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We provide opportunities and retreats for families with special needs.
Wellness GIFTS, a program by Pathways, Inc., offers camping retreats to families who have a family member with developmental disabilities, living at home with their parents or other family members.* Our families enjoy a weekend camping resort experience in a safe family-friendly atmosphere. GIFTS retreats are unique because we focus on the entire family to take a holistic approach to strengthen families by offering education, respite, and networking opportunities. The connections and friends made during the family’s stay have a lasting positive influence when the family returns home. We understand that stronger families create stronger communities.
Our retreats are held in the Finger Lakes region in a family-friendly location to develop lasting relationships and support. Volunteer Assistants buddy with children to allow caregivers the opportunity to participate fully in activities.
*Must have established eligibility for OPWDD services.
upcoming 2023 events
All retreats will be overnight and at Hammondsport-Bath KOA (formerly Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort, located in Bath, NY). *Cabins have a limited availability. The schedule will be similar to past years.
June 9–11, 2023
July 28–30, 2023 (CANCELED)
August 25–27, 2023 (NEW DATES)
September 15–17, 2023
You can APPLY TODAY if you are in the Contract Region (Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, or Yates). Please review the 2023 Wellness In-Contract Information Sheet and then click the button below to get started!
If you are outside the Contract Region, please contact us at (607) 937-4502 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the Out of Contract Region Application.
*The earlier you get your application in, the better chance you’ll get your first pick for a cabin.
NEW for this year!!
Families will receive a $150 gift card at the end of the retreat (deposit must be paid in full)!
Want to pay for your application fee online? Pay Online, HERE!
If paying by check, make check payable to Pathways, Inc. and mail to: Pathways, Inc. – Wellness GIFTS, 33 Denison Parkway West, Corning, NY 14830
Come take a walk on the wild side!
This year’s theme will be Animal Adventure, featuring Bwana Jim (August & September Retreats) and Smart Snakes (June Retreat).
Mr. Wally Returns!
Mr. Wally returns this year with his AMAZING balloon art.
We can’t wait to see you this summer!