriad organizations that helped with this weekend’s retreat, it’s Community Advisory Committee, and the local members of the HBA board and staff, Steve Erman, Kat Chase, David Aldridge, Mark Moeller, Greg Moore, Bob Ross, and Chessie Monk, for their support, their capable leadership of HBA, and, for their personal contributions to our efforts.
Gary D. Smith
The Northwoods Inn, Lake Placid
Homeward Bound Adirondacks provides integrated resiliency – based programs and training in a restorative environment for service members, veterans, and their families and health care professionals. Providing this level of support is neither free nor easy. Please take a moment to lend your support for our nation’s heroes by donating here or purchasing their Veteran’s Blend coffee.