Special Needs

We believe every individual is precious to God and made for a purpose. That’s why we seek to fully include individuals with special needs in our church family.

If you questions about serving and/or being part of the Special Needs Ministry, contact Alison Kelisek at akelisek@willowdalechapel.org for more information.

Serving Special Needs Families

This summer, there is a unique opportunity to serve families impacted by disabilities, including some of our Willowdale families. at Joni & Friends Family Retreat. If you are interested, below is more information about this opportunity or you can contact Alison Kelisek at akelisek@willowdalechapel.org.

Joni and Friends Family Retreat provides inclusive worship, biblical teaching, fun, age-appropriate activities, and meaningful connections with families who understand the challenges of life with disability. Situated in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, this historic Retreat is held every year on the campus of the Spruce Lake Retreat Center. Swimming, hiking, paddle boating, and singing around the campfire while enjoying s’mores are all favorites of the families who attend.

Here is a brief video that captures the heart of Family Retreat.

Click here for more information about being a volunteer at Family Retreat! This link will have the answers to many of the questions you’d ask and more!

We hold three retreats at Spruce Lake each year. The dates* for each are:

*Volunteers arrive one day sooner for training