Youth Retreat Facilities

May 31, 2016

Phase I

Phase I of The Spirit Center has been created, implemented, and completed. This includes the feasibility study, architectural designs, engineering, and planning. The lead gift of $1M was secured and the Capital Campaign was placed in motion. The total amount raised in Phase I is $2,623,620 from 275 donors.

Phase II

Phase II is our current focus which includes raising the remaining $1.9M to include securing a $1M lead gift, writing the closing campaign grants, implementing a robust Capital Campaign structure, and building the two Dormitories, Dining & Activity Center, Meditation Areas , Nature Trails and Outdoor Activities.

Dining Hall & Activity Center – Phase II

The Dining Hall & Activity Center will provide a place for meals and activities. The multi-purpose space and two activity rooms will have a professionally designed and well equipped kitchen with a walk-in cooler and a walk-in freezer. The storage space in the kitchen will easily hold a week’s supply of groceries. Space will include 5,330 square feet with seating for 120 at round tables, or 200 in an auditorium style setting. An outdoor kitchen with a Bar-B-Q area will also be available.

Dormitories – Phase II

Two dormitories will provide accommodations for a total of 96 youth or adults in a safe and easy to monitor facility.

Meditation Areas and Nature Trails – Phase II

Located in a quiet yet accessible corner of the property, the meditation areas will provide retreatants and visitors with peaceful places for quiet contemplation and prayer. Walking trails will showcase the natural beauty of South Texas flora and fauna. Benches and gazebos will be located in various places.

Outdoor Activities – Phase II

Many outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy will be constructed with possibilities to include a swimming pool, volleyball court, ropes course, amphitheater, misting stations, gazebos, and more!