What it’s like to volunteer at Banyan…

I had the amazing opportunity to volunteer with Camp Banyan during one of their cooking classes! We worked with all of the young people to prepare, create, and then eat a DELICIOUS meal including baked ziti, chicken, roasted potatoes, and finished it off with hand decorated cupcakes! It was such a joyful experience and working… Read more »

Responsibility with Hannah Hurm – Camp Banyan Spotlight!

Hannah Hurm is a beloved member of the Camp Banyan community! She is known for her smile, her jokes, and her love of pizza. Join us as we explore how our friend Hannah uses the core value of responsibility! What follows is the full interview with Jane Williams (JW) and mom, Michele Hurm (MH). H:… Read more »

Spring Break Camp 2018 – A Review!

Curious about what we accomplished during this year’s Camp Banyan Spring Break Camp? Read on! A total of 17 young people attended Camp Banyan March 26th-28th.  Such a variety of personalities! Our Theme was “Let’s Communicate!”  because to be successful as adults, we have to be able to ask questions, answer questions appropriately, listen to… Read more »

The Core Values of The Banyan Odyssey, Inc.

Core Values are the roots for any solid  personal or business growth, whether they are well defined or remain an abstract concept. What do Core Values tell you about a person or an organization?  They reveal the motivation behind any actions or products, etc. that the public sees.  They are the foundation from which healthy… Read more »

Self-Care for the Caregiver

The content of this post is taken from an article written by author Amy Goyer called “Care for the Caregiver: Keep Filling Your Tank.” Learn more about her book, Juggling Life, Work and Caregiving, here! “We can’t expect our cars to run on empty tanks of gas, but we seem to expect ourselves to run on an… Read more »

Perseverance with Jordan Krolak – Camp Banyan Spotlight!

Jordan Krolak, a local singer who goes by Jordan Michael Studios, is also a member of the Autism Community. He joined the crew at Camp Banyan 2017 for Music Week to have fun with friends and share all about what it takes to be a singer! Perseverance, a core value at Camp Banyan, is a… Read more »

2017 – In Review

Interested to know what the Banyan has been up to this year?? Take a look at what we have accomplished and help us pray for where we are going! 2017 Overview February Our campers served lunch to senior adults at Skycrest Community Church. This involved a 2-day menu-prep, shopping and kitchen prep and hospitality skills! March… Read more »

What’s Next?

Hello friends of the Banyan!  Here’s a little update on what is happening next for our nonprofit! We are starting the Business Development Plan for the social enterprise aspect of The Banyan Odyssey.  It is the trunk of the tree that will create sustainability for the residential and training programs for participants with disabilities! We… Read more »

We Won People’s Choice!

We can’t thank you enough for taking the time to vote for The Banyan Odyssey for the 2017 Caregiver Accelerator Pitch Competition! It’s because of you that we are able to announce… we won the People’s Choice Award! On Tuesday, November 7th, our Vice President and founder, Jane Williams, had the opportunity to compete in… Read more »