How on earth did the name “The Banyan Odyssey” come about?
In Spring of 2015, the Williams’ threw out a challenge to facebook friends. Whoever could come up with a name that captured the essence of this endeavor would win a $100 gift card to Outback Steakhouse. It was a fun and frenzied week of intense brainstorming and lively competition.
Finally, a precious friend from India offered the “Banyan Tree”. Shini said in her country, “the banyan is a powerful symbol of deep-rooted strength, shelter, beauty, growth and expansion. It is a welcomed place of rest for the weary, a haven for those seeking refreshment and renewal.” What a powerful picture of what this entity can provide for its residents as well as the guests who come here to vacation!
And finally, “Odyssey.” Every parent of a child with any type of disability will tell you that every single day is an adventure. You don’t know if your heart will break for the painful circumstances you and your child grow through together (and some they have to experience alone), or if you will be caught be an overwhelming moment of joy and wonder that God could entrust this special person to your family. An odyssey is a journey—usually a long one—that’s full of unexpected twists and turns. If we’re fortunate, we find others who are navigating the same waters and travel together.
So here is your invitation to join us for The Banyan Odyssey. You may be a parent seeking a future home for your young adult, or at least a place for your child to socialize occasionally in the context of an accepting community. Maybe you need a support system of other adults for your own well-being. Maybe you are looking for a cause that is long-term and you want to support it financially or with your talents. Perhaps the Banyan can offer you a place of deep roots, growth and refreshment. Let’s start the next leg of this odyssey together!