PROGRAMS & STATISTICS
YOUR 2021 IMPACT
B a r r e n H e i g h t s
• b a r r e n h e i g h t s . o r g • 2 0 2 1 A n n u a l R e p o r t
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is simply to 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.
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.
At Barren Heights, we value:
honoring and glorifying God
with our service
keeping our actions above
doing all things in love
being wise stewards of God's
striving for excellence
bathing our mission in prayer
keeping God's Word as our
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Our Community Center plays a vital role in creating more
compassionate communities as it provides a safe gathering
place for families who have children with disabilities. All of
our events are a combination of support, respite, and
inclusion. We host family, women’s, men’s, marriage,
and sibling events approximately twice a month
around the Louisville area. All of our events are
free, volunteer-driven, and focus on families
Having a child with disabilities can be very
isolating and often brings unique relational,
financial, and emotional strains. We provide
an opportunity for these families to relax and
refresh at a facility with their needs in mind.
Family Retreats run every weekend from June
through October. We are unique because we
serve the entire family, all of our services are
free, and we welcome all disabilities.
Families in US
Of the affected families,
30% fall below
the poverty line
1 in 3
single mothers report
having a child with
Families affected by
19% less likely
to attend a church
I loved feeling that my kids were safe
and having fun in whatever space and
activity they were enjoying. With three
kids, I sometimes feel stretched too thin
and like there's not enough "ME" to go
around. We had so much support! And
the kids were happy to have other adults
and "big kids" to play with them, pull
them around in the wagon, carry their
food to the table, and so much more.
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We are committed to sharing our
financial status and planning with
full truth and transparency. The
following numbers and reports
are for your review.
Total Number of Donations
Total Number of Donors
Monthly Donations &
Percent of Income by Source
2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
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Our 2021 focal point was to make
organizational decisions with the needs
and safety of our families as the top
priority! By hosting both virtual and inperson
events, our hope was to provide a
sense of community no matter their
situation. After a year off from hosting $400,000
our family retreats, we were more
determined than ever to resume, even if$300,000
retreats looked slightly different than
they ordinarily would. With more grants
and support from family foundations, we
were able to expand and improve our
splash pad area and provide more
outside space for our special families to
play and gather together in community. $0
FY2021 Balance Sheet
$433,418 Total Revenue
Net Assets - End of Year
2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
2021 Monthly Income vs Expenses
JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
From the very moment we arrived,
we felt welcomed! The volunteers
took our bags to the cabin, the kids
came to meet our children, and we
got settled in quickly. The entire
weekend, our hosts constantly
took our kids to play, made sure
we had time alone, took care of
food/snacks/cleaning, and made
sure we had everything we needed.
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FAMILIES SERVING FAMILIES
Over the years we have served...
families from 23 different states
Thank you to each of our 437 donors who
invested in our mission and created more
compassionate communities in 2021.
Because of your generosity, we hosted 16
weekend Getaways and 22 community
center events, impacting 998 individuals.
Overall, 365 families who have children
with disabilities were served in 2021.
Additionally, 234 volunteers joined in our
mission to make each guest feel loved,
accepted, welcomed, and safe.
Barren Heights has chosen not to
measure our impact by just systems
and numbers, but by the individual life
transformation and growth we see in
each of our guests. We have realized a
great degree of success by meeting
people right where they are. Lives are
being changed one child, one family,
one story at a time.
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We hosted 22 total
online and in-person
We hosted 16 weekend
getaways, serving a
total of 165 guests.
We enjoyed our first
season of fun with our
newly expanded splash
pad and rubber pavement.
We increased the inclusivity
of our playground through
the addition of shaded
We welcomed two
additional staff to the
Barren Heights team.
The volunteers took the time to listen to
every concern we had in keeping our
child safe. They developed plans before
we even got there to make sure she was
protected! Beyond that, they went above
and beyond to help her feel comfortable
so we could take some time to ourselves.
Even in short bursts, she was comfortable
with us leaving her with people she’d met
less than 24 hours prior, and that was a
huge step for all of us! All of it because of
the amazing volunteers!
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2022 AND BEYOND
2022 will be a year of growth. After a year of
modified retreats, we will strive to open our
retreat center at full capacity. We will also:
implement new strategies for
volunteer recruitment and training
through expanding our geographical
outreach and creating new partnerships.
intentionally support and provide
respite for caregivers in our community.
renew our focus on providing programs
and services for special needs families.
launch a capital campaign to build a
new multipurpose building at the retreat
center with a spacious, indoor play
space, a sensory room, and new
Beyond 2022, we envision breaking ground
on the multipurpose building. In building
this new space and increasing our volunteer
families, we hope to provide more offseason
programming at the retreat center.
Additionally, we see the community center
expanding its programs in both the number
of events hosted and growing outside the
Louisville area through church, business,
and organizational partnerships.
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Erica Brieschke - President
Mindy Terrell - Vice President
Lyndsey Bell - Secretary
Chris Cunningham - Treasurer
Fritz Busch • Karen Rogers
Tim Hill • Courtney Wittsell
Larissa Jerke • Doug Wood
ABOUT BARREN HEIGHTS
Say Parents Guest What
Barren Heights is special to me
because nobody gives up. They
honestly want to love on my family.
Parents of special needs kids often
get left behind. I felt such a sense of
belonging and purpose at our retreat.
Barren Heights shows our kids that
everyone should be accepted no
matter the need or circumstance.
They practice what they preach.
11420 Watterson Ct #800
Louisville, KY 40299