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Operation Welcome Home


2016 Gold Star Families

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 7000 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 retreat is 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.

Below is a list of military retreats in 2017. These retreats are free of charge and so we want to say THANKS TO ALL OF YOU 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 Operation Welcome Home event.

2017 Dates Activity
Jan 20-22Families of the Fallen (previously Gold Star Families)
Apr 21-23Married Couples Retreat
May 5-7Disabled Veterans Turkey Hunt - call 507-533-6707 or email
June 2-4Families of the Fallen Summer Retreat
July 21-23Summer Family Camp
Oct 20-22Fall 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 2017. Consider coming on a Saturday night for three hours for one of the weekends and help serve a candlelight dinner. Contact Bob at 507-533-6707 or if interested.

You donate by clicking here

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  Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch is located in Stewartville, MN.
For more information, please call 507-533-4315.
ISCR is a non-profit, non-denominational camp founded in 1976.

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