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  • 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

  • Thank you Lowe's for your love of our military heroes!

    It's less than 100 days until House in the Woods and their team plan to break ground on what will be the House in the Woods pavilion on the lodge grounds there in Lee, Maine. Thanks to friends and supporters of our mission, we will break ground on the Pavilion THIS SPRING! Lowe's of Brewer and Lowe's of Bangor are teaming up and donating a long list of misc supplies including 40 galvanized shoes which is an INCREDIBLE support and donation for our veterans and their families. The Pavilion being built at House in the Woods is going to open up even more opportunities for providing healing outdoor retreats for our veterans, and the community that supports them. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at our July 15th MUSIC ON THE GREEN celebration at House in the Woods. Join us for great music, good times and above all else, spending time together with each other. Event details to follow. Huge thank you to Bill Dereszewski, Glen Kehr, Traci & Chris Martin of CW Martin Concrete, Inc , S.W. Collins Company , Lowe's. Bangor Maine , Lowe's Home Improvement , Whitmore Contracting, Inc Nicastro's Landscaping, Inc Swim With A Mission Hammond Lumber Company Millinocket Elks Lodge 1521 Dot Kehr Paul House Deanna House @Maddyhartfordstewart @Angie.Gade and all of the individuals that donated to Facebook Fundraisers. @trident_armory_shooting_team

  • 18 veterans embark on a Dinosaur Hunt in Wisconsin

    Something very special is happening next week for a group of 18 veterans. Veterans from various parts of the country, from all walks of life, and from a wide range of eras, branches, and occupations will gather on Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin. A group of men and women that until next week have never met, and many who don’t know what to expect. You’ll often hear the House in the Woods team speak of bear, deer, rabbit, or moose hunts, but have you heard of a dinosaur retreat? Far from New England, where right now it’s almost too cold to snow, you’ll find a group of volunteers working tirelessly in preparation for the arrival of our special military heroes. These volunteers have been preparing for this retreat all year and the moment of truth is almost here. Volunteers, businesses, and organizations from around the Lake Winnebago area, are preparing their shanties, equipment, and their hearts to host these 18 veterans for the 2023 2nd Annual House in the Woods Veteran Sturgeon Spearing Retreat on Lake Winnebago. What started as a custom rooted in Native American history long before Europeans arrived on this continent, sturgeon spearing through the icy depths was a tried-and-true method to secure food during the long winters. Early settlers watched on as the Native Americans from tribes such as the Menominee and Ojibwe, not only taught them survival skills but skills that would develop into a cultural tradition passed down from generation to generation. The photo you see here is just a small group of men and women from Wisconsin who have welcomed the House in the Woods organization and our veterans. Thank you, Wisconsin, for welcoming our veterans with open arms, for wrapping them in the love and appreciation that they deserve, and for sharing your time and talents with all of them. The mission of House in the Woods is Giving Back to our military heroes, and their families. Wisconsin has embodied that as they continue to pour out their hearts in thanks to these men and women. What a blessing it is to share this tradition with our veterans, perhaps introducing a tradition that they may carry on with their friends and families after the retreat is over. We gather our veterans together here on this special retreat to share with them not just spearing but allow them an opportunity to connect with other veterans, for a moment of peace, and to show each one of them that we value their lives, we appreciate their service and sacrifice to our country and respect them for their courage. If it were not for the men and women who serve our country, we would not have the freedoms we have today. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. TOGETHER WE HEAL

