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Autism Family Retreat

On a peaceful little ranch in East Texas called Divine Acres Ranch, a work is in progress to build a non-profit, Christ-centered retreat for families with children who suffer from autism. The retreat is called Elijah’s Retreat. The vision is for 6 cabins to be built among the towering pine and oak trees overlooking pastures with horses, donkeys, miniature cows and goats. The hope is that families will come and enjoy the quiet, peaceful setting where the children can run and play and make as much noise as they want without fear of people who don’t understand them.

Each family will stay in a two-bedroom cabin with kitchen and laundry room. The retreat has play areas with swings, slides, rope climbing, sand boxes, and plenty of room to run. The children can interact with the animals, fish in the pond and hike through the woods.

Jeff and Kathie Moore own the ranch and have a 17 year old grandson named Elijah, who has autism. Elijah’s Retreat was begun in his honor. Our hearts go out to all of the families who struggle so selflessly every day to raise these precious children.
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2017 Policy Changes for Elijah’s Retreat

In November 2016, the Board of Elijah’s Retreat convened in an emergency session in order to intervene to help keep the ranch viable. The results are the following necessary changes made by the Board:

  1. A non-refundable $100 registration fee which can be made through the PayPal option on the website (actually just a credit or debit card is required, you do not need to have PayPal yourself) or you can mail a check or money order made payable to Elijah’s Retreat. This registration fee MUST be made to secure your reservation. This registration fee will go towards your first night’s rental. If you want to rent two cabins the registration fee would be $100 per cabin. The balance can be paid in cash or by check or money order when you arrive for your stay. If you do not have the balance when you arrive we regret that we will have to turn you away. Should you be unable to keep your reservation your registration fee will be refunded if you give at least 7 days written notice.
  1. The nightly cabin fee will be $100 and there is a 3 day limit for each family per cabin.


  1. Due to allergy related issues there will absolutely NO PETS allowed. If you arrive at the ranch with a pet or if it’s discovered you brought a pet you will be asked to leave immediately and will NOT receive a refund. Please be respectful of the rules as they are in place to protect the families. The only animals that will be allowed are DOCUMENTED SERVICE DOGS. Proof of professional documentation must be sent in with your registration paperwork.
  1. We are very sorry to say there is NO ANGEL FUND available for the 2017 season.


  1. PLEASE clean your cabin before you leave. When you leave it should be as clean or cleaner than when you arrived. Please launder all your linens and towels. Beds should be remade with clean linens, dishes washed and put away, tub rinsed out and the floors vacuumed. Please be respectful of this rule so we don’t have to start charging a cleaning fee.

We trust you will understand the need for these changes. We want to see Elijah’s Retreat thrive so families with a special needs child will be able to enjoy our facilities, our animals, the playground, the water slide, hiking trails, the fishing pond, the little train, the hay rides, etc.



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Elijah’s Retreat is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Christ centered organization. For more information, call Jeff Moore at 903-589-0145. Donations can be made to Elijah’s Retreat online or sent to PO Box 2405, Jacksonville, TX 75766.

“For He has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; He has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.” Psalm 22:24

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