Thank you to Blue Ridge Safehouse and Greg for the weekend from all four of us! We found this a great opportunity to enjoy family time together, new experiences, and discover the overwhelming support from the West Jefferson community. Our daughter loved riding a horse for her first time with a friend of Gregs, and particularly enjoyed the RAZR excursion to see the changing leaves! Our son got to experience riding on a mechanical bull for the first time and loved prospecting for gems at Mystery Hill. It was heartwarming to see the support from the community in providing every meal and excursion gratis to our family.
We couldn’t possibly express how appreciative we were to be a part of this. The place we stayed had a pool table, air hockey table, and a jukebox the whole family just couldn’t get enough of. It was cozy, private, and just perfect for us. Greg hosted dinner the final night at our house, shared some of his experiences and stories, and provided my wife and I some understanding of what to expect after I retire in a few years. Greg clearly enjoys giving back to the Special Forces community and continuing to be involved with GBs and families, who like him, have contributed to years of deployments. BRS is a way for families who have experienced the stress of these repeated deployments overseas to bond over new experiences, community support, and the relaxation of having everything possible provided for the trip. Thanks again Greg and BRS from all four of us! DOL
-Sam, Tammy, Katie, & River
BRS gave my family a weekend we’ll never forget. We stayed at an amazing house located in the mountains of West Jefferson. Every meal was provided to ensure our bellies were full, and our weekend was stress free. Our family was taken care of from start to finish. We relaxed our first day, and went sightseeing in the mountains. The following day we started the morning with horseback riding. Such an amazing experience our 5year old loved so much! After lunch, we went trail riding in a topless jeep around the mountains and saw sights only seen in movies! The weekend with BRS was so much more than just 3 days of adventures. My family and I were able to spend much needed quality time together. Creating memories that’ll last a lifetime. We’re so thankful for BRS
Our family had an amazing time around West Jefferson, NC all thanks to Blue Ridge Safehouse. During our time there we stayed in a cabin that was on the river and my wife caught her first ever Trout there. There were plenty of places to fish and hike right around the cabin. We also had two adventures provided by BRS. On the second day of the trip we went site seeing in a topless Jeep down many dirt roads and to the top of Whitetop mountain in Virginia. If you do the keep your I highly recommend the going there. On the third day of our trip due to weather we went to Mystery Hill where we saw gravity change before our eyes as well as bull riding, ace throwing and gem mining all with our kids. We even had old-timey photos taken. On top of all our adventures, BRS hooked us up with amazing local food three times a day. We had a wonderful time. Thank you Blue Ridge Safehouse for the opportunity to relax and decompress with my family.
Safehouse provided my family with a great experience and an opportunity to reconnect Blueridge with each other. After 19 years of service in the army, 13 of those years being in Special Operations, and recently returning from the closeout of Afghanistan, this trip was extremely beneficial to my wife and I, as well as our four children. The moments on the mountain, a stress-free and resourced weekend, allowed my wife and I to focus on the kids and each other. With no distractions, we could share in the unique opportunities to build lasting memories on the ski slopes and snow tubing hills of the North Carolina mountains.
We are extremely grateful for the opportunity. Blueridge Safehouse has found something special, that will hopefully continue to help the special operations community recover after two decades of conflict and allow the men and women a much-needed opportunity to rejuvenate and reconnect with those they care about. Thank you for the time and support for the families and those that serve at the tip of the spear.
First and foremost, I would like to thank Greg & the Blue Ridge Safe House patrons for blessing our family with such a fantastic trip! Our lodging at the Falls Creek Cabins was relaxing & peaceful. Having the opportunity to spend quality time as a family, with no distractions, was much needed. Getting back to the simple things of playing a board game, working a puzzle, watching a movie together, taking our dog for a walk through the woods… BRSH set us up for snowboarding lessons & lift tickets at Appalachian Mountain for the day – We had an amazing time as a family. The following day we were supposed to go tubing at Hawks Nest, but due to C-19, they were understaffed and had to cancel our reservation. I shot Greg a quick text, and he got us set up with an all-inclusive trip to Mystery Hill. Mystery Hill was a unique and exciting place to visit – The kids had an absolute blast! All of our meals were arranged & paid for in the community of West Jefferson, and everyone we met was friendly and expressed thankfulness for my service in the Army. Our final dinner was with Greg and Kyle, where we played the “who do you know” game – reminding me just how small our SOF community is and how powerful and healing it can be to share our stories. Thanks to the generosity of a counseling organization, we will be doing some family counseling sessions to reconnect and undo some of the stress and strain of enduring through 10 deployments. We are forever grateful for the gift of this experience. It is heartwarming to know that others genuinely care and want to make a difference in the lives of active-duty Green Berets. Thank you. DOL
Sid, Jenni, Elly & Mitchell
“Our family spent four days in the West Jefferson area hosted by Blue Ridge Safehouse, and were completely spoiled. The entire town of West Jefferson is full of wholesome people that have so much respect for the Special Operations, and want to show their appreciation. We stayed in a loft above the unique shops downtown which was walking distance from nearly every need & want. The family enjoyed skiing and tubing in the mountains and some much needed relaxation. The session with Lotus Group was pleasant and simply another opportunity to use however the family chooses. The itinerary removed thought and logistics of timelines and meals which allowed for more actual time together. This was quality time together, and memories that the kids will share. I can’t say enough about the program, the people, and the opportunity to actually relax.
Thank you!! DOL”