The barn at RCR will serve as the clubhouse and focal point of the property, offering a wide variety of amenities and services to veterans, their families, community groups, and the public more broadly. The restoration on the barn will allow it to be water and air tight, and to build out the interior including re-wiring, an office with a computer, a conference room, a common room, washrooms, laundry, equipment storage and a wood working shop, complete with tools. This space will be available to veterans and their families on a regular basis or available for the public to rent.
Much of the work on the barn will be completed by veterans under the supervision of contractors which is both cathartic and cost effective. All the work on the property thus far has been completed in this manner and the non-profit plans to proceed with this practice as amenities are added, creating opportunity for veterans to develop new skills, and enjoy the satisfaction of completing a task, while reminiscing about their Afghanistan experience with understanding peers. The beauty of this project is that the work on the property that veterans are taking on is the therapy with the completion of tasks supporting ones sense of self while at the same time creating a product that they can enjoy going forward.