S. Truett Cathy, founder and chairman of Chick-fil-A, Inc., first opened his heart and home to children more than 30 years ago. Since then, his desire to inspire young people continues to grow.
Because of his interest in the growth and education of young people, Truett established the WinShape Foundation in 1984. His goal: to help "shape winners."
Located on the campus of Berry College in Rome, Ga., the foundation supports WinShape Homes®, WinShape RetreatSM, WinShape MarriageSM, WinShape Camps®, WinShape® College Program, WinShape® Wilderness and WinShape International.
WinShape Homes was created to provide a nurturing home to those children who are victims of circumstance and need a secure family environment in which to grow and mature. Truett built this program to give children a chance to reach their potential with the encouragement and support of a loving and caring family.
Through the WinShape Homes program, a natural home environment is established with two full-time parents who offer the security and stability every child deserves. Sibling groups that might otherwise have been separated and adopted are able to live together.
Currently, there are 11 WinShape Homes (eight in Georgia, two in Tennessee and one in Alabama).
While many situations require children to leave and be on their own at age 18, WinShape Homes encourages and supports college attendance or vocational training, as well as a continued relationship with their parents and family. Even after graduation, children are always invited to enjoy holidays and special occasions with their WinShape® family.
WinShape Homes also benefits from the Chick-fil-A Bowl, noted as the leading bowl in charitable giving. WinShape Homes has received nearly $4.2 million since becoming a Chick-fil-A Bowl beneficiary in 1998.
- Woodbury, Mt. Berry, Ga. - 1987
- Kimbell, Mt. Berry, Ga. - 1989
- Rockhill, The Rock, Ga. - 1989
- Herrington House, The Rock, Ga. - 1991
- Swan Lake, Cleveland, Tenn. - 1994
- Wylie House, Wadley, Ala. - 1994
- Bridgeway, Athens, Ga. - 1995
- Ramon Gann, Stockbridge, Ga. - 1996
- Harrell Home, Griffin, Ga. - 1999
- Skelton Home, Mt. Berry, Ga. - 2002
- Golden Pond, Cleveland, Tenn. - 2002
In September 2003, Chick-fil-A worked with Rome, Ga.-based Berry College to open the WinShape Retreat, a high-end retreat and conference facility located on the school's Mountain Campus. The multi-use facility hosts marriage enrichment retreats along with business and church-related conferences, and in summer months, houses the girls attending WinShape Camps. WinShape Retreat also accommodates couples attending marriage-intensive programming through WinShape Marriage.
Out of their desire to see healthy marriages and strong families, the Cathy family started WinShape Marriage, which provides enrichment retreats to refuel healthy marriages as well as intensive counseling in an effort to strengthen troubled marriages. WinShape Marriage also encourages the marriage movement in our country by bringing marriage ministries and leaders together for fellowship and collaboration.
When Truett founded WinShape Camps in 1985 he did so with the hopes of creating a camp experience that was unique - a camp that challenged the body and nourished the soul. Over twenty-eight years later, WinShape Camps continues to shape young people through unforgettable camp experiences. Campers can choose to attend WinShape Camps for Boys and Girls in Mt. Berry, GA, WinShape Camps for Girls at Young Harris, GA or one of the WinShape Camps for Communities (formerly WinShape Camps C3) Day Camps locations offered nation-wide.
The relentless pursuit of Christ shapes everything WinShape Camps does as they host thousands of campers annually. In 2013, over 18,000 campers will be challenged to sharpen their character, deepen their faith and grow in their relationships. The days at WinShape Camp are never dull! Fun is serious business and all camps offer plenty of activities to create the ultimate camp experience. A sampling of residential camp activities includes football, horseback riding, rock climbing, archery and scrapbooking. C3 Day Camps packs a punch with science, sports, photography, cheerleading and more!
WinShape College Program:
Each year, WinShape Foundation provides 120 students at Berry College with experiential training in Christian leadership and community. In addition to the training, WinShape Foundation provides a $4,000 scholarship to these students enrolled at Berry College. To date, the Foundation has awarded $7.5 million in scholarships to over 1,000 future Christian leaders from across the nation.
Founded in 1991, WinShape Wilderness started as an entrepreneurial business using an existing ropes course located on the Mountain Campus of Berry College to provide team building for Chick-fil-A Operators, church and school groups, as well as corporate clients. Fifteen years and tens of thousands of participants later, WinShape Wilderness has been positioned under the umbrella of the WinShape Foundation side by side with six other programs. With a new purpose, to glorify God by creating adventure experiences that encourage spiritual transformation, WinShape Wilderness is dedicated to using adventure to equip people to experience real change, not just in a team setting, but also through personal transformation. Challenge Ropes Course programs include Fundamentals of Team Building, Servant Leadership and Building Community. In 2007, WinShape Wilderness proudly introduced Backcountry Ventures, where participants can experience adventure through venues of backpacking, canoeing, camping and rock climbing.
WinShape International was founded in January 2005 with a mission to mobilize leaders to transform young people and communities around the world. WinShape International's goals include equipping young adults to become Christian leaders in their culture, developing initiatives that aid poor people in the developing world, impacting the lives of children and youth who are abandoned, orphaned, or abused, and developing models for overseas partnerships that transform lives and communities. WinShape International partners with other Christian organizations and has 45 projects planned for 2013 to 32 countries.
P.O. Box 49009
Mount Berry, GA 30149
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