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New York

 

Mission

 

We use recreation, therapy, and continuing support to give people of all abilities a better life.
Together we bridge the gap between disability and belonging.

 

Western New York is home to one of the largest veterans populations in the country. It is also a place of great natural beauty and a strong, family-oriented community – the elements that have made Higher Ground so successful for over 20 years.

Higher Ground New York Programs support service members, veterans, and their families. We use therapeutic recreation and adaptive sports to help facilitate a change in perspective and give the participants the physical skills, confidence, and coping strategies necessary for a successful reintegration process.

 

 

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An image of New York Sponsor Logos including Beaver Hollow, Body to Mind, Central Rock Gym, Wekanu, Paradox Sports, Laps for Limbs, and Wolcott Farms

Upcoming Events

Tee it Up for the Troops

Activities

Horsemanship

Sailing

Hiking

Snowsports

Kayaking

Rock and Ice Climbing

Nutrition

Mountaineering

Therapeutic Recreation Education and Adaptive Sports

Paddling

Fishing

Health and Wellness

Yoga/Tai Chi


Dec
11
Sun
HG Couples Snow Sports Program for Male and Female Veterans @ Sun Valley Resort
Dec 11 – Dec 16 all-day
**Participants must be selected for a program, and availability is subject to change. Please contact Event PoC with any questions!**

Our week-long outdoor therapeutic recreation programs support those experiencing symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Military Sexual Trauma, and/or Polytrauma. The program is designed to help you discover a renewed sense of belonging, improve quality of life, and connect you with a community.

Snow Sports Program for Couples

  • Who: 7 veterans and their significant others
  • WhatA week of recreational therapy through downhill skiing or snowboarding  no experience necessary 
  • When: December 11-16, 2022
  • WhereSun Valley, Idaho 
  • Accommodations: Private Rooms at the Sun Valley Resort
  • Accessibility: Adaptive Ski Equipment is Available if Needed
  • Cost: HG covers all related costs, including travel costs for both veterans and supporters 

A few notes about our program

  • Registration: Our programs are for veterans with symptoms of PTSD, TBI, MST, and/or polytrauma. If you would like to attend a program, you must first register on our website here. From there, a Participant Coordinator will be in contact with you regarding available opportunities for you. If you have already registered but your contact information has changed, please let us know so we can continue to inform you of upcoming programs! Just email dave@highergroundusa.org with any relevant changes.
  • One-Time Experience: Due to our lengthy waitlist, we are only able to provide one week-long program. We provide resources to find recreation in your home community, as well as 3 years of follow-up after you have completed our program. 
  • Recreational Therapy: Our programs incorporate daily group discussions to reflect on the impact of recreation, typically they last about an hour right before dinner. 
For more information, watch our video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8gSBrgqIzQ
Jan
25
Wed
HG Singles Ice Climbing Program for Male and Female Veterans @ Lake Placid, NY
Jan 25 – Jan 31 all-day

HG January 25-31 Ice Climbing Program for Male & Female Veterans

  • Who: (6) Veterans/Service Members. This program is open to both female and male veterans with their supporters.
    • Note: As part of our individuals programming, you may bring a supporter (over 18), which can be a close family member or friend who is a significant part of your daily life  to attend the program – free of cost.   
  • What: Intro to ice climbing with Paradox Sports.  NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. All skill levels welcome.
  • Where: Lake Placid, NY 
  • Accommodations: Shared bunk rooms on second floor of Bed and Breakfast
  • Accessibility: The approach can range from 20 – 45 minutes of navigating various terrain (uphill/downhill on snow, ice and on uneven ground) before arriving at the climbing site.
  • Cost: FREE – Higher Ground Covers ALL program related costs

A few notes about our program:

  • Our programs are for veterans with symptoms of PTSD, TBI, MST, and/or polytrauma.
  • One-Time Experience: Due to our lengthy wait list, we are only able to provide one week-long program. We provide resources to find recreation in your home community, as well as 3 years of follow-up after you have completed our program.
  • Recreational Therapy: Our programs incorporate daily group discussions to reflect on the impact of recreation, typically they last about an hour right before dinner.

*Please note that, submitting interest in our program is not an official registration. Program fill/participant selection is based on a variety of factors and participants selected will receive an invitation email from our HG program staff *

As we continue to grow our veteran programs, our goal at Higher Ground is to prioritize participant selection regionally. In doing so, it is our hope that we can continue to create a community of HG Alum that can return home post-program and continue to build on the recreation and leisure skills learned throughout program. Please keep this in mind when submitting your interest in our veteran programs.

Feb
5
Sun
HG Couples Snow Sports Program for Male and Female Veterans @ Sun Valley Resort
Feb 5 – Feb 10 all-day
**Participants must be selected for a program, and availability is subject to change. Please contact Event PoC with any questions!**

Our week-long outdoor therapeutic recreation programs support those experiencing symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Military Sexual Trauma, and/or Polytrauma. The program is designed to help you discover a renewed sense of belonging, improve quality of life, and connect you with a community.

Snow Sports Program for Couples

  • Who: 8 veterans and their significant others
  • WhatA week of recreational therapy through downhill skiing or snowboarding  no experience necessary 
  • When: February 5-10, 2023
  • WhereSun Valley, Idaho 
  • Accommodations: Private Rooms at the Sun Valley Resort
  • Accessibility: Adaptive Ski Equipment is Available if Needed
  • Cost: HG covers all related costs, including travel costs for both veterans and supporters 

A few notes about our program

  • Registration: Our programs are for veterans with symptoms of PTSD, TBI, MST, and/or polytrauma. If you would like to attend a program, you must first register on our website here. From there, a Participant Coordinator will be in contact with you regarding available opportunities for you. If you have already registered but your contact information has changed, please let us know so we can continue to inform you of upcoming programs! Just email dave@highergroundusa.org with any relevant changes.
  • One-Time Experience: Due to our lengthy waitlist, we are only able to provide one week-long program. We provide resources to find recreation in your home community, as well as 3 years of follow-up after you have completed our program. 
  • Recreational Therapy: Our programs incorporate daily group discussions to reflect on the impact of recreation, typically they last about an hour right before dinner. 

For more information, watch our video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8gSBrgqIzQ

Feb
26
Sun
HG Singles Snow Sports Program for Male and Female Veterans @ Mammoth Mountain, CA
Feb 26 – Mar 3 all-day

**Participants must be selected for a program, and availability is subject to change. Please contact Event PoC with any questions!**

Our week-long outdoor therapeutic recreation programs support those experiencing symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Military Sexual Trauma, and/or Polytrauma. The program is designed to help you discover a renewed sense of belonging, improve quality of life, and connect you with a community.

 

HG Snow Sports Program for Male & Female Veterans and their Supporters

  • Who: 6 veterans and their supporter
  • What: A week of recreational therapy through skiing, snowboarding and tubing — no experience necessary
  • When: February 26 – March 3, 2023
  • Where: Mammoth Mountain, CA
  • Accommodations:  All participants will stay in a the Mammoth Mountain Inn
  • Cost: HG covers all related costs, including travel costs for veterans.

Apply Here

A few notes about our program

  • Registration: Our programs are for veterans with symptoms of PTSD, TBI, MST, and/or polytrauma. If you would like to attend a program, you must first register on our website here. From there, a Participant Coordinator will be in contact with you regarding available opportunities for you. If you have already registered but your contact information has changed, please let us know so we can continue to inform you of upcoming programs! Just email militaryprogramparticipantcoordinator@highergroundusa.org with any relevant changes.
  • One-Time Experience: Due to our lengthy waitlist, we are only able to provide one week-long program. We provide resources to find recreation in your home community, as well as 3 years of follow-up after you have completed our program.
  • Recreational Therapy: Our programs incorporate daily group discussions to reflect on the impact of recreation, typically they last about an hour right before dinner.

For more information, watch our video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8gSBrgqIzQ

Mar
19
Sun
HG Snow Sports Program: in partnership with the Salt Lake City VA @ Sun Valley Resort
Mar 19 – Mar 24 all-day
**Participants must be selected for a program, and availability is subject to change. Please contact Event PoC with any questions!**

Our week-long outdoor therapeutic recreation programs support those experiencing symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Military Sexual Trauma, and/or Polytrauma. The program is designed to help you discover a renewed sense of belonging, improve quality of life, and connect you with a community.

Snow Sports Program in Partnership with the SLC VA

  • Who: 7 veterans and their supporters
  • WhatA week of recreational therapy through downhill skiing or snowboarding 
  • When: March 19-24, 2023
  • WhereSun Valley, Idaho 
  • Accommodations: Private Rooms at the Sun Valley Resort
  • Accessibility: Adaptive Ski Equipment is Available if Needed
  • Cost: HG covers all related costs, including travel costs for both veterans and supporters 

A few notes about our program

  • Registration: Our programs are for veterans with symptoms of PTSD, TBI, MST, and/or polytrauma. If you would like to attend a program, you must first register on our website here. From there, a Participant Coordinator will be in contact with you regarding available opportunities for you. If you have already registered but your contact information has changed, please let us know so we can continue to inform you of upcoming programs! Just email dave@highergroundusa.org with any relevant changes.
  • One-Time Experience: Due to our lengthy waitlist, we are only able to provide one week-long program. We provide resources to find recreation in your home community, as well as 3 years of follow-up after you have completed our program. 
  • Recreational Therapy: Our programs incorporate daily group discussions to reflect on the impact of recreation, typically they last about an hour right before dinner. 

For more information, watch our video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8gSBrgqIzQ

Apr
26
Wed
HG Couples Horsemanship and Wellness Program for Male and Female Veterans 
Apr 26 – May 2 all-day

group photo of 10 riders posed for picture on horseback

**Participants must be selected for a program, and availability is subject to change. Please contact Event PoC with any questions!**

Our week-long outdoor therapeutic recreation programs support those experiencing symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Military Sexual Trauma, and/or Polytrauma. The program is designed to help you discover a renewed sense of belonging, improve quality of life, and connect you with a community.

April 26-May 2, 2023 Couples Horsemanship and Wellness Program for Male and Female Veterans

  • Who: 6 male or female veterans and their significant other
  • What: Horsemanship skill development with Wolcott Farms. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. All riding levels welcome. 
  • When: April 26 – May 2, 2023
  • Where: Beaver Hollow Conference Center, Java, NY
  • Accommodations: Each participant will have their own hotel style room with private bathroom (shared with supporter if attending with someone)
  • Accessibility: Some uneven terrain and steps, mostly paved or gravel paths throughout the property 
  • Cost: FREE – Higher Ground Covers ALL program related costs 

Interested? Use this link HERE to submit our HG program interest/availability form

A few notes about our program:

  • Registration: Different than our interest form in the link above – the registration on our website allows you to enter your contact information so you can be informed about our upcoming programs.
    • Our programs are for veterans with symptoms of PTSD, TBI, MST, and/or polytrauma.
    • If you would like to attend a program, you must first register on our website under the Programs tab of our website HERE
    • From there, a Participant Coordinator will be in contact with you regarding available opportunities for you. If you have already registered but your contact information has changed, please let us know so we can continue to inform you of upcoming programs!
  • One-Time Experience: Due to our lengthy wait list, we are only able to provide one week-long program. We provide resources to find recreation in your home community, as well as 3 years of follow-up after you have completed our program.
  • Recreational Therapy: Our programs incorporate daily group discussions to reflect on the impact of recreation, typically they last about an hour right before dinner.

For more information, watch our YouTube video HERE 

A veteran ice climbing.
A veteran riding a horse around a barrel with the American Flag and HG banner in the background
A male veteran and wife sitting on a sail boat with smiles on their faces enjoying the blue skies and wind in their faces.
Two people rocking climbing at an outdoor wall in a forest