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.
SUMMER 2024 events
All retreats will be overnight and at Hickory Hill Camping Resort, located in Bath, NY. *Cabins have a limited availability.
May 31–June 2, 2024
August 23–25, 2024
Registration is OPEN!
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 2024 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.
The application fee is non-refundable unless Wellness GIFTS cancels the retreat or the family is not accepted into the retreat. You can pay your application fee online or by check. If paying by check, make check payable to Pathways, Inc. and mail to: Pathways, Inc. – Wellness GIFTS, 33 Denison Parkway West, Corning, NY 14830.
Having trouble with the $150 Application Fee? Call us to talk about options,
(607) 937-4502. With the exception of the Application fee, everything else is reimbursable!
Join us in 2024 for a Renaissance Faire!
By Royal Decree, all Fair Ladies and Noble Knights are invited to join Wellness GIFTS for a Medieval good time.
Wizards, Falconers & Artists
Caregivers and program participants will be amazed by the wizarding styles of Mike Stanley. This year, there will be fun activities for all Saturday morning followed by a magic show for kids/youth, while the caregivers attend their group meetings.
Saturday, Morgan Eagle Falconry will give program participants an opportunity to learn about the ancient and regal sport of Falconry and Birds of Prey. The sport of Falconry is practiced by both King and commoner alike and is still alive and well in our modern times.
Mr. Wally will delight everyone throughout the day on Saturday with his AMAZING balloon art.
An Information Faire will be held both Saturdays (June 1 and August 24) at this year’s retreats.
We would like to thank the agencies that have already agreed to participate:
- Pathways, Inc.
- Person Centered Services
- Prime Care
- NY Able
- Presence Developmental
- Access VR
- Together Including Every Student (TIES)
If you are an organization that would like to participate in this year’s Information Faire, please email us at email@example.com