R4 Retreat Center

R[4] Retreat Center is a family retreat ministry designed to provide families affected by special needs with fun, respite and memories that will last a lifetime!

The purpose of R[4] Retreat Center, Inc. is to encourage and inspire families affected by special needs through a unique camping experience at a beautiful completely ADA compliant facility. Through exciting outdoor adventures for each member of the family, peaceful moments in the center of God’s creation, the opportunity to bond with family and build new friendships, R[4] will promote the 4 “R’s” that are the cornerstone of our ministry: o Rest for the body. o Restoration for the spirit. o Renewal of the mind. o Rapha* for the heart (*Hebrew word for healing).

Mission: | Encourage | Inspire | Empower | Family | A family retreat ministry designed exclusively for families affected by special needs.


The other coronavirus 'front line': At home with special needs children

Parent of special needs kids.....YOU ARE HEROES and you are loved!! You are fighters! You are champions! You are ALL the good, powerful, resilient words rolled into one!

abcnews.go.com Being a parent is never a cakewalk, but parenting during a pandemic is an entirely new challenge for millions of American families of children with special needs.


This 💙

📷 Holland Elwell

Single Parents Of Children With Autism


The Kelly Clarkson Show

This..... #purelove

I dare you not to smile or tear up! ❤️🤗😜😍

"She's beautiful, she's amazing, and I'm so proud" 😭

It was love at first sight for Nick and Gabi when they met at a conference for people with Down Syndrome, but they forgot to trade contacts. Watch for the amazing story of how their moms helped reunite these lovebirds ❤️

Insight for Living's Reframing Ministries

This is so important!!!!


Ellen DeGeneres

This made me cry! Wow! Check it out and tell us your reaction! ❤️❤️

This 10-year-old boy with autism became verbal after getting an Iron Man helmet. Today he meets Robert Downey Jr. ❤️

Lets have some fun!

This is so true. Kindness goes so far....

Ashton Kutcher

These teenagers are awesome!! Encouragement goes a long way.

This gives me hope.

YES!!!! Let’s ALL be cool.


The Arc of DFW Area

This is AWESOME!!!

The Clearcreek Township Fire Department has added sensory bags to help firefighters and paramedics when they respond to a scene involving someone on the autism spectrum.

Classic Dad

YES! This is spectacular!! #dadsarefun #puddlejumping #truelove

Special Books by Special Kids

This is sooooo amazing! What a GREAT and inspiring interview! ❤️👊🏻👍🏻🎉😀

Blake is a college student with Down syndrome and Tanner is his autistic roommate. Together the two are living, learning and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

We celebrate #AutismDads today! You guys rock!! ❤️👍🏻👊🏻🎉

Shout out to all of the #AutismTough dads out there! We see you!


This is good!

Parents, how can people help you when you’re in a public situation and your child is having a meltdown? I think most people would like to help but don’t know how or what’s appropriate. Give us all some ideas. 👍🏻💙😇😎😊



Special Books by Special Kids

We love these interviews! Trey is just precious! #friendship #love #inclusion ❤️❤️

Trey was born without 3 chromosomes. He is nonverbal but still easily communicates to others that he accepts them and wants to be their friend.




Handing out candy? Here's what to do if you see a blue Halloween bucket

Look for blue Halloween buckets and help our friends with autism and other special needs enjoy trick or treating too! 💙💙

abcnews.go.com A viral Facebook post about blue Halloween buckets aims to help trick or treaters with autism.


It’s so cool being able to see his dreams come true.

16-year-old Ethan Holt is achieving his dream of being a model while helping normalize Down syndrome in the modeling industry.

Mana Maoli

This is so special!!! #compassion #inclusion

A student with autism receives his diploma in silence. Keep watching to find out why. #AlohaKekahiIKekahi

VC: Newsner.com


We just can’t get enough of this!!!!!

I’m not crying..... YOU’RE crying!!! So proud to be part of Australia's Got Talent 🎉❤️

R4 Fall Family Retreat

It was exactly one month ago today that everyone packed their bags to go back home from the Fall Family Retreat! We cannot belive it was a month ago already! To celebrate it being a month ago, here is a fun recap video of the retreat! https://ecs.page.link/B9zkg

A Recap of the R4 Fall Family Retreat Last month. We hope this video makes you smile and remember awesome moments at the retreat. A huge thank you to our vol...

