The History of Wellness G.I.F.T.S.
Wellness G.I.F.T.S. was started by Janet Opila-Lehman in 2001. With Janet’s vision of providing educational, social, therapeutic and respite activities for children with special needs and their family members, she successfully developed a program that addresses the need of the special needs community and is very proud of the organization’s continued growth and progress. Janet began the program with one retreat weekend annually and Wellness G.I.F.T.S has grown to serve families over four weekend events, one event for older children and three events for children of all ages. With the help of volunteers, sponsors and our host, Hammondsport-Bath KOA formerly known as Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort, Wellness G.I.F.T.S. is continuing to grow and help support families by providing recreation, respite and education in a safe and peaceful environment.