Newsletter • Winter 2019

A Special New Addition to the Property

 Marcia DuPont, Survivor of husband 1st Sergeant John DuPont (Army medic), attended season 3 of Holbrook Farms Retreat.  Marcia had heard of an organization, Flags for Fallen Military, that donates flags to families of the fallen and had signed up for one - but her home is in a historic district and she was not able to install one there. When she heard it was always a vision to have a flagpole at Holbrook, she knew it was meant to be to have it installed at Holbrook instead.

The flagpole is now one of the first things Survivors see when they approach the property. John’s leadership and drive to help heal others is still standing strong.

"From the first time I was there, I felt John... I felt very connected to him.  When the flagpole was installed, I got to help dig the hole and raise the first flag, and I got to cry over it. We had a little ceremony where the man helping install it said John was the orb, looking out over everything and smiling down. I can feel that.  I also know John would have never wanted this attention, and I take pleasure in it...I’m still teasing him."
- Marcia DuPont

2018 Highlights

2018 was an exciting year for Holbrook Farms Retreat with many new things happening!
  1. Partnered with Camp Cormorant for the first time to allow kids to attend camp while their moms attended the Retreat; 4 kids attended.  Childcare has been the hardest challenge for our Survivors to attend a retreat, and we were thrilled to be able to provide a solution this year.
  2. Held our Season 5 retreats - and for the first time, we were able to have 2 retreats, serving 20 new Survivors compared to 10 in 2017.
  3. Visited Lake Itasca/Headwaters of the Mississippi River for the first time. 
  4. Dedicated flag in front of house in honor of Marcia DuPont’s late husband. Thank you to Flags for Fallen Military for making this happen!
We're currently expanding our team, and we're always looking for talented people who are passionate about our mission to add to the Board of Directors and Committees. Email if you are interested.

Partnership Spotlight

They don’t make bags, it is their mission.  Created and owned by two military spouses, Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruse, that were struggling with finding meaningful employment for highly educated and driven women. They realized they had to create a career for themselves due to the transient military life.  With some early success with their small team, in 2016 they received 3 offers on Shark Tank and partnered with Mark Cuban.  What started as a dream to improve their own employment situation, grew into a inspiring and giving company that believes,  “R.Riveter doesn’t hire military spouses to make handbags.  We make handbags to hire military spouses and create a greater sense of mission.”  Their mission to empower and serve military spouses around the globe was a great partnership with our mission at Holbrook Farms Retreat.  For 3 years, R.Riveter has very generously partnered with us so we could provide their beautiful handbags to our Survivors of Heroes.  They have even named a handbag, “The Holbrook”, in our honor, we are so very grateful for R.Riveter and their support of Holbrook Farms Retreat. 

What's Ahead for 2019

We are hosting THREE retreats this year.  The first will be our second ever Alumni Retreat on May 15-19th. It will include a 5K Fun Run with help from the Boy Scouts and an Open House on May 18th.

In June and July, we will host our two Survivor of Heroes retreats.  

This year will be our second opportunity to partner with Camp Cormorant for Gold Star kids to attend camp while their moms are at HFR.

Fundraising Goal

We kicked off our fundraising campaign for our 2019 retreats on October 21st and we are almost there!  

We had significantly more registrations for our 2019 retreats: for every guest who gets to attend, there are 5 more who are still on the list.  

If you would like to contribute, 100% of donations go to our retreats. 

Here is an idea of how donations are allocated and how every dollar helps:

$25  Art therapy for half a retreat
$70 Groceries for one Survivor
$150 Paddleboarding class for one retreat
$300 Massages for half a retreat 
$500 Airline tickets for one Survivor
$1000 A full retreat for one Survivor 


Notes From Our Founders

“Every new year brings an opportunity to reflect on our accomplishments, recommit to our priorities, and establish new goals. It’s an incredible honor each year to think about all the people who serve Holbrook Farms and bring our wellness retreats to life. We’re extremely grateful for all the time, talent, and resources donated that allow us to offer retreats at no expense to the guests, and we’re on track to have our best year yet! Your entire HFR team is committed to serving the Survivor community and your assistance and encouragement make that mission a reality. Thank you for 5 incredible seasons, and we can’t wait until Season 6!” - Matt & Micaela 
"You have created something that is truly special. It is difficult to put into words. You have paid attention to all those little details and have reminded me of what I had with my husband. It has been truly amazing for me to feel that level of love and attention I once had and hope to have again.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you! I feel renewed and ready to give all that I have. Thank you for providing a peaceful place to slow down and take care of just me. "
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