Village Eulogia for Families with Special Needs (Village Eulogia) started as Camp Eulogia, a summer retreat camp program. In 2007, the founders began to pray about the concept of a family retreat. As professionals working with children with disabilities, they understood that disabilities do not only affect the children, but also their parents, caregivers, and siblings. The founding team also recognized the importance of spiritual support and a suitable environment for the children and their families to rest, renew and be in encounter with God and each other. In 2008, Riverview Christian Camp agreed to support the initiative and the first camp was held in the summer of the same year with five (5) families in attendance.
As the experience of the first retreat was shared with some churches and individual Christians, Camp Eulogia began to grow. By 2010, we had served 20 families at the camp. Over the years, we enjoyed the support of volunteers with different professional backgrounds to serve as leaders, and church members who came and served as personal support for the children. These supports were instrumental to the growth of Camp Eulogia and the subsequent formation of the charity.
At the end of the camp in 2011, the core team felt the need to provide services to the children with disabilities and their families beyond the retreat in the summer. After much prayer, the idea of Village Eulogia began to form and we were incorporated in October 2011 and became a registered charity on March 6, 2012.
Bill Johnson, Marie Hudson, Andrea Lamont and Cynthia Tam were the founding team of Camp Eulogia in 2007. Since then the leading team has expanded very quickly to include Christians with different professional backgrounds and experiences in the care of children with special needs and their families.
In 2011, when Village Eulogia was founded, the founding team included Bill Johnson, Cynthia Tam, Timothy Myland, Zarina Lit, Thyra Andrews, Cindy Kwan, Isabel Lam, Kay Kingsmill and Ronnie Yue.