At Deliver the Dream, our mission is clear and we devote our days to providing healing retreats that enable families living with serious illness or crisis to build bonds and form relationships with other families who are experiencing the same in order to regain strength in mind, spirit, and family… one retreat at a time.
Deliver the Dream retreats provide structured, therapeutic, fun activities for families experiencing a serious illness or crisis. Each individual retreat is geared toward a specific illness or crisis so that families can lean on and build a support network. Families can be referred by a network or by a non-profit healthcare organization, however, we do accept applications from those self-referred. Our weekend retreats are a three-day, two-night experience in South Florida. There is absolutely no charge to our families who attend.
During a retreat, families will participate in a variety of recreational activities, discussion groups, interactive experiences, creative workshops, teambuilding exercises, and more. All activities are designed to help transform coping skills, improve communication, and strengthen the bonds of family. Deliver the Dream also helps to provide each family with resources and an opportunity to build relationships with other families dealing with a similar illness or crisis, building a support network.
Each retreat is offered at one of our unique venues in South Florida. Each location is full of natural beauty, creating the perfect rustic setting for a therapeutic retreat. Upon arrival, families are paired up with Family Pals – an amazing Deliver the Dream volunteer who acts as a guide for each individual family throughout the retreat weekend. All of our Deliver the Dream volunteers are at least 18 years of age and are fully vetted. Volunteers then go through an intensive multi-day training program before volunteering in any of our programs.
If you or somebody you know is trying to cope with a serious illness or crisis in their family… please contact us today and complete our online application.
In January, we kicked off 2019 with our 175th retreat for families. The Down Syndrome retreat was held at the FFA Leadership Training Center in Haines City, Florida. It is always our very first retreat of the year with some of our most loving and affectionate families in attendance. It is the perfect way to start out the new year!
Our retreat for families who have a child with Epilepsy was held at the FFA Leadership Training Center in Haines City, Florida the weekend of February 8th, 2019. This retreat was funded with support from donors like you and a corporate sponsorship by Eisai. The weekend included representatives from the Epilepsy Service Foundation in attendance.
The Deliver the Dream retreat for families who have experienced the Death of a Loved One will be held the weekend of March 29th, 2019 at the FFA Leadership Training Center in Haines City, Florida. It is Deliver the Dream’s 177th family retreat! We believe that everyone needs a little bit of support while coping with the death of a loved one. This retreat allows kids to be kids and families to become whole once again.
Do you know a family who has a child suffering from Spina Bifida or Cerebral Palsy? If so, we are currently taking applications for this very special retreat. The retreat will take place the weekend of May 17th, 2019 at the FFA Leadership Training Center in Haines City, Florida. It is great to bring these families together for a weekend of games and activities adapted to allow all of our participants to join in on the fun! To add to the excitement of this retreat, we will have a videographer in attendance to capture all of the special moments.
Our retreat for families who have a child with Cancer will be held at the FFA Leadership Training Center in Haines City, Florida the weekend of June 7th, 2019. This special weekend made possible by Aetna is also supported by Aetna volunteers the entire duration of the retreat. We look forward to this partnership each year and so do our families!
Our 180th retreat will take place the weekend of August 23rd, 2019 at the Cerveny Conference Center in Live Oak, Florida. This retreat is for families who have a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or a related Disability. We feel fortunate to be able to create a safe and comfortable environment adapted for a weekend of family fun for all participants in attendance.
Join us at the Fountains Resort in Orlando, Florida for our retreat for families who have a child with a Genetic Syndrome. This retreat is funded by Program Partner Bluegreen Vacations. Our dedicated volunteers and families will be joined by volunteers from Bluegreen Vacations for a weekend of family fun and adapted activities. This retreat will take place the weekend of September 13th, 2019 and is open to families who have a child with a Craniofacial Condition, Down Syndrome, Turner Syndrome, or any other related condition.
The 182nd Deliver the Dream retreat will take place the weekend of October 18th, 2019 at the FFA Leadership Training Center in Haines City, Florida. This retreat will provide an opportunity for participants to create bonds with other families, incorporate a healthy self-image, and offer therapeutic discussions for both LGBTQ+ youth and parents. This is only our second year providing this very special retreat and we couldn’t be more excited!
The final retreat of our year will take place the weekend of November 1st, 2019 at the FFA Leadership Training Center in Haines City, Florida. This retreat is curated especially for families coping with a parent or child suffering from Cancer. Deliver the Dream volunteers will ensure that our 183rd retreat is one for the record books! If you know a family trying to cope with a parent or child suffering from Cancer, please contact us. Apply online today!