Barren Heights Retreat
11420 Watterson Court #800
Louisville KY 40299
Contact Information
Nonprofit Barren Heights Retreat
Address 11420 Watterson Court #800
Louisville, KY 40299
Phone (502) 327 9495
Contact Name Toni Rose
Web and Social Media
Our mission is simple – to create more compassionate communities by LOVING and ENCOURAGING families who have children with disabilities. Barren Heights is a safe and welcoming place, a place of fellowship and fun, and a place where God’s presence is evident. We hope that through this video you will come to understand more of who we are and desire to join the Barren Heights Community. Please consider partnering with us in serving these special families.
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2004
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Statements
Mission Statement
 
Our Mission:
To simply love and encourage families. We do this primarily by providing free weekend retreats and hosting community outreach events for families who have children with physical or developmental disabilities.
 
 
Our Vision:
To create more compassionate communities through families serving families with the love of Christ and led by the Holy Spirit to further the Kingdom of God. 
 
 
Our Core Values:
We will honor and glorify God with our service. Our actions will be above reproach. We will do all things in love. We will be wise stewards of God’s provisions. We will strive for excellence. We will bathe our mission in prayer. Our foundation is God’s word. 
 
 
 
Background Statement
 
Barren Heights was founded in 2004 by Joe and Toni Rose.  After being involved in a serious car accident, the couple began to re-evaluate life and their priorities.  While attending a Bible Study focused on "A Purpose Driven Life"  the Roses agreed that they were good at throwing parties at the lake and wondered if they could do that in a manner that would show love for God and for others.  Through a strange set of circumstances they were able to purchase 30 acres of Allen County farmland.  One morning as Joe was hunting on this farmland, he realized that the beauty of that setting should be shared with others.  Thus the vision was born.  The Roses loved throwing parties at the lake, but now they would host others.  After working with a builder it was agreed that the facilities would be ADA compliant and that the outreach would focus on families dealing with the unique struggles associated with disabled children.  The Rose's 10-year development plan quickly gave way to God's 10-month plan, and about a year later the Barren Heights Community was born. Visitors to Barren Heights are often surprised to learn that the Roses had no close friends or relatives dealing with disability.  They are left to ask why then?  Which opens the door to share our faith.  We love others because we are loved by Christ.
 

17 “The poor and needy search for water,

but there is none;

their tongues are parched with thirst.

But I the Lord will answer them;

I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.

18 I will make rivers flow on BARREN HEIGHTS,

and springs within the valleys.

I will turn the desert into pools of water,

and the parched ground into springs.

19 I will put in the desert

the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive.

I will set junipers in the wasteland,

the fir and the cypress together,

20 so that people may see and know,

may consider and understand,

that the hand of the Lord has done this,

that the Holy One of Israel has created it.

Isaiah 41:17-20

 
 
Impact Statement

 

2015: We opened the Barren Heights Community Center in Louisville, Kentucky, and moved the administration office from the founders’ home to the new center. We hosted 20 family retreats for approximately 100 households and 500 individuals. We hired our second part-time employee to coordinate Community Center events. We developed seven operational committees with volunteer team leaders.

2016: We increased our team to 4 part-time staff members to assist with ministry operations, information technology, fundraising development, and more. We updated our volunteer curriculum with detailed mission and resource guide booklets. We implemented new Community Center programming. We updated our data management processes to web based programming. We developed a formal marketing and branding plan with professional imagery, material, and communications. We created a volunteer information survey to better foster volunteer opportunities and outreach. We hosted our 11th annual benefit dinner and silent auction with record attendance and record results.

2017 and Beyond: We want Barren Heights to continue to change lives long into the future. To do that, we are aggressively working towards becoming a self-sustaining, board driven organization. To keep progressing towards our goal, we need to focus on several areas. We are aiming to better integrate technology by fully taking advantage of Salesforce’s vast data management capabilities. We will continue standardizing all operations, strategies, and procedures. We are working towards implementing a comprehensive fundraising and development plan. We need to diversify our funding streams by not relying solely on our annual benefit dinner and expanding our major gifts revenue. We are seeking to grow our volunteer pool with comprehensive volunteer training and development. Barren Heights is in an exciting season of growth, impact, and development as we have transitioned from a small, grass roots, founder driven organization to an established, multi-site, staffed and rooted, flourishing charity.
 
