“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?
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Barren Heights is blessed not only by the generosity we receive from our monthly donors, but also through the grant support from charitable organizations and businesses. We cannot thank these organizations enough for believing in the mission and vision of Barren Heights. Their support allows us to continue creating more compassionate communities and making families […]
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Barren Heights Community Center
11420 Watterson Court #800
Louisville, KY 40299
Monday/Tuesday/Thursday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. ET