Since 1937, Camp Millhouse has been providing enriching experiences for children and adults with disabilities. In 1940, Mr.& Mrs. Charles Millhouse donated 11 acres of land and our main lodge which began our history on Kelly Road – the place our campers continue to call home. Although we currently do not own the land we sit on, we have been the only tenant on this property for the past 77 years. The dream of becoming the owner is finally closer to becoming a reality.
Camp Millhouse is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, residential summer camp for children and adults with varying disabilities. We offer spring and fall camp weekends, multiple one-week-long residential and day camp sessions and additional opportunities throughout the year. Our campers come from all across the country for the unique opportunities that Camp Millhouse provides.
In late 2014, we began a quest for ownership of our property knowing our current lease would expire on December 31, 2017. In early 2017, we were excited to have reached the point of negotiating the purchase agreement. Which brings us to today! The property owners have extended a firm price of $500,000 and want to close the purchase in late December 2017 before the lease expiration date. This purchase will allow us to assure campers, their families and the community that Camp Millhouse is here to stay. In order to meet our purchase obligation, provide funding for our current budget and to begin some immediate upgrades, we are announcing the launch of our $1M Capital CAMPaign: Building for the Future While Honoring the Past – Serving Generations to Come. This exciting opportunity comes as we celebrate our 80th Anniversary. What better way to Honor the Past than to Invest in the Future of Camp Millhouse to ensure Camp will continue to thrive for the next 80 years and beyond!
We need your help to make this happen! We need to raise half of this campaign in a very short amount of time. While $500,000 may sound unreachable, it is not! We know not everyone can donate cash themselves but there are many ways to help! Please see the attached document for some suggestions of how to help. What we are asking of you is to reach out to your family, friends and local businesses. Talk to them about Camp Millhouse and why it is important to you and your family. Ask for a donation. Asking can be hard to do, but we have to do it. When we break down the $500,000, it is really just 500 people donating $1,000 or 1000 people donating $500. If 10 of your friends donate $100 each, you’ve already reached $1,000! We know these are big numbers so remember that every single penny counts! It gets us that much closer to our goal!
Donations can be made via cash, check or charge and can be mailed to Camp Millhouse, 25600 Kelly Rd., South Bend, IN 46614. Credit/debit cards can be called in to the office directly or used through our website www.campmillhouse.org or on the GoFundMe page. Please call the office if you have any questions 574-233-2202. Thank you to each and every one of you! With all of us working together, Camp Millhouse will continue to serve generations to come!
With Warm Regards,
Diana Breden, Executive Director
Liz Richards, Camp Director
- Heather Downey
- Jyl Reimersma
- Cara Pond
- Holly and Dave Easterbrook
South Bend, IN