We Are Now Accepting Applications 
For Our 2017 Retreat!
Applications are now available for our 13th Annual Level I Retreat for girls ages 14-18 with facial differences or large body surface damage due to burn or trauma-related injuries. 
Retreat Dates:  June 18-24, 2017 
Location: Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. 
Applications are available here: www.angelfaces.com.

Overall Retreat Goals: 
  • Encourage: Address inner feelings concerning grief, shame trauma and body image. Raise self- esteem and gain confidence and strength to embrace their journey from trauma.
  • Inspire: Achieve potential and develop a deeper sense of meaning, purpose and joy in life beyond trauma.
  • Empower: Teach them how to handle stares, unwanted questions and rejection. Teach how to develop healthy boundaries and create meaningful and healthy relationships.
  • Support: Give families a place to turn for help with issues they may not understand. Give the girls a safe place to meet and build relationships with others with similar disfigurements due to burn injuries and trauma.
  • Resilience: Teach how to identify and strengthen the four key components of resilience.
  • Gratitude: Identifying the importance of finding gratitude and blessings in traumatic experiences.

    This retreat offers significant personal attention, therefore we limit the participants to 20. 
There is no direct cost to attendees. Retreat costs are paid for by Angel Faces donors. Scholarships are available for travel, for moreinformation please email Terry Hewitt: 
Research Reveals Impact of the Retreat
For the past 13 years girls and young women with significant disfigurements due to burns or other traumatic related injuries have participated in week long healing retreats.  
The evaluations of the Angel Faces retreat were designed to help increase resilience and positive coping in young women recovering from disfiguring injuries from burns and other trauma. Findings showed that participants who attended the week of the retreat measured significant improvements on all 6 measures, with the differences reaching statistical significance on three of the measures, in the areas of self- esteem, quality of life, and depression. 
This evaluation, is based on questionnaires completed by all of our participants (pre and post retreat) who have attended from 2009-2016.
This study has been completed by Michael Murphy, Ph.D from Massachusetts General Hospital, and Angel Faces Board member.  Murphy and members of his team from Massachusetts General Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children-Boston, and the Harvard Medical School in Boston assisted in the study.   Dr. Murphy
is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the Harvard Medical School and the author of more than 80 papers evaluating mental health and other programs for children and adults.  Full research results can be found on our website.  www.angelfaces.com

Angel Faces is the only nonprofit organization in the United States that provides intensive retreats and support to adolescent girls and young women with burn/trauma injuries. "A soft place to fall, a solid foundation for growth." Download our brochure.

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