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  • Memorial Motorcycle Ride 9/21 - everyone welcome! 3rd Annual John Washington Memorial Ride

    Do you love to ride, spend time with old friends, make new ones, have a great time and support an amazing mission for our Veterans in the process? Then we have just the event for you! OPEN FOR ANYONE TO JOIN, it's going to be a great day! ⭐️🇺🇸 Link to their event is in the comments below. September 21st is the 3rd Annual John Washington Memorial Ride out of Windham, Maine from Forever Two Wheels. A group of friends and family members of John Washington, lost his life in a motorcycle accident, who was a Veteran himself, organize a ride every year in honor and remembrance of John, raising money for our Veterans in the process. House In The Woods is grateful and so proud to announce that their generous volunteer family has selected the House in the Woods mission to support this year through their ride. Thank you to Stevie, Tiffany, Mark and your whole support family for honoring John and his service in this way. Thanks to your support of our mission you will not only be changing the lives of Veterans attending healing outdoor retreats, but Saving lives in the process. For more information contact Stevie Washington (207)251-3003 TOGETHER WE HEAL


    Join House in the Woods Military & Family retreat for an incredible day out on the front lawn of the lodge, and under our new pavillion, your favorite place to be on a beautiful summer day. GREAT FUN, GREAT FOOD AND GREAT CONNECTION. 7 different groups of musicians will play for our veterans and community, to show their gratitude and appreciation for our military heroes and their families. DO NOT MISS IT!! We spend the day listening to music, playing games, enjoying good food, and making great new memories. There's no cost for admission. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, as well as the Darlings Ice Cream Truck!!! Silent Auction and 50/50 raffle will be set up as well - all funds raised during the event will fund the House in the Woods Veteran Retreats offered to our military heroes FREE to them for healing and camaraderie. Call Angie with any questions at 920-517-6749 or email at


    Prepare for a fun and delicious day at House in the Woods - Lee, Maine COME AS A TASTER OR A CONTESTANT!! ALL PUBLIC WELCOME :) *New for 2023 - separate voting for Chili vs. Chowder The cook-off will BEGIN 12 PM., VOTING WILL END AT 4 P.M. We need as many tasters/VOTERS as we can get. we'd love to see you. Bottomless bowl for any donation. WHERE: HOUSE IN THE WOODS 217 SKUNK HILL ROAD LEE, MAINE 04455 HOW TO ENTER: Email us at to enter your chili or chowdah! *All funds raised during the cookoff will benefit Lee, Maine cemeteries - Wreaths Across America

  • SNOWSHOE HIKE at House in the Woods Military & Family Retreat

    PUBLIC WELCOME! Sunday, December 10th 2023 Grab your snowshoes and Join us at House in the Woods - Lee, Maine for a FREE Snowshoe hike on the trails at the lodge, while they're covered in white. *We do have 6 pairs of snowshoes available for use that day first come first serve. *NOTE: Mardens and Whitney's Outfitters in Lincoln have snowshoes for sale! MARK YOUR CALENDARS, invite your friends and family, and gather together with us as we enjoy the fresh air, beautiful scenery, and time together. Stop into the lodge to warm up after the hike, for free coffee, hot cocoa and baked goodies!

  • Free Christmas Celebration at House in the Woods

    Friends of all ages... join us at House in the Woods for a FREE old-fashioned Christmas Celebration! Everyone is welcome. MARK YOUR CALENDARS, invite your friends and family, and gather together with us as we celebrate the Christmas Season TOGETHER! NEW FOR THIS YEAR: - Christmas face painting for kids! - New kids FREE Christmas ornament creation station - Write a letter to Santa / letter back from the North Pole! HERE'S THE LINK:

  • Take a walk down memory lane with our "In Memory Of" Video from House in the Woods

    Embark on a journey of remembrance with us, and our 2023 "In Memory Of" video, which is a heartfelt tribute to those who have left an imprint on our lives. This compilation invites you to honor and celebrate the lives of individuals who are fondly remembered by the House in the Woods family and will forever hold a special place in our hearts. As you watch you will likely shed a tear, like we have in putting this together but please try not to cry tears of sadness, but rather, tears of joy that those smile, those faces, and those very special lives were a blessing on ours. Cry only tears of joy, for all the memories made. This video is meant to be a celebration of the joy, laughter, and cherished moments that define the legacy of our departed loved ones. We extend heartfelt gratitude to all the generous individuals who, in memory of their loved ones, have made contributions to the House in the Woods program. Your kindness ensures that military heroes and their families will continue to experience life-changing opportunities here at House infor FREE, a testament to the enduring impact of your generosity. As we weave together these memories, your loved one's smiles and their zest for life will be forever etched in the fabric of our community. The House in the Woods family stands united in gratitude, honoring these beloved individuals, and finding solace in the knowledge that their spirit lives on through the positive changes we can create together. Thank you for being part of this meaningful journey, preserving legacies, and allowing the House in the Woods to continue making a profound difference in the lives of those we serve.

  • "May this eagle soar, echoing the spirit of those who have sacrificed for our freedom."

