Barren Heights Retreat
9407 Westport Road
Suite 116-138
Louisville KY 40241
Contact Information
Nonprofit Barren Heights Retreat
Address 9407 Westport Road
Suite 116-138
Louisville, KY 40241
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 be a part of it. Please consider partnering with us in serving these special families
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2004
Financial Summary
Mission Statement
Our Mission
Our mission is simply to love and encourage families. We do this primarily by providing free mini-vacation style weekend retreats and hosting community outreach events for families with physically or developmentally disabled children!
Our Vision
Our 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. 
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 have 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 founder’s home to the new center. We hosted 20 retreats for approximately 100 families and 500 individuals. We hired our second part -time employee to coordinate Community Center events. We developed 7 operational committees with volunteer team leaders.

2016: We added 4 new staff members to our team to assist with ministry operations, information technology, and fundraising development. We implemented new Community Center programming. We updated our data management processes to web based programming with automation. We created a volunteer information survey to better foster volunteer opportunities and outreach.

Goals: We are aiming to fully take advantage of our data processing systems vast capabilities so that all our operations are run out of outlook and Salesforce. We are working towards self-sufficiency.We are working towards implementing a development plan to also assist with sustainability.

Needs Statement
Retreat Center Needs
  • Funds for Retreat Center security system.
  • Paved sidewalk around perimeter of retreat grounds.
  • "Wasteland" nature upgrade
  • Sustaining Partners
Volunteers to fill various Ministry Team Roles
Corporate Sponsorship of Community Center events.
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 verses one time at the Barren Heights Retreat.


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
Throughout the United States
Most of our visitors come from Southeast and Midwest United States
Board Chair
Board Chair Andy Burdsall
Company Affiliation Riverbend Financial
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Board Members
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
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
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
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
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)
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
Our Specialty Retreats run through the winter off season months, giving 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

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
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
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$125,850$118,122$138,546
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$122,430$62,734$81,045
Revenue In-Kind------
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 9407 Westport Road
Suite 116-138
Louisville, KY 40241
Primary Phone 502 327 9495
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Toni Rose
Board Chair Andy Burdsall
Board Chair Company Affiliation Riverbend Financial