On October 9th, 2019 members of the Olivette Fire Department hosted a breakfast for the Higher Ground Recreational Therapy Golf Camp.
Higher Ground (HG) enhances the quality of life through inclusive therapeutic recreation and education for people of all abilities. As a positive and visible fixture in the adaptive recreation industry, their programs give individuals with disabilities the opportunity to experience competition and the outdoors without limitations. Their staff of certified therapists helps participants build physical and social skills they can use for a lifetime. HG participants can experience the thrills of alpine skiing, snowboarding, fly fishing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, paddleboarding, martial arts, swimming, rock climbing, mountain biking, and many other activities at their highest possible level of independence!
This was the first camp held in the St. Louis area by Higher Ground. Starting their day off with a full belly, a tour of the firehouse, great conversation, laughs, and a donation from the Olivette Firefighters was an awesome start to their Camp week. There was a total of 21 guests: 8 couples and 5 staff members. In addition to hosting the breakfast, each Olivette Firefighter provided breakfast at “The Shack” so the participants could sample unique St. Louis culinary delights.
Higher Ground also offers programs for people with cognitive, physical, and developmental disabilities. Many members are veterans, suffering from PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, or other permanent disabilities. Higher Ground states, “there is no other program in the country that offers the whole-life healing that Higher Ground does. We are the only program that invites the spouse or other supporters to be part of the journey. The real healing begins when they head home. Higher Ground guarantees the veteran can stay active in recreation by providing the equipment and finances needed. Higher Ground also commit to three years of follow up support for each couple.” Higher Ground camps are free for veterans and their support system.
More information can be found on their website www.highergroundusa.org.