Therapeutic Recreation - Battle Creek VA Medical Center
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Battle Creek VA Medical Center


Therapeutic Recreation

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What We Do

Therapeutic Recreation provides individualized services, as needed, to Veterans served by the Battle Creek VA Medical Center. Our mission is to improve and enrich all aspects of a Veteran’s functioning through active therapy and/or meaningful therapeutic activities to maintain or improve independence and quality of life. We facilitate a range of meaningful activities, including: wellness lifestyles education, leisure education, leisure skill development, creative arts, fitness and hobby education, music therapy, volunteer-sponsored special events, participation in national competitions specifically for Veterans, and community re-integration assistance.

Key Staff

Program Manager


For general program information, call (269) 966-5600, Ext. 33902.

Service Information
Leisure Resources
Battle Creek VA Medical Center
Leisure Resources

Hours are subject to change. Please call Ext. 33902 for the monthly open activity calendar.

Gardens/Meditation Areas
Bicentennial Park, Pavilion, Meditation/Garden/Fountain areas around Greenhouse
Healing Garden by Community Living Center

Building 136, Ext. 33948 or 33902
All equipment provided
Monday, Wednesday, Friday    1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Golf at Custer Greens
Building 101, (269)968-7398
Open 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Last tee off is at 6:00 p.m.
What's Offered: Lessons, driving range, putt-putt, 9 holes, clubs and carts. Equipment is free for use by showing Veteran ID card. Free play with golf play card obtained from golf clinic, cost for outpatients is $9.00. Golf Clinic dates vary, see Open Activity Schedule. If there are questions contact Ext. 33902 or Ext. 33937.

Building 127, Ext. 31822
Open Visiting Hours: Monday - Friday    8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Gym (Currently Under Construction- hours will be listed when it re-opens in the future)
Building 134, Ext. 35322 or 33902
Monday - Friday    2:30 - 4:30 p.m.    Fitness Education/Open Gym 3:30pm
Saturday, Sunday     3:30 - 5:00 p.m.    Open Gym
Thursday Evening     6:00 - 8:00 p.m.    Open Gym

Building 136, (269) 223-6492 or Ext. 36490
What's Offered: Computer, newspaper, video resources, magazines, and books
Monday, Friday    7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday    7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Music Therapy Clinic
Building 138, Theatre, Ext. 33921 or 33933
What's Offered: Ensembles, Lessons, Stress Management Lessons, Recordings, Yoga
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday    1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday    4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Chaplain Service
Building 82, Ext. 32433
What's Offered: Services, individual counseling available by calling extension or through nurse.

Chaplain Services
Protestant Worship Services 9:30 a.m. Sunday Bldg. 82 - Ground Floor (Chapel)
Catholic Mass 10:45 a.m. Sunday Bldg. 82 - Ground Floor (Chapel)
Week Day Catholic Mass 4:00 p.m. Mon, Wed, Thurs Bldg. 82 - Ground Floor (Chapel)
Recovery (4 sessions - 2 Hours) 6:00 p.m. Monday Bldg. 8 - Day Room
Relapse Prevention 8:15 a.m. Tues, Thurs Bldg. 14 - 019
Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Tuesday Bldg. 82 - Ground Floor (Chapel)
12 Steps of Recovery (5 sessions - 2 Hours) 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Bldg. 8 - Day Room
Spiritual Fitness (Process Group) 2:00 p.m. Thursday Bldg. 14 - 019


Fly Tying with Project Healing Waters
Building 6, Ext. 33937
1st and 3rd Mondays
Winter hours/October - April are 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Summer hours/May - September are fishing trips on 1st Monday, fly tying on the 3rd Monday

Ext. 33902
This is a high-tech treasure hunting game that you can enjoy at most any time.
There is a GPS and instructions available to you, for check out, at Therapeutic Recreation, Building 6, Room 304, or in each residential area. There are 19 Geocache stations on campus.

Pavilion Offerings
What's Offered: Shuffleboard, Baseball Diamond, Basketball Court, Tennis Court, Horseshoe Pit, Volleyball Court

Contact Info


  • Battle Creek VA Medical Center
    Building 6, Room 301

Contact Number(s)

  • 269-966-5600 Ext. 33902

Hours of Operation

  • 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.