“My friend Megan first told me about Barren Heights. I was excited to meet other families, but I was nervous about how Emma would handle being away from home. I was also nervous about how she would interact with the other kids. My first impression when we arrived was…Beautiful. I felt like I could feel God as soon as we turned in and saw the area. The first night we were really nervous and I guess awkward. But the second day, after the boat ride, I think we all started to relax. Shooting the water balloons and the hay ride was when we really let go.
Barren Heights is special because our family was able to connect with each other and talk about our faith and it’s place in our family in ways we haven’t before. Emma was able to be herself. She could yell, squeak, run and play without judgement. Even have a meltdown without people staring or judging us as parents. It was perfect. “
– Shawna, Guest Mom
This is not the time to shrink back and let children with disabilities remain in the darkness. It’s time to kick into overdrive so that every mom, dad and child will know the everlasting hope and community of Jesus.
Our goal is to raise $20,000 to continue providing respite and community to special needs families by meeting them right where they are during this time.
Will you help us reach our goal so that more families can experience and discover the community of Christ through Barren Heights?
For 17 years now, Barren Heights has been changing the lives of families who have kids with disabilities through retreats and inclusive events in the community. While each year has been better than the last, we’re ready to make bigger changes! From a new Host facility to an entirely new playground, we’re ready to grow […]
Community Resources As a small organization one of the best ways we can respond is to lift you up by prayer. Each week our staff gathers to pray for our community, and we want to know how we can specifically lift up you, your loved ones, and your friends during this time. You are not […]
Barren Heights was founded in 2004 by Joe and Toni Rose. After being involved in a serious car accident, the couple began to re-evaluate life and their priorities. While attending a Bible Study focused on “A Purpose Driven Life,” the Roses agreed that they were good at throwing parties at the lake and wondered if […]
We are preparing for the 2019 retreat season! Can you clean and organize? Are you handy with tools? Do you enjoy working outside? Can you paint or make repairs? This is a great opportunity for everyone! Come as an individual or with your office, team, or small group. We need you and value your skills! Jobs will […]
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Barren Heights Community Center
11420 Watterson Court #800
Louisville, KY 40299
Monday-Thursday 9:00-3:00 PM ET