WHAT IS THE NEED?
The mission of Barren Heights is to love and encourage families of children with physical or developmental disabilities. They do this primarily by providing free weekend retreats and community outreach events for these families. Consider spending a year or summer serving special needs families and supporting the work of this ministry!
There are over 54 million families in the United States that are affected by disabilities. As one of the most overlooked groups of people, there are very few places where these families feel loved, accepted, and safe. Since Barren Heights’ first retreat in 2004, they have hosted over 250 family retreats impacting over 1000 families and 5,000 individuals from 17 states. Beyond the numbers, their impact is primarily seen in the individual life transformation and growth for each of their guests. They seek to meet people right where they are. Because of this, families are coming to them in search of encouragement and rejuvenation and, in turn, are encountering the community of Christ like never before.
OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
Spend the bulk of your internship serving special needs families at the Barren Heights’ Community Center. Through the Community Center, Barren Heights focuses on forming deep, lasting relationships with faith, fun, food, and fellowship! They have seen marriages healed, hope restored, and families changed after getting connected. They host a wide variety of men’s, women’s, couples, and family events that include activities such as nutrition counseling, mom’s night out, sensory-friendly Christmas and Easter parties, ice cream socials, movie nights, church services, group outings throughout the city, and more!
Interns serving with Barren Heights will have the ability to support the work of this ministry administratively as well as through helping coordinate and participate in many of the above events hosted at the Community Center.
SLOTS AVAILABLE: 2 slots for men or women