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A Mother's Rest Charitable Respite Foundation

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Causes: Counseling, Mental Health

Mission: A Mother's Rest coordinates and funds respite retreats exclusively for parents & caregivers of disabled children and adults. We also host spouses of wounded veterans, special educators, adoptive families, and those caring for their own elderly parents at home. With the help of bed and breakfast inn partners, we organize retreats nationwide for caregivers who desperately need a few days away for recuperative rest. Our 2nd phase is now running our own respite B&B year-round. That is now located in New Market, MD. Longer term goals include owning our own flagship respite inns in every state. In Virginia, we hope to provide employment and educational opportunities for individuals with disabilities in a coffee shop, wine tasting spot, therapeutic rescue animal farm, garden market, thrift shop, and other valuable community resources.

Results: As of November 2019, (132) respite retreats have been completed, with (59) more already scheduled. Our Home Base inn in New Market, MD is completely dependent on financial support from the community churches, civic groups, foundations, and state funding.

Target demographics: parents & caregivers of children, adults, and spouses with extra needs, special educators, all adoptive & foster parents, and those caring for their own infirm parents at home.

Direct beneficiaries per year: we are brand new as of February 2017.

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: Parent & caregiver respite retreats. Future: summer camp grants, child care funding, inclusive residential community.

Community Stories

136 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had much needed quiet, very peaceful stay at PIne Terrace Inn.
The innkeeper was generous to open it up to us as well as being kind, supportive. Looking forward to more future respites.
Thank you!

1 Katherine H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I stayed at a lovely inn through this program. I’m a single mom of two special needs children, so this respite was just what I needed! Stayed in touch with the other moms, too.

1 Alida James F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Spent a couples weekend at the Maple Hall Inn in Lexington, VA. When parenting our child we are a team...a tag team, so we rarely get a chance to both be at rest at the same time.
This weekend was ideal and filled a need to just reconnect with each other. The Inn was lovely, clean, and comfortable. There were no expectations, no obligations, no social commitments, just wonderful self-guided rest. We spent the first day running around, trying to fit in activities that are usually cumbersome with an active kid (no way are we taking him antiquing or to a wine tasting, lol). We had plans to fill up the second day as well, but after a delicious breakfast (prepared by SOMEONE ELSE--ahhhhh), we went back to our room to relax and we both woke up way after Noon. lol. Clearly we needed rest even more than we realized.
This foundation, run by Andrea and supported through her Porch Partners is an invaluable service that every Mom and Dad should try at least once.
We are already planning for one next year.
Please continue to expand and offer these respites to parents and other caregivers around the country. It is much needed and so appreciated.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my first AMR retreat and I'll definitely be back. it was amazing to get a mental break from all the responsibilities of caring for a special needs child. The B & B was beautiful and relaxing and the breakfast delicious!! It was so special to be in a whole house with other special needs moms. AMAZING!

1 Heather B.11

Client Served

Rating: 5

Just returned from my first (but definitely not last!) Weekend away with AMR at Pinehurst Inn in Bayfield WI. Simply being able to wake at my own pace and be fully and completely able to do whatever I wanted to do eased the tension my body has been holding and calmed my mind. Connecting and laughing with other Mama's who get it is absolutely priceless. Sooooo grateful for AMR and the generosity of donors and the B&B partners who make these weekends possible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you so much! A weekend of rest, relaxation & connecting with other mom's who walk a similar path that was long overdue. I went home feeling recharged and more prepared to better care for my family. Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had two respite weekends via AMR at Pinehurst Inn in Bayfield, WI. Both stats were restful and restorative. Exactly what I needed. I was able to connect with other moms and also spend some much needed time by myself. AMR made the whole process simple and straightforward. I can’t recommend AMR enough!