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    2023 Calendar of Events January 2023 14 VETERAN RABBIT HUNT RETREAT LEE, M 16 HITW TEAM NETWORK AT SHOT SHOW LAS VEGAS, NV 18 MONTHLY HITW COFFEE WITH VETS 7-11 A.M. LEE, MAINE 28 RAFFLE DRAWING WHITNEYS OUTFITTERS HENRY GOLDEN RIFLE 12 P.M. LINCOLN, MAINE February 2023 9 VETERAN STURGEON SPEARING RETREAT - WISCONSIN 15 MONTHLY HITW COFFEE WITH VETS 7-11 A.M. LEE, MAINE 18 IFW TURKEY COURSE AT HITW LEE, MAINE 25 VOLUNTEER COFFEE APPRECIATION 8 A.M. - NOON LEE, MAINE 25 BOOTH AT TOGUS VA VETERAN EVENT 10 A.M. - 2 P.M. BANGOR, MAINE March 2023 4 VETERAN ICE FISHING RETREAT LEE, MAINE 10 PUBLIC: EASTERN MAINE SPORTSMAN SHOW ORNO, MAINE 15 MONTHLY COFFEE WITH VETS AT HITW 7 - 11 A.M. LEE, MAINE 18 PUBLIC: IFW HUNTERS SAFETY COURSE AT HITW LEE, MAINE 25 CANCELLED - VETERAN RABBIT RETREAT LEE, MAINE 3/26/23 CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT BANGOR, MAINE April 2023 19 MONTHLY COFFEE WITH VETS AT HITW 7-11 A.M. 29 PUBLIC EVENT: NIGHT OUT WITH THE BEATLES BANGOR, ME 30 VETERAN TURKEY HUNT RETREAT LEE, MAINE May 2023 1 VETERAN TURKEY HUNT RETREAT LEE, MAINE 8 ESTIMATED PAVILLION PROJECT BEGINS LEE, MAINE 17 MONTHLY COFFEE WITH VETERANS AT HITW 7-11 A.M. LEE, MAINE 20 PUBLIC EVENT: SPRING CLEAN UP AT HITW LEE, MAINE 21 VETERAN FLY FISHING RETREAT LEE, MAINE 27 BRAT & HAMBURGER FRY COOKOUT FUNDRAISER IN FRONT OF F.A. PEABODY INSURANCE LINCOLN, MAINE 28 PRIVATE EVENT: WIDOWS SONS MEMORIAL DAY RIDE TO HITW LEE, MAINE 5 VETERAN LAKE ONTARIO FISHING RETREAT OSWEGO, NY 12 STORYTELLING 14 DESIGN 17 CONSULTING 17 CONSULTING June 2023 5 VETERAN LAKE ONTARIO FISHING RETREAT OSWEGO, NY 12 VETERAN ALLIGATOR HUNT RETREAT LABELLE, FLORIDA 14 VETERAN DEEP SEA FISHING RETREAT FLORIDA 17 UTV RIDE FUNDRAISER TOPSHAM TRAILRIDERS TOPSHAM, MAINE 17 PUBLIC: VETERAN UTV RIDE AT HITW LEE, MAINE 21 MONTHLY COFFEE WITH VETERANS AT HITW LEE, MAINE 21 VETERAN SPECIAL EVENT RECREATIONAL RETREAT LEE, MAINE July 2023 6 PUBLIC WELCOME: GUIDE COURS E BY FINS & FURS ADVENTURES LEE, MAINE 15 PUBLIC EVENT; MUSIC ON THE GREEN: COMMUNITY CELEBRATION LEE, MAINE 16 VETERAN NASCAR RETREAT NEW HAMPSHIRE 19 MONTHLY COFFEE WITH VETERANS AT HITW LEE, MAINE 22 HITW AT VFW NATIONAL CONVENTION PHOENIX, AZ August 2023 5 VOLUNTEER LUNCHEON AT HITW 10 A.M. - 2 P.M. LEE, MAINE 16 MONTHLY COFFEE WITH VETERANS AT HITW 7 - 11 A.M. LEE, MAINE 26 VETERAN BEAR RETREAT WEEK 1 LEE, MAINE September 2023 2 VETERANS BEAR HUNT RETREAT WEEK 2 LEE, MAINE 20 MONTHLY COFFEE WITH VETS AT HITW 7-11 A.M. LEE, MAINE October 2023 8 VETERAN BIRD HUNT RETREAT LEE, MAINE 18 29 VETERAN DEER HUNT RETREAT LEE, MAINE TBD VETERAN MOOSE HUNT RETREAT MAINE MONTHLY COFFEE WITH VETS 7-11 A.M. LEE, MAINE November 2023 TBD VETERAN MOOSE HUNT RETREAT MAINE 15 MONTHLY COFFEE WITH VETS HITW 7-11 A.M. LEE, MAINE December 2023 8 PUBLIC EVENT: HITW AT ICE FISHING EXPO OSHKOSH, WISCONSIN 9 PUBLIC EVENT: CHRISTMAS COMMUNITY CELEBRATION 12-5 P.M. LEE, MAINE 16 PUBLIC EVENT: 2nd ANNUAL WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA LEE, MAINE 17 PUBLIC EVENT: 2ND ANNUAL CHILI CHOWDAH COOKOFF! 12-4 P.M. LEE, MAINE 20 MONTHLY COFFEE WITH VETS AT HITW 7-11 A.M. LEE, MAINE 2022 HERE WE COME ! We're so excited to re-connect with you in 2022. *Complete details to follow, SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE * ​ ​ ​ January - House in the Woods at Shot Show networking and connecting to grow visibility of our mission. ​ - (1/19) COFFEE WITH VETERANS February ​ - (2/10-2/13) Wisconsin Sturgeon Spearing Retreat ​ - (2/14) Mastermind Group - Veteran Organization Leaders (Wisconsin) ​ - (2/16) COFFEE WITH VETERANS ​ - (2/19) RABBI T RETREAT - (2/25-2/26) Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife hosting TRAPPING COURSE March - (3/4) Veteran Coyote