    In a world where kindness and compassion shine bright, House in the Woods is thrilled to share a heartwarming story of generosity that has touched our hearts. 🌟 A heartfelt salute to James McCain and Eagles for Veterans organization for their incredible act of kindness! 🦅 Their dedication to supporting our nation's heroes is truly awe-inspiring and we're blessed beyond measure to be able to share it with our community and with our many heroes that spend time here 🇺🇸 You will see in the photo on the lower left the piece of wood selected for this special project, where it all began. Then to the right you continue through the process, finally with Paul and James standing below the eagle, it proudly hangs in the House in the Woods great room where so many military heroes and their families gather to share in camaraderie and healing. Special thanks to the wonderful Roberta White, whose nomination brought the blessing of Eagles for Veterans to the doorstep of House in the Woods. 🏡💙 Your selflessness and commitment to making a difference are an inspiration to us all. As a lasting symbol of this incredible gesture, a plaque now hangs proudly beneath this majestic eagle which was made by James himself as seen in the photo, symbolizing the strength, freedom, and unity that define our great nation. 🦅🗽✨ "May this eagle soar, echoing the spirit of those who have sacrificed for our freedom." Let's celebrate the power of community and extraordinary individuals like James McCain, Eagles for Veterans, and Roberta White, who remind us that the American spirit is alive and well. 🇺🇸 ❤️ Together We Heal #UnitedWeStand #CommunityLove #HouseInTheWoods #PatrioticHeart #GratefulNation

  • Join us in Lee, Maine for FREE Thanksgiving Dinner!

    Have you called to make your reservations!? 3 settings: noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m. For reservations call Dee House at 207-943-3175 or via email LINK TO THE FB EVENT PAGE:


    Good evening everyone! We appreciate all of our incredible volunteers and are looking forward to seeing some of you at the upcoming Veteran Bear Retreat. House in the Woods is looking to add a new team member, a Part-time Housekeeper for the lodge in Lee, Maine. Our current part-time housekeeper is getting married and plans to complete her time with House in the Woods by the end of October. HOUSEKEEPER WANTED House in the Woods (HITW), a nonprofit, located in Lee, ME is seeking a part-time Housekeeper to join our team. DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: Clean and turn over guest rooms upon guest departure, including removal, washing, folding and replacement of all guest linens, restocking toiletries, removal of trash/debris, sanitizing surfaces, and vacuuming/mopping floors. Be available for clean up after private or community events. Inventory and restock housekeeping carts and replenish supplies in common areas. Clean and tidy common areas including lobby, restrooms, entry ways, corridors, stairways, kitchen, Great Room, storage rooms, and janitorial rooms. Support special cleaning projects when requested by the HITW Management. Immediately report missing/found articles, damaged, or other maintenance concerns noticed while on-site. Greet guests with a warm and friendly greeting. Work with volunteers in a friendly and professional manner. Complete any job-related tasks assigned by HITW Management as necessary. REQUIREMENTS: Must care about people and be passionate about veterans. Must be able to move, lift, carry, push, pull and place objects weighing less than or equal to 25 pounds without assistance. Some flexibility in schedule required as determined by certain retreats throughout the year. Previous housekeeping experience.. Able to pass a background check. High school diploma or equivalent. Preference to veterans or their immediate family. TO APPLY: Application available online at Print application available on request. Email 20 hours per week at $15.00 per hour. No phone calls please. Applications will close when a suitable candidate is selected. IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR THIS POSITION PLEASE COMPLETE THE APPLICATION, AND RETURN TO THE ADDRESS PROVIDED. Have an incredible day and we look forward to hearing from you. Angie