2 Juilett T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Nov 1st-4th 2019 was my first stay a the Terrace Guest House and it was absolutely amazing!! I didn’t realize how much I wasn’t resting at home. My first day I took a nap and that never happens. I met some wonderful women who I can honestly call friends. The house is so peaceful and quiet you get time to clear your mind of all the things you don’t realize were there. Thanks so much for the opportunity to get away and reset.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My first stay at the Island Guest House in Beach Haven,New Jersey was the best! So relaxing and fun meeting all the other moms who “get it”. It was so hard to leave! The innkeepers were welcoming and very accommodating. I will have wonderful memories to keep me going until the next time

2 Susanna Weslie Owens M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The weekend I spent at this gorgeous and welcoming inn with several other moms of children with dual diagnosis Down syndrome was a priceless opportunity to connect, relax, hear each others' stories, laugh, cry, bond, sleep, and de-stress...a much-needed break from the constant demands of our everyday lives.

Andrea has done a masterful job of creating a truly restful haven for weary caregivers!

2 Sherry C.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Just returned from a wonderful and fantastic weekend filled with rest and connection. It’s exactly what I needed. So blessed to have been gifted this weekend. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus, Andrea. A Mom’s Rest is a very beautiful, warm and inviting Inn. I pray I can give back in some way.

Sherry Crist
Collegeville, PA

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was blessed to spend a weekend at the beautiful Terrace Guest House with other moms parenting children with the dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and Autism. The Guest House is absolutely beautiful, and in a quaint town within walking distance to restaurants and shops. I cannot remember the last time I felt so relaxed and rested. What an amazing gift for special needs caregivers!

3 Veronica H.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I loved meeting some new moms and spending time with them. I loved the Maryland Inn and how historic it is. It is so relaxing. I was surprised that wine was provided even thou I don't drink but tried a glass at dinner. I loved my room and the relaxing weekend. I love this place and how it helps special needs moms recharge and relax. Caregiving is very stressful. I hope I get to stay again. It is so popular now it is getting hard to get a spot. I love the honey skin care I bought in the gift shop. So many items I wanted so I look forward to next stay.

1 Dianne Marie D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing stay! I was very impressed with my room and the entire inn. Great resource for families with special needs children. My husband is already signed up for the men's retreat in November.

1 Lorena Fisher Z.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had a great weekend !! It was nice to just do what you wanted to !! Very nice to get to know the other Moms and share stories about our kids and family. The house is gorgeous !! Thank you so much !!

1 Norma M.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I absolutely loved staying at the AMR Terrace Guest House! I met amazing women and stayed in the cutest room!! I can’t wait to go back! I love meeting women who get me and get my life!! Thank you so much to everyone who makes this possible. Andrea is someone I look up to! All the parents are so amazing and so nice! I know I’ve made friends for life from this amazing respite!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My fiancè and I hadn't had a chance to get away for over 3 years! I was desperate one night looking for help! A vacation we could afford! As parents of 4 children with extra needs it was rare to get out and away. I found A Mother's Rest and was hooked. 8/17/19 to 8/20/19 we had the chance to stay at The Mayhurst Inn in Orange VA! We fell in love with the Inn, the Inn keepers Pat and Jack North, as well as the couples we've met! Thanks to Andrea we will be doing this more often! We can't thank Andrea enough for all her hard work and dedication!! You hard work is much appreciated! If you ever need help with anything I will gladly help! Thabk you so much! This mini vacation was just the ticket to regroup and rest while meeting people and realizing we aren't crazy!

Jennifer C.10

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have finally had the chance to stay at The Terrace House and it was gorgeous! The town was quaint and friendly, lots of activities and restaurants! Andrea is incredible for providing such a wonderful time for us parents to rest and meet other parents. Words cannot Express how much we appreciate it.
Actual stay was 8/16-19/2019

1 RosemaryG

Client Served

Rating: 5

We loved our couples' retreat at the Mayhurst Inn in Orange, Va. We had not been able to go away together for more than 10 years, and it was so relaxing. Jack and Pat, the innkeepers, were great cooks, providing a delicious three course breakfast every day and wine and cheese and good conversations every evening. I hope to participate in another retreat next year!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As parents of 8 children with various exceptional needs, finding time to be a couple is few and far in between. AMR has provided my husband an I with our second couples respite at The Mayhurst Inn and it was incredible! We needed time to reconnect and to connect with other parents to provide support and conversation with. Pat and Jack, the Innkeepers are the absolute best. They provided us with wine and cheese every evening so we could all get together (if we wanted to). I hope we are able to come here again next year!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a mother of 8 (6 with varying needs), finding time for rest is extremely difficult. I have now attended 2 mom's retreats and one couples retreat in the last year and I cannot give enough praise to AMR and the Inn partners. It has been an absolute blessing!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am mom of seven, mostly grown now, but my 26 year old son has autism, bipolar disorder, diabetes, hypothyroidism "and other stuff." My life is a vast swampland of medical appointments, social services and behavior management. On top of that, I have several chronic health conditions which limit me physically.

