Jubilee Acres, a beautiful 13-acre wooded retreat center on Catawba Mountain, was donated to the Rescue Mission by Joyce Birdsall in honor of her best friend, Ruth Carroll. The log lodge was dedicated in August of 1993. The brick caretakers’ house, built by Buddy Thompson and located on the same property, was dedicated on May 31, 1998. There are hiking tails, two playgrounds, a volleyball court, a pond and a low ropes initiatives challenge course.
In addition to our caretaker family and the many shelter guests, program participants, staff and community visitors, Jubilee Acres is also home to cows (including a blue one!), pigs, chickens, doves and honeybees. Be sure to visit the animals while you are there!
Each summer, the children who reside in the Family Shelter of the Rescue Mission’s Women and Children’s Center are invited to attend Day Camp at Jubilee Acres. Jubilee Camp provides children with fun activities while allowing parents time to work or go to appointments and interviews. Day Camp begins the week after Roanoke public schools end the spring semester and ends the second week in August.
Day Camp at Jubilee Acres is led by local church groups. An interested group promises to provide supervision and programming (including arts and crafts materials) for one week of camp. The Rescue Mission provides campers, transportation for the campers, lunch, snacks, and the use of the retreat center.
Anywhere from ten to twenty kids (ages 4-12) attend Day Camp each week. Due to the transitional nature of the families, the groups of children change from week to week so flexible volunteers are needed. During the day, the campers sing loudly, play hard and get wet in the creek! But most importantly, the kids experience the love of Christ in the relationships made with their camp counselors.
Enjoy hiking trails, two playgrounds,volleyball court and low ropes initiatives challenge course.
Jubilee Acres is also available to church and civic groups on a once-a-year, free-of-charge basis for day or evening events. In addition to the campers, hundreds of individuals have visited Jubilee Acres since 2001, holding different events such as senior citizens’ luncheons, church staff retreats, 4-H classes, deacons retreats, scouting events, choir retreats, etc.
Local businesses have found a team building event at Jubilee Acres to be especially valuable.
The low ropes challenge course has 13 challenge events with a corresponding Bible name and alcohol/drug addiction recovery issue applications at each station.
If you would like to reserve a day at the serene and beautiful retreat center, please contact Becky Taconet at 540.384.6822.