“Our vision when we created the Robert V. and Benjamin G. Miller Fund was to honor our sons by developing camp experiences that turn life into living for adults with disabilities,”
The session will include fishing, campfire roasts, swimming, a talent show, and more.
“Many of our campers have never flown a kite, held a fishing rod, danced on stage, or won an award in their lives,” says Jesi Cason, camp counselor and skills trainer at Goodwill. “At camp, everyone gets a chance to create unforgettable experiences and make lifelong friendships with people who understand what it is like to have a disability.”
The Trailways Camp mission is to remove the social isolation often felt by people with disabilities by providing opportunities for fun, friends and support. Through outdoor activities, group exercises, crafts, and more, campers have the opportunity to develop recreational skills and build relationships.
“An act as simple as sitting down for a meal with friends, or roasting marshmallows over a campfire can, and has, changed lives for people who otherwise would not have the opportunity,”
For more information regarding Trailways Camp visit www.goodwillswfl.org/
About The Robert V. & Benjamin G. Miller Fund
Sharon and Jerry Miller started a Donor Advised Fund in Central Texas after their son Robert passed away in late 2005 from complications stemming from a rare neonatal disorder. Robert and his brother Ben both enjoyed camp experiences as children and young adults in Michigan. More and more the Miller’s observed the social isolation and barriers to relationships that developed as children with special needs passed through school experiences, became adults, and their families aged. The Millers reside in West Rocks in Sanibel. They have funded and led development of camps for adults with special needs since 2007. In 2011 they established The Robert V. and Benjamin G. Miller Fund at the SW Florida Community Foundation, and created an Advisory Group that has led local design and development of Trailways Camps. More information about the Fund and the SW Florida Community Foundation, a second key partner which administers the Fund, can be obtained by contacting Sarah Owen, Executive Director, at (239)274-5900.
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. is committed to helping people with disabilities and disadvantages by providing opportunities to independence and employment in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades Counties. In 2012, more than 30,000 Southwest Floridians received assistance from Goodwill, ranging from Job-Link services to disability-accessible housing, the Goodwill L.I.F.E. Academy charter school for students with developmental disabilities, career guidance and mentoring programs for teens, and the SWFL MicroEnterprise project, a small business education program. To learn more about Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, please visit the agency’s website at www.goodwillswfl.org.