Finding A Mother's Rest (for me specifically The Terrace Guest House in beautiful New Market MD) was like finding a great big water fountain in the middle of a desert after a 5 mile run. Okay 10 miles. Okay a 26 year run. Because that's what I do. I run. I scramble. Even when I try to sleep I don't fully rest because I'm always anxious, always listening, always remembering something, ordering supplies at 3am or making a note for tomorrow.

Enter the glory of freedom from daily life.

I'm only about 90 minutes from New Market and it's a beautiful drive but I was so panicked about going I almost froze completely. I couldn't pack. I couldn't remember what to take. I was certain my house would implode while I was gone. I posted my panic to the Facebook page and was reminded by our lovely sweet founder that all I needed was pjs. Get in the car and go. So I did.

My weekend was spent socializing when I felt like it, ordering food delivery when I felt like it, snacking when I felt like it, laying in a big beautiful bed when I felt like it, sleeping when I felt like it. The second night I slept with no alarm for the first time since... ever. There's exactly ZERO pressure to do or be anything for anyone except YOU. Some moms get a massage, mani-pedi, go hiking, go out to eat (2 restaurants within a few blocks plus lots more a few minutes away by car) visit wineries etc and some (like me) just chill. Sometimes it's quiet and you just have a huge family room to yourself to lounge around reading.

Most importantly, you just chill. Rest. Rejuvenate. Reset. To be allowed a setting where that can happen in three days after years of emptying myself out for others was the greatest gift ever.

The Terrace Guest House is old, beautiful, filled with comfort and love in every sign, on every shelf, in every knick knack and quilt. The pillows are so magical I ordered some for my bed at home. The kitchen is a gourmet dream with more bells and whistles than I've ever seen. I have no doubt the partner properties that offer heavily discounted nights for caregivers are likewise gorgeous. To have this one so close by and offered at no cost is just... beyond. I didn't take pictures because I was too relaxed to even think about it but I will definitely spread the word about this incredible opportunity for parched caregivers and I will go again. They even have a ground floor guest room (with a walk in shower!) for folks like me who can't do stairs.

For any mom hesitating... do it. Do this for yourself. For anyone considering donating... the gift you give will multiply and give so much to a worn out caregiver who desperately needs a lifeline. Thank you (and our founder!) for being that lifeline

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the amazing opportunity to attend 2 respite weekends within a couple of months. Not only was it my first time ever going away without my son but also my very first time not sleeping in the same house as him. And I knew he was in good care with his dad. While it was hard to leave him, especially the first time given his high level of anxiety, I must say it was an incredible experience! This heavenly feeling of just not have to worry about anything - except meals which was no big deal - not have anyone constantly demanding attention, constantly rely on me. I could relax and rest as much as I wanted to while also being able to socialize with amazing caregivers who could truly relate. No pressure of any kind. AMAZING and SO worth it.

1 Kolleen B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This experience of taking time out to care for myself was so healing and gave me renewed strength to continue through the challenges of parenting. As a single mom, I hadn’t been alone on a vacation in 16 years. I look forward to going back again soon to continue to rest, restore, and rejuvenate

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My weekend at The Terrace Guest House was the first time in over 15 years that I have spent time away, focusing on myself. As I sat in my room the first night, I truly felt like I had won the lottery!
Every caregiver deserves the opportunity to re-energize themselves, and this was the perfect way to do it.

2 Misty L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

As an autism mom, my mind and body are always working overtime. Caregiver burnout is real, and the only cure is respite. I am so thankful for A Mother's Rest. I have been on a few respite retreats over the last year, and I can't wait until the next. Most recently I spent Mother's Day weekend in Ludington, MI at The Lamplighter B&B with my sister, also mom to a child with extra needs. Three nights in a beautiful B&B in a charming lakeside town. Three amazing homemade breakfasts. Come home refreshed. What a blessing.

