R 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 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 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.
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This is absolutely wonderful!! ❤️❤️❤️
@MikeRowe and the crew zoom over to Colorado to meet Danny Combs, a third generation tradesman who became inspired by his autistic son to start TACT - Teaching the Autism Community Trades: the first and only trade program in the entire country developed exclusively for individuals with autism
HEY YOU GUYS!!! We’re back! It’s been a good long while since we have posted anything. So, we thought it was finally time to come back at ya with a LIVE letting you know what’s been going on with our family this year and where we plan to go with R4 in the future! We’d love for you to join us!
Stop by our page later today at 1:00pm CST.
If you can’t be there live, make sure to catch the replay when you can. We miss you guys and can’t wait to get reconnected with you again!
This. Parents....you are not alone. We feel this with you and love you! ❤️❤️❤️
I had a nervous breakdown in IKEA today. This story is about a boy and a clock. #specialneedsparenting #autism
We love Andrew! #youmakemyheartsmile
I met Andrew a few months ago while I was food shopping. He bagged my groceries and I noticed that he managed to brighten every single person’s day who came in contact with him. So I asked to do a segment on him and here it is! PIX 11
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.
📷 Holland Elwell
Single Parents Of Children With Autism
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 ❤️
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....
YES!!!! Let’s ALL be cool.
This is AWESOME!!!
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!
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.
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.
This is so special!!! #compassion #inclusion
A student with autism receives his diploma in silence. Keep watching to find out why. #AlohaKekahiIKekahi
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 🎉❤️
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
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."
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
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.
Thank you for visiting our page. R 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 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 families, donors and volunteers alike!
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