10 March 2015

Not Forgotten Outreach is pleased to announce the Ribbon Cutting of the Not Forgotten Outreach Military Respite Center in Taos, New Mexico, on 06 April 2015 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.

We invite you to JOIN us for the Ceremony and live music by the Jimmy Staddler Band and good eats from the Farm House Café, who will be providing snacks & refreshments.

11:30 Arriving Guest; Music by Jimmy Staddler
11:45 Congressman Lujan arrives
11:50 Congressman Lujan Tour of Military Family Respite Center
12:05 Invocation
12:10 Poem by Cian Westmoreland, Afghanistan Veterans
12:15 Welcoming by NFO President Kym Sanchez
12:25 Remarks by Congressman Ben Ray Lujan
12:30 Remarks by Antonio Mondragon, Tribal Secretary of Taos Pueblo and Veteran of Iraq Gulf War
12:35 Ribbon Cutting by Congressman Ben Ray Lujan
12:45 Congressman Ben Ray Lujan leaves
12:50 Food/Music & Tour of NFO Military Family Respite Center aka “Ol’ Orinda”
11:30 till 2:30 Static Display of NFO partner’s & collaborators, UNM de Taos Sustainable Building & Agricultural Programs

The Not Forgotten Outreach Military Respite Center Taos, NM, is a place for Military Families to come together for up to a week free, and help each other reintegrate into society. The “Ol’ Orinda” is a place of respite, calm and peace, allowing Military Families to address their mental health and cognitive needs with others who “walked in their shoes” after returning from war. By providing an outdoor, rehabilitative retreat that promotes peer connection, challenging outdoor experiences, and healing with other Veterans, Active Duty their Families and Gold Star Families.

“Ol Orinda” Offerings

  • Taos Veterans Farming Project learn basic skills & best practices for sustainable farming for business or hobby
  • Therapy animals
  • Lodging, class & office space
  • Secluded tranquility with breathtaking mountain views

The Not Forgotten Outreach Military Respite Center will also serve as a central location for Not Forgotten Outreach’s Taos Veterans Farming Project. The 2-acre parcel will be a working Farm, with a heated greenhouse, farm animals and field crops and the Teaching facility for a USDA grant “Beginning Farmers/Ranchers Development Program”.

Not Forgotten Outreach would like to thank Bank of America, University of New Mexico Taos Construction Technology Dept. and the UNM Taos Green Technology Program, Phoenix Mechanical, the Military Families and the Community of Taos, New Mexico for their support is project of creating a home for Military Families in Taos, NM.

For more information, contact Don Peters II, or 512-656-6961.

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