2 Katy Luchini C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

With support from A Mother's Rest, I was able to get away for three nights over Mother's Day weekend at a beautiful B&B in Ludington, MI (The Lamplighter!). I wanted rest, and I got it! More than 36 hours of sleep total over the three days, interspersed with delicious homemade breakfasts at the B&B and time to wander this beautiful lakeside town. It was just what I needed, and I wouldn't have taken the time away without the support of A Mother's Rest. Thank you!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

A MUST for weary caregivers. 3 days/nights of pure R & R. A Mother's Rest (Andrea) provides retreat from one's customary environment to REST, get plenty of undisturbed SLEEP, and enjoy a beautiful historic home in a park-like, old-town, quaint setting.

Additionally, other guests visit for the same reasons, and you and they can share experiences, offer suggestions regarding care...tips and resources. Engaging with others who understand another's journey in care giving is invaluable.

There are no words adequate to describe the beauty and inherent value in allowing one's self to break away and enjoy true peace. A Mother's Rest is just what the doctor ordered for caregivers needing some well-deserved self care.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5


This is a respite that I didn't know I needed until I was there. The time away, to be alone, to be with new friends, to be with others who know what I am going through, is invaluable. The work of A Mothers Rest is amazing. Thank you for everything!

3 mariainva

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the most amazing, restful weekend at the Terrace Guest House in New Market, Maryland! Such a beautiful Inn (the pictures do not do it justice!), not to mention the extremely comfortable beds and delicious coffee. Self-care is so very important and I kept putting it off. This weekend of respite was just what I needed as it provided mental as well as physical rest with some wonderful mamas of special needs children! I can now go back to my crazy, sleepless life refreshed and renewed! A big THANK YOU to Andrea Faris Roberts and all those involved in A Mother's Rest! God has blessed me through all of you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my first experience with AMR and it was wonderful. The B and B was very nice, the perfect place to kick back and get the rest I needed! I am grateful to AMR (and all the participating Inns) for making this time of much needed respite possible.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

A Mother's Rest is filling the gap and providing much needed rest, relaxation & respite for weary caregivers. As I wrap up my first weekend away, I realize this is more needed than I even imagined. I will be arriving home inspired, invigorated and well rested.
An amazing vision caring for those who truly need respite.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A Mother's Rest is providing a very much needed service for families who have children with extra needs. This organization is a huge step in the right direction giving families the opportunity to take a break and hang out with those who understand.

4 Curtis G.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Andrea and her organization are AMAZING! It was such a great weekend, at her relaxing Inn. The world needs more Andrea's and what she's doing.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was so fortunate to take part in the first Wisconsin retreat this past weekend. As a parent of a child with a disability, this was a much needed and affordable opportunity for respite. I highly recommend AMR, thank you for helping me recharge my batteries!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Through AMR I was able to go on a three day retreat in Bayfield WI. The Pinehurst Inn was an amazing place. Gracious hosts who provided the best breakfasts I have ever eaten. Three nights of uninterrupted sleep, hours of soaking in a Jacuzzi tub, quiet times, naps, hikes...It was just what this weary Mom needed.

1 Renae A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just spent a weekend respite retreat in WI thru AMR. What an amazing experience. It is so awesome to have an organization help us to be able to get a break and relax.

1 Carrie E.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I spent the weekend at an AMR respite weekend in TX. What a beautiful venue they booked! Such a quiet place nestled on a beautiful river in the TX Hill Country. Pure Heaven! It was such a weekend of peace and rest. No schedule, no agenda, no demands, no guilt. It's truly your own time to spend how you need to replenish your soul. I'm looking forward to the next one.

2 Ashlee B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a mom to 8, 4 with special needs, rest can be the last thing on a very long list. Uniterrupted rest that is not filled with guilt is scarce. Getting away on this retreat has given me just that, uninterrupted, guilt free rest. My cup is overflowing and now I can go pour into my children what they need. I never imagined something like this existed but it desperately needs to stay around. Thank you so much.