is a volunteer Christian group open to people of all faiths and
whose mission is to enhance the spiritual and social lives of
everyone who participates. HEC provides disabled individuals
the opportunity to enjoy community experiences in a facility that is
completely accessible. We have two retreats a year, a Christmas
party, and a summer picnic.
OUR weekend retreats provide an opportunity for people to
share their life experiences with each other and to grow in spirit
and confidence to face the challenges of daily life. These weekends
form the foundation of our HEC family and fuel the supportive
network we maintain throughout the year.
HEC believes in a
“we are all equal” philosophy and includes all participants
as speakers, planners, and facilitators. At the retreats each
disabled participant is buddied with an able-bodied participant so
that we become hands, legs, sight, voices, and ears for each other.
The weekend retreat provides an opportunity for
realize their gifts and to share them more fully with others. We are
all part of Christ’s family and come together as one for healing and
The retreat program is a combination of talks, discussions,
reflection time, social fun, and a liturgy. All the activities
promote a better sense of who we are and how God figures into our
HEC events provide an opportunity for family to become
involved in our activities filled laughter, fun and smiles.
Our retreats are held at Short Journey Retreat Center in Smithfield.
This facility is fully accessible and air conditioned. We also
provide transportation assistance to the best of our ability.
We are always looking for new people to participate. If you
are 18 years old or older and desire to try a rich, spirit filled
experience, come on a HEC retreat. It is an experience that
you will treasure for many years.