You leave here with a more relaxed feeling. You go back to your family and friends, essentially, you are mentally and emotionally reset.- Aaron Causey, US Army retired IED tech.
We cannot express enough gratitude to those serving or who have served in the United States Armed Forces. However, our Wildlife & Hunting Retreats for Veterans is one way we are able to honor and show appreciation to members of our military returning home from combat. Through these retreats, we believe our foundation has found a meaningful way to give back—even more meaningful is the positive feedback we receive from the service members who have attended a retreat.
If you want to learn more about how you can help us support disabled veterans in their efforts to adjust to civilian life after combat, please visit Wildlife & Hunting Retreats for Veterans or go to our Donation page.
Just being at Iron Horse is a completely relaxing experience. The people involved with the program make you feel at home with their overwhelming hospitality. Being surrounded by other veterans and the great people that make Iron Horse happen is what truly makes this program what it is ... perfect in every way!- Ryan Jackson, OIF Veteran Retired
The farm is the only place besides my home that I can lay my head down at night and feel safe.- Brian Fulford, Sgt. USMC Retired
When I go back home, my wife has told me I seem at peace. It has really helped our relationship a lot. I have learned a lot about the outdoors and hunting from the volunteers at the farm. Being a part of the retreats is a country boy's dream.- Patrick Skinner, US Army Retired.
King's Home Testimonial
For 45 years King’s Home has sought to provide Christ-centered homes and services in which compassion and competence combine to meet the needs of hundreds of youth, women, and children seeking refuge, hope, and help from abuse, neglect, abandonment, and homelessness.
Thanks to the EXTRAVAGANT GENEROSITY of those who support St. Michael's Iron Horse Charities, our 80+ youth are celebrated as individuals each Christmas and on their birthdays! They get to create their own unique "wish list" each year- and receive many of the quality items that they have picked out! This type of individual attention through gift giving is completely foreign to most of our youth. Both Christmas and Birthdays have become a time of great anticipation and fun for our youth at King's Home, helping replace painful memories with joyous experiences.
Last year, when writing out her Christmas list, Kat expressed that she didn't believe she would receive any of the items that she really wanted, the same as every year. Kat was a new resident at King's Home at the time and figured she may not receive anything at all that year since she hadn't lived here long. She was ecstatic when she opened up her gifts on Christmas morning to find the exact Kindle Fire with a bright pink case she had specifically requested. She teared up and said it was the first time she had ever received a gift that she actually picked out.
This attention to the individual is what separates St. Michael's Iron Horse from others. The extra effort that's put forth to shop for each of our 80+ youth by name is quite amazing, not to mention the time, organization and attention to detail this requires.
Thank you so much for making Christmas and Birthdays a unique celebration for our youth at King's Home!
Sherry McLaughlin-King's Home Representative
“This week on The Land Show, Dave and co-host Jonathan Goode focus on two charitable groups aimed at making a positive influence via their farm and hunting properties. First, Justin Kane with Iron Horse Farms talks about entertaining veterans' groups and wounded warriors on the organization's hunting property. ..."
Hoover resident Justin Kane founded St. Michael's Iron Horse Charities in order to serve disabled veterans and provide nutritious produce to Alabamians in need. This article in the Hoover Sun describes how the Kane family began the nonprofit organization, and their missions—to comfort the wounded of body and mind of our U.S. Armed Forces and to feed, clothe and spiritually nurture those in dire need in the central Alabama area.
Jeremy Cook December 11, 2017
The past year (15 months) has been amazing. I've been able to harvest amazing animals and have met amazing people. My daughter met her best friend and was able to harvest her first deer (first animal) ever. She also got hooked on fishing and her and her best friend Jaycee Terrill caught an all you can eat fish dinner on multiple occasions.
Just over a year ago Charlie Terrill put me in a tree stand with my new bow and I was able to harvest a pig on my first morning hunting. This past weekend things came full circle as I assisted a veteran in making a quality deer harvest. That was followed up by a successful hog hunt with one of my best friends.
St. Michael's Iron Horse Charities changed my life. From hunting and fishing to chickens, horses, goats and cows. This is a place that puts everything into Wounded Warriors and veterans. They even support Gold Star Families and the local community they are in.