New York




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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HGNY Rock Climbing Veteran Program @ Rumney, NH
Aug 4 – Aug 10 all-day

August 4-10, 2021 Mixed Singles Week-long Rock Climbing Program

  • Who: 10 Veterans/Service Members. This program is open to both female and male veterans.  
  • What: Intro to rock climbing with Paradox Sports. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. All skill levels welcome. 
  • Where: Rumney, NH
  • Accessibility: The approach can range from 20 – 45 minutes of navigating various terrain (uneven trails with rocks, boulders, stone steps, sand and gravel, uphill/downhill) before arriving at the climbing site.  
  • Cost: Higher Ground Covers ALL related costs for veterans and their supporter 
**Participants must be selected for a program, and availability is subject to change.  We continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation, and will continue to follow CDC, State, and County health and safety guidelines as we run in-person programming. Please contact natasha@highergroundusa.org with any questions** 

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 under the Programs tab of our website. 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 year continuum of care 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. 
HGNY Day Program: Spirit of Buffalo Sail @ Spirit of Buffalo
Aug 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening sail on the Spirit of Buffalo!

Please register via the link below if you are interested and available to attend. REGISTRATION WILL BE REQUIRED and programs will be filled on a first come – first served basis. If approved, you will receive a confirmation email. You will also receive an email if you have been placed on the waitlist, at which point if someone is no longer able to make the program you will be notified.

WHAT: Spirit of Buffalo Sail
WHEN: Please arrive between 5:00-5:30 for check-in (if you are unable to make this time just let me know)
WHERE: 44 Prime St, Buffalo, NY

HGNY Day Program: Community Reintegration Unit (CRU) Recreation Sampling @ Beaver Hollow Conference Center
Aug 28 all-day


August 28th HGNY All CRU Summer Rec. Sampling

  • Who: HGNY Community Reintegration Unit (CRU) Members 
    • Unit members who have attended a week-long HG program 
  • What: Summer recreation sports sampling: fishing, paddle sports, hiking, art as therapy, archery, pickle ball, and other various activities 
  • Where: Beaver Hollow Conference Center, Java, NY 
  • Cost: FREE – Higher Ground Covers ALL program related costs 

**Participants must register for this program. Please contact natasha@highergroundusa.org with any questions or program inquiries** 

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