 
Needs Statement
 
Volunteers to fill various Ministry Team Roles
 
Corporate Sponsorship of Community Center events.
 
Retreat Center Needs
  • Funds for Retreat Center security system.
  • Paved sidewalk around perimeter of retreat grounds.
  • "Wasteland" nature upgrade
  • Sustaining Partners
 
 
 
CEO/Executive Director Statement

 

Located near Barren River Lake in south central Kentucky, Barren Heights Christian Retreat Center was built for the primary purpose of hosting mini-vacation style retreats for families who have one or more children with a physical or developmental disability. The retreats are free for qualified families.

People have asked us why we built this place, and that is a fair question. To put it simply, we saw a need and wanted to do what we could to fill it.  We have no hidden agenda, and simply want special needs families to  take advantage of this opportunity to relax, refresh and rejuvenate.

The impact and popularity of the weekend retreats led to the opening of the new Barren Heights Community Center in Louisville. 

We have only begun to scratch the surface on the impact and potential that the new center brings forth, as we now have the capability to serve special needs families 365 days a year versus one time at the Barren Heights Retreat.

 
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Blessings,

Toni Rose

Executive Director

Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Family Services
Tertiary Organization Category Human Services / Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
Geographic Areas Served
Areas
Throughout the United States
Most of our visitors come from Southeast and Midwest United States
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact.

There is an old African proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.” According to the 2010 Census, there are 54 million families affected by disability in the United States. Many of them feel alone in their fight against the overwhelming struggles of daily life. As one of the most overlooked groups of people, there are very few places where these families feel loved, accepted, welcomed, and safe.

Barren Heights’ vision is to create more compassionate communities through families serving families with the love of Christ and led by the Holy Spirit to further the Kingdom of God. Together, we strive to be the hands and feet of Christ for these families so they know they are never alone. We accomplish this mainly by providing free weekend retreats, and community outreach events and ministry programs for families who have children with physical or developmental disabilities. While we are a faith based organization, we do not discriminate families on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age.

Our greatest desire can be summed up in Isaiah 41:18-20 (emphasis in bold added):

I will make rivers flow on barren heights,
and springs within the valleys.
I will turn the desert into pools of water,
and the parched ground into springs.
19 I will put in the desert
the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive.
I will set junipers in the wasteland,
the fir and the cypress together,
20 so that people may see and know,
may consider and understand,
that the hand of the Lord has done this,
that the Holy One of Israel has created it.

 
 
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals?

Our 2017 focus is Community and Infrastructure Development within the scope of the following:

1. We will continue to place emphasis on the activities that we do BEST.

· Love and encourage families through families

· Small group gatherings, blending those with and without special needs

· Occasional large group family fun social events

2. Given current political and financial landscape, we will work to pay off our leftover remaining Community Center building debt. We will focus on fine tuning and stabilizing verses expanding programs and facilities.

3. For sustainability, we will continue to integrate volunteer resources but place more dependence on staff and paid contractors.

4. We will work towards eliminating any dependence on the founding family by 2019. This will be accomplished through increasing fundraising efforts, improving utilization of Salesforce (cloud based CRM) and technology, and transitioning from founder-led to board-led.

 
 
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals?

Over the past several years, we have grown and diversified our staff to ensure the capacity, skills, and expertise required to achieve our goals. Our qualified leaders have many God-given talents and are passionate and driven in their quest to carry out the mission, vision, and strategies of Barren Heights. We seek out best practices within our industry to learn how other similar organizations are achieving their goals. We also rely on a strong network within our community to assist us in the specialized areas that are crucial to reaching our objectives. Support from our generous volunteer community goes a long way in helping us both maintain and evolve our programs to support families that have children with disabilities.

 
 
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact?