Retreat ​ - (3/5) Veteran Ice Fishing Retreat - (3/13) Cornhole Fundraiser - (3/16) COFFEE WITH VETERANS - ( 3/19) Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife hosting ATV SAFETY COURSE April - (4/2) Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife hosting HUNTERS SAFETY - FIREARMS ​ - (4/3) Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife hosting HUNTERS SAFETY - ARCHERY SAFETY & CROSSBOW ​ - (4/20) COFFEE WITH VETERANS AT THE LODGE ​ - ( 4/18-4/20) - Florida Gator Veteran Retreat ​ - (4/30) 1st Annual NIGHT OUT WITH ELVIS DINNER & AUCTION A t Bangor Elk's Lodge ​ May - (5/1-5/4) VETERAN TURKEY HUNT MAINE ​ - ( 5/6) Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife hosting Ethics Class ​ - (5/13-5/15) Veteran Turkey Hunt Collaboration with Untamed outdoors & Eastern Shore Hunting & Guides of Maryland. ​ - (5/18) COFFEE WITH VETERANS AT THE LODGE ​ - (5/23) 6th Annual Heroes Golf Tournament (Martindale Country Club ) ​ - CHRISTIAN WOMEN'S RETREAT ​ - Nascar Coca-Cola 600 Charlotte North Carolina honoring Fallen Heroes. Sgt. Joel House's name will be on #22 car. June - 6th - 9th - 12th Annual Lake Ontario Fishing Retreat ​ - 11th - ATV/ UTV Day Ride - Bear Retreat Prep Begins - 6/12 Maine State Moose Drawing - 6/15 COFFEE WITH VETERANS July - 7/1 Bike Ride Day Trip up Weir Pond Road LEE, ME ​ - 7/8-7/10 5th LODGE Anniversary at House in the Woods ​ - 7/14-7/17 MAINE REGISTERED GUIDE COURSE ​ - 7/21 COFFEE WITH VETERANS August - 8/5 PORTLAND SEADOGS Recognition Day ​ - (cancelled)8/10 FAMILY DAY AT THE LAKE ​ - 8/18 COFFEE WITH VETERANS ​ - HITW Volunteer Training (by invite only) ​ - 8/28-9/4 Bear Hunt Retreat Week 1 begins September - 9/4-9/11 Bear Hunt Retreat Week 2 begins ​ - 9/21 COFFEE WITH VETERANS ​ - 9/26-10/2 Hound Bear Hunts (2) October - 10/2-10/5 Bird Hunt Retreat ​ - 9/26-10/2 Moose Hunt Retreat Week 1 (1 veteran) ​ - 10/11-10/15 Moose Hunt Retreat Week 2 (1 veteran) ​ - 10/15 Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife hosting Hunters Safety Firearms ​ - 10/16 Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife hosting Hunters Safety Archery & Crossbow ​ - 10/19 COFFEE WITH VETERANS ​ - 10/25-10/29 Moose Hunt Retreat Week 3 (1 veteran) ​ - 10/8-10/16 Moose Hunt Retreat Week 2 (1 veteran) November - NOVEMBER MOOSE RETREAT (1 veteran) ​ - 10/31-11/4 VETERAN DEER HUNT RETREAT ​ - 11/16 COFFEE WITH VETERANS ​ - Thanksgiving Dinner the lodge December - (10-11th) Old Town Christmas Celebration with Santa - 10/12 1st Annual Chili / Chowdah Cookoff ​ - 12/21 COFFEE WITH VETERANS ​ ​ ​ 2023 - (4/29/23) 2nd Annual Night out with the BEATLES *Donations & Tickets for the Night can be made HERE ​ - (5/15/23) 1st Annual Sgt. Joel A. House Memorial Golf Tournament ***Click the Title above for the Registration Form *Donations & Registration can be made HERE CLICK FOR EVENT PICS Shot Show Networking 2022 COFFEE WITH VETERANS Veteran Sturgeon Spearing Veteran Leader Mastermind COFFEE WITH VETERANS Military Heroes Rabbit Retreat Veteran Coyote Retreat Veteran Ice Fishing Retreat Cornhole Tournament Fundraiser COFFEE WITH VETERANS COFFEE WITH VETERANS VETERAN GATOR RETREAT Dinner & Auction Fundraiser Veteran Turkey Retreat MARYLAND TURKEY RETREAT COFFEE WITH VETERANS HEROES GOLF TOURNAMENT CHRISTIAN RETREAT NASCAR HONOR & REMEMBER LAKE ONTARIORETREAT VETERAN UTV RIDE search MOOSE TAG RESULTS COFFEE WITH VETERANS BICYCLE RIDE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION MAINE GUIDE'S COURSE COFFEE WITH VETERANS VOLUNTEER SAFETY REFRESHER WEEK 1 BEAR RETREAT WEEK 2 BEAR RETREAT COFFEE WITH VETERANS BIRD HUNT RETREAT OMAR MOOSE HUNT ALEX MOOSE HUNT COFFEE WITH VETERANS DAVID SOTO HUNT JACK GOODROE HUNT RYAN COLES HUNT VETERAN DEER HUNT COFFEE WITH VETERANS 2022 CHRISTMAS CHILI CHOWDAH COOKOFF

