Currently the ministry, with the help of the transition battalion chaplain, organizes and hosts five types of outings-R&R weekends, Retreats, Day Events and Couples in Crisis. These events are held from September through May. We also continue to teach Card Making twice a month year round.
*R&R Weekend-Guests arrive in Fredericksburg Friday afternoon, check into their housing and meet for dinner and fellowship. They are provided with information about what’s going on in Fredericksburg and the surrounding area that weekend. Everyone receives “Goodie Bags” full of snacks, a devotional, tickets to the Nimitz Museum and Fritztown Cinema. Those staying at cabins also receive their breakfast items (only the hotels provide breakfast). Guests are on their own to do as they please until lunch and later, dinner at a church Saturday evening. Some guests attend local churches Sunday prior to returning home.
*Retreats-These are over a weekend also but more structured as the chaplain holds classes focused on recognizing potential problems and how to avoid them, communication, etc. All meals are provided during a retreat. In addition, there is usually entertainment Saturday evening and drawings for gifts. Sunday morning the chaplain holds an optional worship service.
*Day Events-A day event can be anything from a fishing tournament to a day at the spa or hiking Enchanted Rock. These events are designed to meet specific needs as they are identified, i.e., a spa day for care providers who need to be pampered for a change.
*Card Making-WWAN team members travel to the Warrior Family Support Center (WFSC) on the first and third Tuesday of each month and teach card making. A home made dessert is served by the team after class providing a good forum to build relationships with the warriors and/or spouses. Team members also pass home made cookies out to everyone in the WFSC.
*Couples in Crisis-There are times when a warrior or spouse is so stressed they are reaching their breaking point. When the Command or Chaplain recognizes this situation and counseling, etc. have not helped they call WWAN, explain the situation and the Ministry arranges an expense paid weekend getaway in Fredericksburg. This allows the couple the opportunity to decompress in a stress free environment and focus on each other for a change.
Couples Retreat – CANCELLED – REPLACED WITH ‘VOW RENEWAL’
March 20 @ 5:00 pm - March 22 @ 11:00 am
This is a weekend where Couples receive counseling from the WTB Chaplain and guest speakers. The intent is to show couples how to identify potential problems and ways to address them. They arrive Friday afternoon and check into their hotel then meet at a local church for dinner and their first counseling session . Saturday there are two or three counseling sessions then they are on their own to explore the town and/or surrounding area, enjoy special events going on that weekend or just hang out. Child care is provided during counseling sessions. Meals and lodging for the weekend will be provided by Wounded Warriors at Nebo. Admission to the Museum of the Pacific War, Pioneer Museum and Fritztown Cinema will be provided by Wounded Warriors at Nebo to those interested. Check out from accommodations is 11 a.m. A list of churches will be provided so guests can attend prior to returning to San Antonio if they wish.
Sign up is through the WTB Chaplain’s office who will post a signup sheet about 2 weeks prior to the event. This event is for wounded, injured and ill and their family or care provider. Family is defined as a Warrior, his/her spouse and children between the ages of infant to 18 yrs old living at home. Cadre and staff are not eligible for this event unless required as a care provider. Questions may be directed to the Chaplain’s office.
Specific details regarding lodging, meal times & location, etc will be provided to guests at a later date.