Ministry Objectives

Respite Retreat's ministry objectives are five-fold:

1) To provide a safe, nurturing place for families in crisis to come in a serene, God-centered place so that they can receive Christian counseling and intensive one-on-one intervention by experts in the attachment field.

2) To offer week-long family-bonding camps and intensives to jump-start the bonding process and get families laughing and playing together, while providing the parents with critical training, tools, and techniques to help them continue the bonding when they return home.

3) To have a place of rest and peace that local families can come to for fun, laughter-filled bonding events.

4) To host training seminars by experts in the attachment field to equip and empower parents, teachers, pastors, therapists, and others in the community to forge strong partnerships to help raise up troubled children ... and specifically to train and provide apprenticeships for respite providers willing to serve needy families in their communities.

5) To harness the majesty of gentle-giant Clydesdale horses in equine bonding therapy and use them to teach that being "big and strong" does not mean being a bully, but rather being dignified and submissive out of mutual love, trust, loyalty, and respect ... in the hopes that the youth will learn to apply this reality with other humans, too.