AIM: Achieve • Inspire • Motivate
Seeking spiritual renewal?
Searching for a loving community?
Needing special assistance to fully participate in an overnight weekend retreat?
ACHIEVE • INSPIRE • MOTIVATE
AIM serves the needs of individuals with physical disabilities by providing an annual weekend assisted spiritual retreat. AIM, which stands for “Achieve, Inspire, Motivate,” is a retreat ministry started 34 years ago by St. Joan of Arc parishioners Harriet and Bernie Molinski and Eileen Kenney to provide a means for individuals with physical disabilities to participate in a retreat with one-on-one assistance. Each individual with a physical disability is paired with a “buddy” who does not have a physical disability and that buddy helps to meet his/her special physical needs. In addition, the ministry provides the professional assistance of volunteer nurses during the day and a paid nurse’s aide overnight to help with any special needs of the participants.
AIM is an effective and highly valued Catholic weekend retreat ministry for individuals with physical disabilities through which its participants gain a closer relationship with a loving God and with a loving community.
To help individuals with physical disabilities achieve ongoing spiritual growth through assisted spiritual retreat so that they are inspired and motivated to live life more joyfully and more meaningfully.
1. Inspiring and Joyful Spiritual Retreats
2. Faithfulness to Catholic Beliefs and Practices
3. Loving, Practical Service to Individuals with Physical Disabilities
4. Dedicated, Well-Trained Team of Volunteers
5. Sustainability of the Ministry
A CALL TO VOLUNTEERS:
AIM welcomes and seeks volunteers, called “buddies,” who provide one-on-one assistance to a retreat participant during the weekend. Volunteers will be trained, if necessary, in order to provide effective service but a loving heart and respect for others is really all that is needed to get started. All volunteers are encouraged to be fingerprinted and cleared in accordance with of the Palm Beach Diocese Office of Safe Environments requirements. Participants must be 18 years and above and any volunteers (buddies) under 18 must be accompanied by a parent.