MALONE – A non-profit organization in the region will inaugurate the future site of a veterans retreat center in the Lake Titus region.
Homeward Bound Adirondacks – a volunteer organization based in Saranac Lake – is a private veterans support agency that plans to build a retreat center near Lake Titus, to support veterans suffering from PTSD.
The dedication ceremony is scheduled to take place Saturday, from noon to 3 p.m., at the Lake Titus property, 12801 State Route 30, in Malone, according to the organization’s website.
According to Frank Dorchak, the organization’s fundraising president, the property spans more than 100 acres and is an ideal location for the organization’s Adirondack-style retreat center, according to Dorchak.“There are three ponds on the property, it’s perfect for what we need,” Dortchak said, âThere are two and a half miles of trails, which is exactly what veterans look for when they come on their tours.
Dorchak said parking is limited on-site and a shuttle will provide trips to the site from the Franklin County Courthouse parking lot in Malone for the ceremony.
Dorchak said the shuttle would start bringing people to the Lake Titus area at 11:30 a.m.
According to Dorchak, the sale of the property to Homeward Bound Adirondacks was finalized in June.
Dorchak said the group’s initial work on the property will focus on providing water to the site and working on its roads.
“We are going to try to drill a well, and we have started working on the roads,” he added. Dortchak said.
A “Grocery buoy”, fundraising in early June, at grocery stores in Chateaugay, Plattsburgh and Tupper Lake, raised $ 10,000, according to Dorchak, who said the proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets will go towards mortgage payments for the property, where the group’s new retreat center will be located.
The group is currently organizing weekend retreats for veterans in Onchiota, according to Dorchak.