Philanthropy Works:  OBHC

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“Thank you again for all you do for families like mine. You probably will never have any idea what our trip to Custer did for our family. The deer rack that the children got on their scavenger hunt is in each of the rooms mounted, holding their baseball caps.  The old time western photo is in our front hallway (and everyone who walks in our house chuckles at it). The stuffed buffalos sleep on our sofa in the play room and most importantly the memories of our wonderful trip are frequently talked about.  I can’t thank you all enough for an opportunity of a life time and I hope that I can get you guys connected to others that can help you continue to do what you do."

- Veteran Spouse and Cabin Patron

The non-profit project, Operation Black Hills Cabin, started in 2011, as a way to say thank you to our  qualified combat-disabled veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. They are granted a one week respite for their immediate family in a three bedroom, two bath cabin granted by the SD Housing Authority.

Since being officially established prior to the summer of 2013, families from 21 states have been guests to the Custer cabin.  Not only do they experience the serenity of the Black Hills, but also the hospitality from local businesses and volunteers that make the stay possible.  This is their story: