“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?
During this global pandemic, we have all lived through an unprecedented time of uncertainty and social isolation. Many special needs families live in this isolation day in and day out, regardless of the virus. We are just getting a glimpse into those realities. The need is greater than ever. Families living with disabilities still need community […]
Many of our Barren Heights families have been hit particularly hard by all of the sudden changes due to COVID-19. Additionally, we know many special needs families are among the most vulnerable to the spread of the virus. We want to continue making sure everyone feels loved, accepted, welcomed, and safe. We are taking requests […]
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 […]
A Letter from Executive Director Abbi Rose: Dear Barren Heights Community, Just like you, we as an organization are learning how to live in a new normal. We are drawing strength, peace, and hope from the fact that instability, cancellations, and fears are not powerful enough to mess up God’s plans. We are aiming to […]
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Barren Heights Community Center
11420 Watterson Court #800
Louisville, KY 40299
Monday-Thursday 9:00-3:00 PM ET