We provide opportunities and retreats for families with special needs.
Wellness GIFTS, Inc. offers camping retreats to families who have a family member with developmental disabilities, living at home with their parents or caregivers. Our families enjoy a weekend camping resort experience in a safe family-friendly atmosphere. Unlike many other camp programs, whose focus is primarily on the family member with a disability, GIFTS focuses 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.
Day and overnight 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.
Virtual events will be held monthly during the off-season. Registration must include 5 families from our service region in order to prevent cancelation. All registrations must be received by the 2nd Tuesday of the month in order to send out activity boxes on time! Registration fees apply to out-of-region participants.
upcoming 2021 events
June 18-20, 2021 at Hammondsport-Bath KOA (formerly Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort, located in Bath, NY). This is the only scheduled overnight retreat planned for the summer at this time. The schedule will be similar to past years.
July 10, 2021 at Rochester Rotary Sunshine Campus (located in Rush, NY). This is a full day on Saturday, which will include the activities that were done on Saturdays in the past. This campground is handicap accessible. Lodging may be explored at a later date, but is currently unavailable due to COVID restrictions.
August 7, 2021 at Camp Whitman on Seneca Lake (located in Penn Yan, NY). This is a full day on Saturday, which will include many activities that were done on Saturdays in the past, but also may include lakeside activities.
September 2021 is being explored as a potential 4th retreat date.