In addition to individual life transformation, we monitor our progress in three ways:

· Feedback forms

· Growth

· Annual staff and board evaluations

Feedback from both guests and volunteers is instrumental in our progress because it shows where we can improve in terms of processes, programs, facilities, and more. We continue to see positive feedback, and strive to quickly and effectively fix the unsatisfactory areas. Examples of feedback adjustments involve modifying our application process to be simple and more user friendly, improving both our Retreat Center and volunteer programming in terms of spiritual content and recreational content, and adjusting facilities so that they remain accessible and welcoming to children of all abilities. Completed facility improvements include an enclosed picnic pavilion, an ADA compliant playground and splash pad, paved sidewalks replacing gravel paths, and a new disability friendly barn.

Through the years Barren Heights’ progress and growth have come hand in hand. Beginning with 9 retreats and multiplying to more than 20 a year, Barren Heights reaches families throughout the entire Midwest and South regions of the United States. 70% of our new visitors come as a result of a personal referral. Even more than the growth in the number of individuals reached, we love to see a growth in families and volunteers retained. The Community Center has provided a great way for families to remain connected. 90% of our volunteers return to serve again. Approximately 75% of our guests come back to more Community Center events after their first visit. After a year of Community Center operations, we have seen our numbers grow from 4-5 attending the men’s ministry and women’s ministry events, to 20-30 regular attendees. Our family fun social events have continued to flourish, with attendance increasing 50% over the course of the year. Additionally, our facility growth has been just as astounding as our growth in numbers. We have added housing at the Retreat Center to better accommodate volunteers; we have constructed new buildings and blazed new trails, and most recently we increased our outreach to include the Louisville Community Center.

The increase in facilities and numbers has produced progress in countless other areas. Since 2014, our staff has expanded from 1 intern working out of the founders’ home, to 4 staff members working out of the offices in the Community Center. Our annual Benefit Dinner Gala has seen a 160% increase in funds raised over the past 4 years alone. We always strive for continued growth and to not remain stagnant in our ministry.

Our annual staff and board evaluations have produced detailed strategic and fundraising plans, several volunteer committees to spearhead specialized tasks, and more professional day to day ministry operations.

 
 
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?

From the beginning, those involved at Barren Heights have worked hard to see their God-given vision realized. Following is a timeline of significant accomplishments:

2004: Ground is broken for the new Barren Heights Retreat Center in Scottsville, Kentucky.

2005: A formal board is established. We hosted our first retreat, and successfully concluded the first summer retreat season after 9 free family enrichment weekends.

2008: Many facility and process improvements made including operations manuals, paved paths, enclosed picnic pavilion, paved walkways, and a beautiful, restful gazebo.

2010: Barren Heights was named as a finalist for the Community Impact Awards of Southern Kentucky and founder Toni Rose was honored with The Louisville Bell Award for outstanding volunteer service.

2013. We hired our first intern to assist with the expanding operational demands. We concluded our capital campaign by opening the “New Barn” at the Retreat Center to provide disability friendly Barn Church services, laundry facilities, housing for volunteer leader families, capabilities for men’s, women’s, and couples winter retreats, storage, and a safe storm/tornado shelter.

2015: We opened the Barren Heights Community Center in Louisville, Kentucky, and moved the administration office from the founders’ home to the new center. We hosted 20 family retreats for approximately 100 households and 500 individuals. We hired our second part-time employee to coordinate Community Center events. We developed seven operational committees with volunteer team leaders.

2016: We increased our team to 4 part-time staff members to assist with ministry operations, information technology, fundraising development, and more. We updated our volunteer curriculum with detailed mission and resource guide booklets. We implemented new Community Center programming. We updated our data management processes to web based programming. We developed a formal marketing and branding plan with professional imagery, material, and communications. We created a volunteer information survey to better foster volunteer opportunities and outreach. We hosted our 11th annual benefit dinner and silent auction with record attendance and record results.

2017 and Beyond: We want Barren Heights to continue to change lives long into the future. To do that, we are aggressively working towards becoming a self-sustaining, board driven organization. To keep progressing towards our goal, we need to focus on several areas. We are aiming to better integrate technology by fully taking advantage of Salesforce’s vast data management capabilities. We will continue standardizing all operations, strategies, and procedures. We are working towards implementing a comprehensive fundraising and development plan. We need to diversify our funding streams by not relying solely on our annual benefit dinner and expanding our major gifts revenue. We are seeking to grow our volunteer pool with comprehensive volunteer training and development. Barren Heights is in an exciting season of growth, impact, and development as we have transitioned from a small, grass roots, founder driven organization to an established, multi-site, staffed and rooted, flourishing charity.

