Deliver the Dream retreats provide structured, therapeutic, fun activities for families experiencing a serious illness or crisis. Families are referred by a network of healthcare organizations throughout the state of Florida, but can also be self-referred. Retreats are a three-day, two-night weekend experience and there is no charge to the families who attend.
During a retreat, families participate in a variety of therapeutic recreational indoor, and outdoor activities, discussion groups, interactive games, creative workshops, team-building exercises, and more. All activities are designed to help transform coping skills, improve communication, and strengthen the bonds within the family. They also help provide each family with resources and an opportunity to network and build relationships with other families dealing a with similar illness or crisis.
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Each retreat is offered at one of our unique venues, which are miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and offer hotel-like rooms for families. Each location is rustic and peaceful where natural beauty creates the perfect atmosphere for a fun-filled and relaxing retreat.
Most retreat activities include the entire family, but there are times when a family will be combined into groups based on age and the illness or crisis affecting them. When there is a “parents only” activity, the children will be with one of our family pals – an amazing Deliver the Dream volunteer who also acts as a guide throughout the retreat. All of our volunteers are at least 18 years of age and are background checked then screened and trained by our staff before volunteering for any of our programs.
Every retreat beings on Friday at 11:30 am and ends on Sunday at 1:30 pm. Retreats are limited to 15 families and each family must commit to attending the entire weekend. There is no charge for lodging, activities, or meals, however, families must provide their own transportation to and from the retreat. If you are interested in applying for a retreat, please complete either the online application or download a copy and submit the application by email or fax.