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Family Retreat Center

The Family Retreat Center in Cranberry, Pa., is an important therapeutic resource. Each year, about 8,000 parents, children, and teenagers come here to work on family issues in a natural setting. The center is also available to schools, businesses, and social and faith-based organizations, and to community groups who meet to rebuild neighborhood support networks.

Nestled in 185 acres of rolling, wooded countryside, the facilities are perfect for retreats, conferences, training programs, picnics, outings, hiking, and camping.

Bring your next event to our newly-renovated, handicapped-accessible location, just 20 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh (off Route 79 near Route 228), or easily accessible from Pennsylvania Turnpike Exit 28 (old Exit 3).

 

Cabins
Our ten comfortable new year-round cabins can each accommodate from two to 20 people. All are ADA compliant and feature private bathrooms. 

Activities
No need to stay indoors all day—invite your guests outside and clear their minds with our:

  • Team challenge course
  • Self-guided hiking trails
  • Swimming pool (summer use only)
  • Hayrides
  • Archery
  • Canoeing
  • Catch and release fishing
  • Football field and sports courts (basketball, soccer, volleyball and more)
  • Playground
  • Fire circle

Food and Amenities
A varied selection of local caterers and dining establishments are ready to provide menus to fit any event. If your tastes run toward hearty, camp-style cooking, you can make arrangements with our on-site cook.

You’ll dine in a spectacular climate-controlled dining hall with a stone hearth, outdoor deck, and room for up to 160 people at one sitting. For smaller gatherings, we can divide the space or provide a more intimate venue.

For corporate groups, trainers, or consultants, we supply a variety of services to help ensure successful events. We offer team-building exercises, trained facilitators, and on-site concierge service to make your stay productive and enjoyable. Business amenities include internet access, laptops, a projector for presentations, and access to copying and fax equipment.

If you need an exclusive, quiet, secluded setting for your event*—for one day or several— the Family Retreat Center is the perfect place.

*We ask that events be compatible with the mission of Family Resources.

Directions

From Pittsburgh Map it
Take Route I-279 North to Route 79 North. Take Exit 76 (Cranberry, US 19—a left-hand exit).

Your exit ramp will merge into Route 19 North. Stay in the right-hand turning lane; turn right at the first traffic light, onto Freeport Road. The intersection is marked by a Sunoco station and a Fifth Third Bank.

The Family Retreat Center is approximately one half mile from the intersection of Route 19  and Freeport Road. Take Freeport Road over the bridge, passing the Regional Learning Alliance on the left, and continue another 300 yards. Slow down—the Retreat Center entrance is on the left, partly concealed by trees. Enter through the black gate and the first set of stone pillars.

From Pennsylvania Turnpike (Points East/West) Map it
Take the Turnpike to Exit 28 (Cranberry). Take US Route 19 South. Move into the left-hand lane as soon as possible. At the first traffic light on Route 19, turn left. Count three more traffic lights and turn left onto Freeport Road. The intersection is marked by a Sunoco station and a Fifth Third Bank.

The Family Retreat Center is approximately one half mile from the intersection of Route 19  and Freeport Road. Take Freeport Road over the bridge, passing the Regional Learning Alliance on the left, and continue another 300 yards. Slow down—the Retreat Center entrance is on the left, partly concealed by trees. Enter through the black gate and the first set of stone pillars.

From Erie (Points North) Map it
Take Route 77 South to Exit 78 (Cranberry, US 19). At the end of the ramp, turn right onto Route 228. Move into the left-hand lane as soon as possible. At the first traffic light on Route 19, turn left. Count three more traffic lights and turn left onto Freeport Road. The intersection is marked by a Sunoco station and a Fifth Third Bank.

The Family Retreat Center is approximately one half mile from the intersection of Route 19  and Freeport Road. Take Freeport Road over the bridge, passing the Regional Learning Alliance on the left, and continue another 300 yards. Slow down—the Retreat Center entrance is on the left, partly concealed by trees. Enter through the black gate and the first set of stone pillars.

Overview

Occupying 185 secluded acres of wooded countryside.

Comfortable, new air-conditioned cabins

Spectacular new dining hall

Facilities for retreats, conferences, training programs, picnics, outings, hiking, and camping.


Contact

To learn more about the Family Retreat Center, or arrange a visit, contact:

Jack Stockman
412 363 1702 x1202
email Jack

The Family Retreat Center
1100 Freeport Road
Mars, PA  16046
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A Family Retreat

A father from Wilkinsburg watched as his two sons ran down a hill and plopped down to rest on a grassy slope.

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Facts at a Glance

  • We’re just 20 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, and easily acessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike
  • Our mailing address is 
    1100 Freeport Road 
    Mars, PA 16046
  • We’re open year-round, and we welcome both Family Resources clients and private organizations

A Father's story

A father from Wilkinsburg, a member of a group of families that came to the Family Retreat Center last fall to spend the weekend, watched as his two sons ran down a hill and plopped down to rest on a grassy slope, laughing and rolling on the grass. "I've never seen my kids do that before," he reflected. "Living in the city, it seems there is no place like this where kids can run free, and be safe."