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For the past 16 months, Rally Point Retreat has had an immeasurably positive impact on the health and well-being of not only our Dad, but our entire family. Words will surely fall short to describe the incredible, healing work being done by Bob and Johan Grundy. Our father, a 20-year veteran of the RCMP, made his way to Rally Point after the passing of his service dog, Spencer. In Sable River he found a second home, a place to reconnect with nature and himself. Where the health care system is showing its cracks, places like Rally Point, created and maintained by Bob and Johan (heroes themselves), are essential community supports. If the federal or provincial government are looking for a model from which to build sustainable long-term recovery first responders with PTSD, they can stop looking. It's in Sable River at Rally Point. With love, respect, and gratitude. The Chisholm Family
It has been divine intervention that I have come to learn about Rally Point. I’m so very happy to be here, I’ve been waiting a long time for some kind of reprieve. It’s great to be in an environment where I can be understood without judgment. I’m confident that this may be the step I need to get me back on my journey with peace in my heart. Blessed to have this opportunity.
I'm so glad this place exists! Jo and Bob made me feel welcome and, together with the other guests, a sense of belonging I didn't really expect. It was so relaxing to feel understood and accepted with my PTSD brain. I loved hiking the woods with the dogs, and learning wood-turning. Thank you Bob and Jo!!
HI. My Stay at Rally Point was in a Word atm very Much needed and I'm so Thankful Jo & Bob had opened their home to Veterans in Need. I was living in CB and was trying to adjust to all that was happening in My life & Needed! To get Away . I also had quite unexpectedly met and was deeply in Love with a Man who unfortunately was suffering from PTS & had had quite different life then Me . They agreed for him to come to knowing his past ( long jail term & Native also no secret his sentence was longer then should have been. He at one point in life been one of few great hunters and fish for his band & due to childhood trauma etc led himself into a way of life he hadn't intended. They were very supportive for him to go which was a Wonderful feeling for Us both . Due to the band drug and Alcohol therapist lack of care would not sign a release so He was unable to go. Still My heart and his were warmed by the very thought These ppl would have taken him in also for healing. ( He has most recently passed) but I know even them saying Yes filled him with comfort. For that I am very Thankfil. I could only go down for a few days as at the time they were full capacity & had made room for My stay so as I could at least catch My breath and Rest. Much needed . I also got to make a pen with Bob and just that gave Me some of My confidence back which was at a all time low for a long time. I was able to walk in their woods under no threat with their dogs as My companions and felt I could relax & not be so on guard. Their hospitality was wonderful. Great meals comfy Home and My heart feels So much better!! just knowing they are there . As I as a Veteran and also Army Brat do no longer have a place called home nor Roots as most do in CB do so feeling of misplaced is Strong until I went there. I did need to go back later but understandable they were full as it's a much needed place. I am So Thankful they decided to open there home to ppl like Me. Forever Grateful. I had thought I written in guest book after My stay some time ago. My Apologizes as at the time was not really aware of alot on Social Media. I Will definitely be back as in a Word They have made it feel like Home. Thank You Bob & Jo . Blessings
Since my battle with PTSD began, I have been looking for a place to get away from the wider world. I have also been on a mission to seek out other suffers for peer support. I finally found it with Rally Point Retreat. Bob and Jo go above and beyond to help ease their visitors burden. So quiet and peaceful with its 320 archers and 6700 square feet of beauty on the inside. When I left, I left rested and ready to take on the world once more. I know hold on to a measure of permanent relief knowing I always have a safe place to go and have some amazing people to learn on. I will be back!
I had the opportunity to spend some time with Bob and Jo in 2018. And then again in 2019. I travelled solo from out of province and they were there for my journey every step of the way. Supportive. Funny. Knowledgable. Down to earth...Rally Point was my first HUGE step to regaining my health. They gave me resources, contacts, confidence and more importantly a friendship that will last a lifetime. The hiking, home cooked meals, camp fires and the ocean will help heal your soul. Rally Point feels like home. ? I can't wait to return.
It was a pleasure visiting johan and Bob Grundy on several occasions to see the progress and services they offer to veterans & first responders and being able to help support them through fund raising with the sale of the fishing tackle created.