 
 
Board Chair
Board Chair Andy Burdsall
Company Affiliation Riverbend Financial
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Brian Black Norton HealthcareVoting
Dana Blayney Community VolunteerVoting
Andy Burdsall Riverbend FinancialVoting
Chris Cunningham Cunningham Door & WindowVoting
Darren Foote InformaticaVoting
Kathy Lesmeister University of Louisville Medical - RetiredVoting
Kevin Porter Healthcare FirstVoting
Bill Reynolds Element 502Voting
Joseph Rose Atmos Energy MarketingVoting
Craig Thomas FDICVoting
Stuart Wilson Louisville Gas & ElectricVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mrs. Toni Rose
Term Start Jan 2004
Email toni.rose@barrenheights.org
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 4
Volunteers 400
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 0%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Description
We have tremendous respect for parents and caretakers of children with disabilities – they are often physically taxed and emotionally drained in unique ways. We seek to encourage and rejuvenate these families through FREE weekend retreats and through community outreach events. All of our events are volunteer driven as we seek to be an organization that is primarily families serving families. 
 
 
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, Families, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Description
We simply want special needs families to have the opportunity to relax, refresh, and rejuvenate with a weekend getaway at a facility with their needs in mind. Our Family Retreats run Friday through Sunday from June through October with volunteer host families serving the guest families.  This memorable experience includes scheduled group activities as well as plenty of free time. Favorite activities include boating, bonfires, Barn Church, archery, water balloon launch, tractor rides, splash pad, board games, puzzles, basketball, nine-square, ping-pong, tennis, frisbee golf, and more. 
  • 19 retreats each season
  • Served over 900 families since 2006
  • Over 4500 individiuals impacted
  • Hosted guests from 12 different states
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Families
Description
Winter and Spring specialty retreats give men, women, and couples the chance to grow and be encouraged by others walking the same path. 
  • Men's Retreats: This 4 day weekend adventure inspires and refreshes men as they discover how to live a renewed life with a God-given passion. 
  • Marriage Retreats: This weekend getaway provides a nice blend of relaxation, rejuvenation, and romance, as couples learn about the integral relationship building blocks of Love and Respect. 
  • Mother/Daughter Retreats: This weekend getaway provides a chance to cultivate one of the most important relationships within a family while providing mothers and daughters the tools and Godly wisdom needed to thrive through the teen years. 
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, Families, Other Health/Disability
Description

In the fall of 2015, we officially opened our Community Center located in Louisville, Kentucky. At Barren Heights we desire to create more compassionate communities through love and encouragement. The Community Center plays a vital role in that process as it provides a safe gathering place for families who have children with disabilities. It is a place where our men’s and women’s ministries are flourishing as we focus on creating deep relationships as well as a place of fun, fellowship, and rejuvenation for families.

  • Bible Studies: We host weekly bible studies for men, women, and couples at our Community Center that bring GROWTH, HOPE, and ENCOURAGEMENT to every participant.
  • Events: We host men's, women's, couples, and family events that include activities such as nutrition counseling, mom's night out paint parties, disability Christmas and Easter parties, ice cream socials, movie nights, and Barn Church.  These events offer a safe place for volunteers and special needs families to connect with Jesus and with one another. 
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities, Families,
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Financials
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $236,781.00
Projected Expenses $236,781.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$125,850$118,122$138,546
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$2,311$2,300$300
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$122,430$62,734$81,045
Revenue In-Kind------
Other------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$129,548$137,745$140,906
Administration Expense------
Fundraising Expense----$13,011
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.931.401.43
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%6%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$343,301$217,947$144,835
Current Assets$162,478$185,712$130,634
Long-Term Liabilities$79,430----
Current Liabilities$1,548----
Total Net Assets$343,301$217,947$144,835
Form 990s
2015 990
2014 990
2013 990
2012 990
2011 990EZ
2010 990
2009 990
2008 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Registration Yes
Address 11420 Watterson Court #800
Louisville, KY 40299
Primary Phone 502 327 9495
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Toni Rose
Board Chair Andy Burdsall
Board Chair Company Affiliation Riverbend Financial