Tuesday, August 13, 2019

South Dakota retreat to help veterans, first responders

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) — “Where the hills heal the heroes.” That’s the motto for and
mission of Sacred Mountain Retreat Center, a nonprofit set to open outside of Deadwood in short order, meeting a tall mission.
“The goal of Sacred Mountain Retreat Center is to bring our military, first responders, and their families to South Dakota for a time of respite and healing,” Sacred Mountain Retreat Center Founder and President Jerrid Geving told the Black Hills Pioneer. “To create an opportunity to strengthen and renew each individual, and the family, as a whole. It’s a place to connect with others at an all-inclusive lodge in the beautiful Black Hills.” 

Geving, who is originally from Baker, Montana, recently purchased the retreat center after his family celebrated his grandmother’s 80th birthday at the facility and he fell in love with the place and its potential.
 “I said to my folks, ‘Why don’t we buy that retreat center in Deadwood and turn it into a healing center for veterans and first responders?’” Geving recalled. “I’ve always had a very strong passion for our military, for our first responders, and I always wanted to someday give back. I didn’t know how, but I knew I would, give back to the men and women who have served our country.”
Once he and his family made up their minds, the retreat center purchase moved swiftly; the Gevings began negotiations on the property in September 2018 and closed on the sale in February.
Sacred Mountain Retreat Center is a 10,000-square-foot lodge located off Highway 385 outside of Deadwood. It sits on 65 acres, bordered by Forest Service on all three sides. There are eight bedrooms in the main lodge, as well as a one-bedroom suite.

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