Hey mamas!! We celebrate you! ❤️❤️❤️

For Down Syndrome Awareness Month, be aware of the Down syndrome momma. The momma that loves her child unconditionally but struggles from time to time with a life she didn’t expect or ask for. Nevertheless she is her child’s greatest protector, advocate and champion. She persists when the world tells her it just isn’t possible because she knows anything is possible when it comes to her child. The Down syndrome momma’s heart softens to those around her that are different or in need while her spirit finds a strength and determination she never knew she had. She is exhausted mentally, emotionally and physically in a way she could never describe but still somehow finds the energy to advocate, write letters, read new research, try new therapies and schedule appointments all for her child. Be mindful of the Down syndrome momma that keeps a smile on her face that hides her struggles. She doesn’t want your sorrow, pity or disingenuous comments but she desperately wants your understanding, support and friendship. She finds it hard to balance celebrating the absolute joy her child brings her whilst admitting life with Down syndrome can be hard. Very hard. The Down syndrome momma doesn’t want to change her child but she will do everything in her power to make sure the world changes for them. This Down Syndrome Awareness Month, take a moment to see the momma behind the child. Original words written by Baskets of Love Down Syndrome Support Society.
#basketsofloveds #downsyndrome #downsyndromelove #lifeisbetterwithyou #wouldntchangeathing #takingthescenicroute #theluckyfew #downsyndromeawarenessmonth #advocatelikeamother #downsyndromemomma #specialneeds #T21Club 📷 @idlewildphotoco


Rachel Barcellona Is the First Woman with Autism to Compete in Miss Florida Contest

You go, girl!!! Woot woot!

blog.theautismsite.greatergood.com Rachel Barcellona has some of the best answers we've ever heard to some tough questions.

Absolutely 💯 awesome!!! 👍🏻❤️😎🎉

"My name is Randy Walker Jr, I was diagnosed with autism as a toddler. When I was born the doctors told my mom that I wasn't gonna be able to walk, talk and hear and, by God's grace, I now have a job/career in CSP (Central Sterile Processing) at a hospital. Growing up, autism was tough but my mom always told me that autism is a part of you but not all of who you are. My message to people with autism is that you can do anything you set your mind to."

Love What Matters

I know this took so much courage for her to do this! Great job Morgan! The more we learn and try to understand and embrace one another, the better our world will be!

30 years ago Morgan was diagnosed with Autism, today, she bravely shares her story.


This is super cool! More and more locations are making efforts to include our sensory sensitive friends! Way to go, Dallas Zoo! #progress #inclusion

DALLAS ZOO CERTIFIED AS SENSORY INCLUSIVE: We believe that everyone should be able to come to the Zoo, connect with animals and nature, and have a positive, enjoyable experience! That's why we've partnered with KultureCity to ensure that our campus as well as our programs and events are all sensory inclusive, for those with conditions like autism, dementia or PTSD, or anyone who may be sensitive to over-stimulation and noise.

To become certified, our staff members were trained by leading medical professionals on how to recognize guests with sensory needs, and how to handle a sensory overload situation. Sensory bags, equipped with noise-canceling headphones (provided by Puro Sound Labs), fidget tools, verbal cue cards (produced in conjunction with Boardmaker), and weighted lap pads will also be available to those who may feel overwhelmed by the environment.

We are thrilled and honored to take this step toward creating a welcoming environment for everyone! MORE DETAILS: bit.ly/31JRSZl

Finding Cooper's Voice

This is a really good breakdown of the Autism CARES act that was just signed by our President. Awareness. Education. Research. Expanded services. Little by little, things are moving forward.

If you are a parent of a child with autism, I am sure in the last week you've heard about the Autism Cares Act. You've been tagged on Facebook and sent the articles via email. But what does it mean? Will your child get help from this act. Listen as I break it down for you.

That is all. ❤️

These are mine. 😜😱🙌🏻🤨🤣👍
What are yours?

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt

This was such a cute story on the news tonight. You can’t help but smile!!

WATCH: The sweet moment David asked his girlfriend Saris, both with Down syndrome, to be his "sunshine" at their homecoming dance.

Kevin Tibbles has their story tonight on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.


Truer words never written.......Terry

We don’t have enough hands.....❤️❤️❤️

Happy Fall, y’all! 🙌

This is our favorite season and my hands are raised up high!