I had the opportunity to visit Rally Point recently and it allowed me to just be myself and recover. I am so grateful for their generosity and friendship. I very much needed dog therapy so Sarah and Maggie made sure that I was well loved and cuddled. I got to cook with Jo and ramble on about what nutrients the body needs. Bob helped me turn a pen and I was thrilled to see the beauty I created! For anyone who needs to step away to rest or gain perspective, this is a safe place. Free of judgment and open to supporting your needs. Thank you so much!
Bob and Johan, thank you from my heart following my visit with you. Your kindness and comfort so generous was a warming respite. The time to re-energize has helped me refocus to my challenges and given me a welcomed new vitality. Warmest regards, love cath P.S. so loved the hugs and cuddles your beauti-FULL girls - Sarah and Maggie (always have so missed the four legged friends in my life).
Well I finally made to Rally Point yesterday on a volunteer mission with some new and old friends.It was a tough winter but experiencing the serenity that Bob and Jo have created was beyond my expectations. I took my dog not knowing how he would do with Sarah and Maggie but I'm happy to say Benjamin has 2 new girlfriends. Thanks for what you've created and we look forward to our next visit!
This entry is long overdue. I met Bob and Jo last summer, and after chatting with them several times, and trying to get down and not being able to due to my anxiety, etc., I was finally able to make it during the summer. I was completely lost at the time, and struggled to get off of my couch most days. I recall the first time I traveled down to Sable River, and the fact that I almost turned around several times on the way. I'm so glad that I didn't, however, as I found a little piece of heaven in my messed-up world. I was welcomed with open arms, and treated with love and kindness. Since that first visit, I have made many more, and think of Bob and Jo as family. I have made several friends along the way, learned a LOT about myself, and instead of sitting on my couch everyday waiting for the day to end, I have found a new purpose in life. Thank you both for what you do. Your selfless actions and the fact that you have opened your home to me, and others, have definitely made an immeasurable impact on my life. If you are on the fence as to whether this magical place can be of help to you, I am here to tell you that it can, and will! Make the trip and see for yourself. You won't regret it.
I found myself in a full blown panic attack. Bob and Jo took me for a couple of days and thought me some amazing skills. I look forward to spreading the word and being able to give back. Thank you. You have given me a new amazing tool. Love to you xo
My fiancee and I seen a pamphlet for Rally Point Retreat in my psychologist's office last month. We decided that it would be a great idea to try it. The initial contact via phone, immediately put us at ease, since we had no idea of what to expect. I dislike crowds, so it was nice to know that no one else was booked for the same weekend as us. Upon arrival, we felt the peacefulness of nature surrounding us, coupled with nice wild ponds. Maggie and Sarah (the extremely friendly and trained puppies) were the first to greet us. They are truly charming! Jo and Bob gave us a tour of their one level spacious home and showed us our large bedroom and even larger ensuite bathroom. The atmosphere was relaxing and we spent most of the weekend chatting outside with this amazing couple. We shared our experiences... Copious tears and laughs were exchanged. Our second most enjoyable moments were in the woodshop, where we learned how to turn our on pens...they would easily sell for $50 to $100 in the city! Of course, we have them on display at home, since they are a remembrance of our time at Rally Point Retreat. We plan on returning in the future...it is a must for positive relief of PTSD symptoms! Thank you again Jo and Bob for generously opening your hearts and home to us. See you soon hopefully!!! Max and Amanda
Hearing great things from Veterans about your retreat Good Job Hope to get the opportunity to pop in some day and have a chat
very relaxing few nights we stayed there... Didn't know what to expect going there. But within no time it was like we were visiting family. Bob and Johan are amazing people doing an amazing thing. cant wait to go back for a visit
We arrived at Rally Point with no expectations and nervous. Bob & Johan welcomed us into their place and made us feel like long lost family. I'm glad I went with no expectations because none could have done justice to the atmosphere and feeling of safety and acceptance. What a truly wonderful place.
Thank you for talking with me today, you are putting a much-needed service out there for those who have dedicated themselves to saving others. I am looking forward to see how Rally Point Retreat grows. Best of luck!
Thanks Bob & Johan for everything you are doing to help others.
Someone had to be first......Looking forward to meeting new friends along the way. Cheers, Jo