To the Editor:

I am writing to thank residents of Jackson County for all of their help in preparing for our program at Equinox Ranch. For those of you who have not yet heard of us, we have been quietly converting the old H.F. “Cotton” Robinson riverfront home in Cullowhee into a 10-bedroom facility to fit the needs of our program Helping Warriors Heal from the trauma of war.

After more than five years of planning our program and finding and renovating our amazing property, we are hoping to finish the renovations and start in early 2021. Our program will be longer and more extensive than any other currently in existence. Veterans will stay at the ranch for two sessions during the course of a year. While here they will experience the healing power of the magnificent Smoky Mountains and the Tuckaseigee River; the support of fellow veterans who share similar experiences; traditional therapies, as well as art and music.

This area appealed to us because of its natural beauty and the many veterans here suffering from the “invisible wounds of war.” We will help them readjust back to their civilian roles and relationships.

We welcome any support that the community can offer us and hope to be a source of healing and pride for Jackson County residents. If you want to find out more about us, we welcome the opportunity to talk to you or your group about our program and/or show you around the property. You can contact Equinox at equinox.ranch@yahoo.com or 356-8307.

Margo Capparelli,

Cullowhee