  • PATRIOTIC ART CONTEST submissions due by Sept. 22nd

    If you're looking for a historical landmark destination with a unique blend of beauty and outdoor recreation then Lee, Maine might be the destination for you! House in the Woods Military & Family Retreat in Lee, Maine has announced their plans, in collaboration with the Woody Williams Foundation, to erect the first Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in the state of Maine adding yet another MUST SEE location for visitors to the state of Maine! Gold Star Families Memorial Monuments are a two-sided tribute made of black granite. One side bears the words: Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, a tribute to Gold Star Families and Relatives who sacrificed a Loved One for our Freedom. The other side tells a story through the four granite panels: Homeland, Family, Patriot, and Sacrifice. At the center of this tribute, is a silhouette of a saluting service member which represents the Legacy of the Loved Ones who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our Freedom. Together, these features tell each community's unique story based on the Pillars of the Foundation. The Monuments provide a place of permanence for Gold Star Families and their communities, to gather, honor, and remember their fallen Loved Ones, to whom we owe so much. House in the Woods announced this week a PATRIOTIC ART CONTEST that will run through September 22, 2023. This contest is open to all ages and to anyone across the globe. Entries must be original and may be photos, drawings, or paintings with a theme of SACRIFICES MADE BY OUR GOLD STAR FAMILIES. The 3rd pillar of the Gold Star Family Memorial is titled “SACRIFICE”, and the team at House in the Woods could use your help in determining what should be shown on that pillar. We all have a passion for our country, our freedom, and our heroes. Don’t be shy, we all have a message to share. You never know, your work might be selected to stand tall on the 1st Gold Star Families Memorial in Maine, for years to come. Art Contest Rules and entry form can be found at: Additionally, The Library of Congress is interested in potentially adding veteran submissions to its Veterans History Project, where they collect, preserve, and make accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served in World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. House in the Woods is a 501©3 non-profit hosting veterans, active-duty and gold star families on outdoor retreats for healing and camaraderie. It’s is the perfect location for such a memorial and will open its arms to all who would like to visit Maine. If you’re interested in making a momentary donation towards the building of the WWF Gold Star Families Memorial, donations can be directed to House in the Woods with a memo indicating the Gold Star Families Memorial. The cost of the project is estimated to cost $50,000.00 and will welcome patriots to come to Lee, Maine for healing and camaraderie, from across the globe for years to come. Groundbreaking is planned for the Spring of 2024 and ribbon cutting in the Fall of 2024. Lee, Maine is a beautiful place to visit, with the Penobscot River flowing through town providing plenty of opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. The river is also home to a variety of wildlife, including bald eagles, ospreys, bears, and moose, making it a popular spot for nature enthusiasts and photographers. For those who prefer to stay on land, Lee has beautiful parks and trails to explore. The Lee Academy Trail is a popular hiking spot, with a 1.7-mile loop that takes you through a wooded area and offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Lee also has several picnic areas and playgrounds, making it a great spot for families. History buffs will appreciate Lee's rich heritage, which dates back to the early days of settlement in Maine. The town was founded in 1832 and named after General Charles Lee, a Revolutionary War hero. In addition to its natural beauty and historic landmarks, Lee should be known for its friendly and welcoming community. The town hosts several annual events, celebrations, and parades which feature live music, food vendors, and a parade with local vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, and handmade crafts. If you're planning a visit to Lee, there are several lodging options to choose from including several cozy bed and breakfasts as well as campgrounds for those who prefer to sleep out under the stars. And let's not forget a must-stop in Lee is the Harris Family Takeout, surely a must-see and more importantly a must-taste with their delicious lobster rolls and are several restaurants in the area, serving up traditional Maine cuisine such as lobster rolls, hamburgers, and ice cream! Please spread the word if you would and if you're feeling artsy.... submit for yourself! TOGETHER WE HEAL Angie Gade – Development Coordinator House in the Woods Military & Family Retreat 207-738-8387

  • 22 Veteran Suicides a day... for just $22 a month YOU CAN SAVE LIVES!

    In honor of National Military Appreciation Month what better time is there to consider supporting the mission of GIVING BACK TO OUR MILITARY HEROES. By donating $22 a month you WILL SAVE VETERAN LIVES. If you can, please consider joining the community of generous veteran supporters, keeping these healing outdoor retreats FREE for our veterans. No donation is to small, for the GREAT sacrifices that our veterans have made for our freedoms. Here at House in the Woods, we provide outdoor retreats to veterans at NO COST, so that they can connect with their fellow veterans and feel the healing and camaraderie that they need and deserve so much. Click the link below to make your donation today: Thank you for helping make this possible. **PLEASE SHARE IF YOU WOULD BE SO KIND** TOGETHER WE HEAL

  • Turkey Season is coming!

    House in the Woods Military & Family Retreat is requesting support from our local land owners. We're IN SEARCH OF additional turkey hunting properties in the Lee, Lincoln, Springfield Maine area for our veterans. Outdoor retreats are offered at no cost for veterans, provide a great opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and reconnect with nature and other veterans like themselves, in a way unlike any other, for healing and camaraderie. These retreats are made possible thanks in a large part to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Those we lovingly know as the House in the Woods “family” because everyone involved knows the sacrifices these men and women make, and we make it our life mission to show our appreciation and Give Back. House in the Woods is always looking to make new connections with landowners in the Lee, Lincoln, and Springfield areas. Perhaps you have a few acres great for hunting, or a riverfront or lakefront for fishing. If so, we would love to chat with you to see if you’re interested in getting involved with our program. Taking care of our veterans is our number 1 focus. Along with that, we are focused on maximizing the reach of each donor dollar. Our donors entrust us to make the most of these donations and we work hard to find new ways of offering more at a lower expense just like everyone in this day and age. By finding land to hunt closer to the lodge we can utilize the beautiful facility we have there that sleeps 28 with a spacious great room and commercial kitchen. By hunting locally we can utilize the resources we have and keep the expenses to a minimum, making our donated dollars reach farther and reach more veterans. Healing happens when land owners shake the hand of a veteran who will hunt their land, for they see the look in that veteran's eyes and appreciation for the opportunity. These Landowners know they are giving back by sharing the resources available to them. If you are a landowner in the area and would like to know how you might get involved, connect with new friends, give back to our veterans, and change lives, please reach out to us to talk further. We'd love to have you join in on the mission of Giving Back. Who knows, maybe you'll find your healing there too. TOGETHER WE HEAL

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