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    1/4 TOGETHER, WE HEAL OUR MISSION Our Mission is to create a therapeutic, recreational, and educational retreat for our nation's U.S. armed forces and their families, using outdoor wilderness activities in Maine and natural habitats to help participants share common challenges related to their service and sacrifice in protecting our nation's freedom and democratic ideals. GET INVOLVED Thanks to your generosity, we are able to provide FREE outdoor retreats to our service members and their families. Your contribution and support may change, or save, a veteran's life. Get involved today. PROGRAMS We offer outdoor retreats for active duty military, veterans, and their family members, in the great wilderness of Maine. Activities include hunting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, nature tours, campfires, swimming, and wildlife identification and spotting. ​ Individuals with PTSD, TBI, and Combat related injuries not only find peace in the outdoors, but LIFE SAVING healing here. Thank you Sponsors for keeping our Healing Outdoor Retreats FREE for our attendees! CLICK TO SEE PHOTOS SPONSOR A VET TODAY Sponsor a veteran in someone's honor this year and receive a certificate to wrap up and give as a gift. Along with your sponsorship certificate your loved one (and you) will receive email updates throughout the year regarding YOUR veteran sponsored. As you can imagine, the demand is high for non-perishable items at the House in the Woods lodge, which we often have to purchase using donations. If you are able to, and interested, please take a look at the link below to see our regularly used items at the lodge. The ship to address is build into the wish list. We appreciate any support you are able to offer. Every donation regardless of size, is making it possible to provide these healing opportunities for our veterans. Click here to find out WHERE you can find TURBO BOOST? Click here to order! THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS BLUE TRITON BRANDS download (2) Design-Architectural-Heating BLUE TRITON BRANDS 1/91 Start Here WHAT PEOPLE SAY "Your program is an excellent example of Mainers working together to fill an unmet need in our State. The servicemen and women who have dedicated themselves to defending our freedom overseas face a unique set of challenges when returning home to civilian life. These veterans - and their families- deserve our full support in this time of transition, and House in the Woods is clearly committed to these goals." — Governor, Paul LePage, State of Maine GET YOUR HITW MERCH HERE! Purchase your House in the Woods Merchandise today! ​ Not only will you be looking good in your newest apparel, but you'll be spreading the word about the mission of GIVING BACK! LEARN MORE

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