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Operation Welcome Home is a series of faith-based weekends at the Miracle Lodge to provide encouragement, hope, and inspiration to active military, veterans and their families. The retreat is free for all attending. All funding is provided by donations from businesses, organizations, and individuals.   Since 2008, we served about 700 families.  Each year gives us the opportunity to serve those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom and for keeping us "One Nation Under God".

The retreats are a time to reconnect with family and spouses, to encourage one another in community, and to get refreshed.  Some weekends have sessions focused on helping in particular areas such as parenting, communication, dealing with anger successfully, healthy conflict resolution, finances, faith, and marriage.

As these retreats are free of charge, we would like to say THANK YOU to all who continue to sponsor these weekends. $300 sponsors a soldier and $600 sponsors a family for the weekend. Help spread the word and sign up today.

To Register:
Select the activity link for the date you would like to attend to register online for an Operation Welcome Home event. Please note: the only event open for registration at this time is the Families of the Fallen retreat in January. All other events will open for registration in early 2018.

2018 Dates Activity
Jan 26-28Families of the Fallen (previously Gold Star Families)
Feb 9-11Winter Family Camp
Apr 20-22Married Couples Retreat
May 4-6Disabled Veterans Turkey Hunt - contact Bob at 507-533-6707 or
June 22-24Families of the Fallen Summer Retreat
July 20-27Camp Gratitude
Oct 19-21Fall Family Camp

Activities include (depending on season):
  • Horseback riding
  • Zipline
  • Wagon rides
  • Campfires
  • Team challenge course
  • Swimming
  • Minigolf
  • Tubing (winter)
  • And more
For more information call 507-533-4315 or email

Donate/Get Involved:

Have a fundraiser/sponsor a soldier and their family for one of the 7 weekend retreats in 2018.  Or volunteer for a weekend to help serve the families.  Contact our office ( or 507-533-4315) if interested.

You donate by clicking here