These girls and their leaders loved their time in the Canyon so much that they have already confirmed a second retreat in 2018.
The YoungLives retreat is one of a new and growing breed of Partnership Retreats at LLFC—fresh opportunities to work closely with Texas organizations focused on under-resourced or under-served children and families. Family Camp director Cary Hendricks says the goal with Partnership Retreats is “to find people doing great work and ask, ‘How can we help?’”
Four Partnership Retreats were held in 2017 with more in the works for 2018. (You may recall earlier Echoes stories on a collaboration between Good Samaritan Community Services and Family Services of San Antonio or San Angelo’s House of Faith working with Parent University.) LLFC also partnered with SAMMinistries, a San Antonio-based nonprofit that helps families experiencing (or at risk for) homelessness.
Family Camp staff members have been hard at work developing these and similar partnerships while deepening their relationships with long-time alumni and gearing up for a wonderful summer season. They’re fostering a partnering relationship with an Austin organization and recently received a grant to pilot work with parents and children in Kerrville.
Altogether, LLFC welcomed 2,625 campers in 2017 over dozens of retreats. As Cary summed up their efforts, “We are just grateful we get to help as these people want to grow deeper with their families.”