Jamie has found a Cubs panda. You can tell how excited she is about her panda. 😂

[09/20/19]   Congrats to our non-profit friends who worked so hard to raise money for your organizations yesterday with North Texas Giving Day! You guys rocked it! Selah Creek, Especially Needed, and Dallas LIFE! Keep up the great work you’re doing! We’re proud of all of you! ❤️👍🏻🎉😀

The Autism Community in Action

Way to go Kodi!! We are so excited for you! 👍🏻🎉😀

Congrats to Kodi Lee! So excited for you!

“Lee, who is blind and has autism, has been the front-runner since earning a Golden Buzzer during the auditions round from Gabrielle Union. Lee not only pulled at the judges' heartstrings, but America's, winning the most viewer votes.”


A HUGE THANK YOU to Turner Construction Company Dallas for sponsoring our Fall Family Retreat and also for volunteering at our Welcome Party! You guys made our campers smile big as they came into camp! We are so thankful for your time!

Rock'n Robin Productions


Last Friday the Runway of Dreams Foundation kicked off #NYFW in a big way! 40 models with disabilities graced the runway, bringing awareness to adaptive fashion and inspiring us all to #RethinkTheRunway

Free Players Drum & Bugle Corps

This is perhaps the BEST thing we’ve seen...ever. Smiles. Tears. Joy. Make sure to watch it all the way through! You won’t be sorry!

The WAIT IS OVER, It's FINALLY here!! The FREE Players Drum & Bugle Corps make history as the 1st #DifferentlyAbled or #SpecialNeeds group to ever perform at the Drum Corps International World Championships. Make sure to watch until the end!! Please Like & Share our performance to help promote #Inclusion to show that #MUSIC is for everyone!

#DCI was the most #HeartWarming #Amazing expierience we have ever had. We hope that we inspire people with our performance to chase their dreams and to Challenge The Impossible #AgainstAllOdds

FREE Players Drum & Bugle Corps
2018 Production "Against All Odds"
1 - "Fanfare For Rocky" - composed by Bill Conti
2 - "Against All Odds Cadence" - composed by Dornell Williams & Brian Calhoun
3 - "Against All Odds Ballad" - composed by Kevin Merkel
4- - "The Final Bell" - composed by Bill Conti

Drum Corps International (DCI) - World Championships
Lucas Oil Stadium - Indianapolis, IN

**An extended version of "Against All Odds" also featuring "Alone In the Ring" & "Conquest", composed by Bill Conti will be released July 2019**

New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities Upworthy, Disability On The Mighty, Down Syndrome on The Mighty, Autism on The Mighty, The Uplift,

**Print Rights, Custom Arrangement Licenses, Performance Licenses & Synchronization Licenses have all been obtained from EMI Publishing through Tresona, for compositions "Fanfare For Rocky" & "The Final Bell" from the Rocky Score, composed by Bill Conti**

It’s talent show night!!!

It’s talent show night!!

Check out our live with our special guests.

We are one day out from the Fall Retreat!! We are still in need of 7 campers to be sponsored. $525 would cover all of them! Help make a difference and get these campers to the retreat! Either go to Venmo (Jamie-Koesema) Paypal (R4 Retreat Center) Or https://ecs.page.link/wwSr

Welcome to R[4] Retreat Center

Thank you for visiting our page. R[4] Retreat Center is a ministry whose purpose is to bless families affected by special needs through a unique retreat program for the entire family. Plans are in place for several events in North Texas in 2018 that we hope that you’ll be a part of. As R[4] grows, the vision is to build retreat centers around the country that will be open 365 days a year so that families can get away for either a structured retreat or to just come hang out as a family when we don’t have programming happening. Nature is an amazing place to just breathe and get rejuvenated.

The next event on the schedule is the Revive! Spring Break Retreat! This is a crazy cool, fun, exciting, spectacular event in which you can join other families like yours as we celebrate life together. The hope is that you will take this opportunity to get away and enjoy God’s creation as you find rest, restoration, renewal and rapha (healing). The goal is that you come way from our retreats encouraged, inspired and empowered as a family.

Stay tuned to our page as we announce many more new and exciting things over the course of the next several months. There are great things in store for the R[4] families, donors and volunteers alike!

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