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Hello friends and supporters,

We've had a busy last few weeks and we are so grateful to all of you for supporting Holbrook Farms Retreat's mission.  Here's what's been happening and how you can help:

Survivors Alumni Retreat
We had an amazing time welcoming back 11 of our Survivor Alumni for our second Alumni Retreat.   Our Survivors worked hard on service projects to ready the property for our two upcoming Survivors of Heroes Retreats this summer, and they also had time to experience a variety of educational wellness classes. Here are some comments on their time at this retreat:

"I learned to slow down and just breathe. That it's ok to cry and not hold it back."

"Thank you again for allowing me to come back and attend Holbrook Farms as an Alumni; it is such a peaceful place and definitely was a get away that I needed."

"Working together to get the Farm ready for future attendees was so rewarding. Having some time to reflect on the sharing and to bond with other Survivors is so healing.”
 
Community Open House and 5k Run/Walk for Survivors!
While the weather was not in our favor, that didn't stop our supporters from coming to our Open House!  We loved welcoming so many of you to tour the property, meet some of our Survivor Alumni, and try some local treats!  We want to give a huge shout out to Will Daggett, who organized a 5k Run/Walk for Survivors for his Eagle Scout project that was a huge success and raised $4,460 for our Survivors of Heroes Retreats!  We want to thank DL Online for their coverage of the event.  You can read more about it by clicking here. 
Doosan Bobcat North America Day of Community Service
Each year, Doosan Bobcat North America dedicates a day to community service for local non-profit organizations and graciously selected us to be one of their non-profits to serve.

For their Day of Community Service, they were willing to bring Bobcat equipment out to Holbrook Farms Retreat and help us with major projects that had been on our wishlist for years. They exceeded our expectations by completing all tasks, including:
  • Completely repaved the driveway with 8 truckloads of crushed concrete
  • Ground down stumps in the yard and filled them in with dirt
  • Cleaned up sticks through the whole yard and mowed the grass
  • Groomed almost a mile's worth of trails
It was an absolute pleasure to work with the Doosan Bobcat team. These associations with businesses are what make the military survivors feel connected to the local community. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Doosan Bobcat and appreciate their support of the Holbrook Farms Retreat mission! #doosancares

How You Can Help
Donate to fund a Survivor’s attendance at our retreats.
100% of your donations have been utilized for Survivors of Heroes Retreat expenses.

Shop our Amazon Wish List
It lists items you can purchase to support a Survivor's experience at the retreat.

Link your Amazon Smile account to Holbrook Farms Retreat:
 https://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-1431994
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

LOCAL SUPPORTERS:
Provide food for upcoming Survivor retreats:  Sign up!

Collect your Central Market WE CARE receipts!  By participating in the WE CARE program, HFR receives .5% of qualifying purchases.
Receipts may be mailed to Holbrook Farms, or you may contact Sarah Merwin at 701-306-2886 for pickup.

VRBO
Holbrook Farms Retreat is available to rent!  Please visit us here to secure the property for your own corporate event, family gathering, or vacation spot.

Raise Awareness
Please share with your friends and family about HFR - you can easily share posts from our Facebook and Instagram accounts to help spread the word. 
 
Do You Know…
  • Do you know someone in the media who might be interested in doing a story on HFR?  Please email holbrookfarmsmn@gmail.com if you have any contacts in radio, TV, or print media.
  • Do you know anyone with airline or private plane connections?  Airline expenses are the biggest part of our budget in getting Survivors to retreats, and we would love to speak with an airline or private plane company or pilot to speak about a partnership.
Corporate Matching
Does your company offer corporate matching for nonprofit donations?  Please consider adding HFR to your match program.


Holbrook Farms Retreat is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit so all donations are tax-deductible.  All individual donations go 100% towards supporting a Survivor at a retreat.  All income from VRBO goes towards property maintenance and improvements to enhance the retreat experience for our guests who attend Survivors of Heroes Retreats.  Please contact us if you’d like more info on our financials!

Thank you for your support!
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