Families across the country look forward to summer – a time to break from school, take vacations, and enjoy the sunshine. But for many families affected by disability, summer offers no respite from the seemingly endless therapy appointments and caregiving duties. Finding a place for rest and relaxation can be a true challenge for these families, which is why Joni and Friends hosts Family Retreats across the nation throughout the summer. Family Retreats are a place where special needs families receive encouragement and care in the comfort of a safe and accessible family camp environment. They enjoy fun and fully-accessible, age-appropriate activities, along with meaningful conversations with families who understand the challenges of life with disability. Some of the families who attend Family Retreat look forward to this time of fellowship and fun throughout the entire year.
Allow us to introduce you to Ellen, a single mom with two kids. One of her children, Anna, is a beautiful girl who has Down syndrome. Their family faces daily difficulties because of Anna’s disability, but Family Retreat allows them the opportunity to have fun and connect with other families in similar situations. Watch this short film on Ellen, her family, and their experience with Family Retreat.
We ask you to please be in prayer for all of the families who will be attending retreats across the nation this summer, that it will be a time of life-giving refreshment and encouragement!