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A Mother's Rest Charitable Respite Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

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 to purchase and run our own respite B&B year-round. That is now located in New Market, MD. Longer term goals include building a larger respite inn in Afton, VA, as well as 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 December 2018, (41) respite retreats have been completed, with (37) more already scheduled. Our Home Base 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

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

83 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The best part of my weekend with A Mother's Rest was the absence of expectation. No one expected me to be or do anything, and it was such a great way to decompress. I could lay in bed until 9am (a HUGE luxury) and not worry about changing diapers, stripping linens, making breakfast or even showering! I am going to do my best to spread the word about the amazing opportunity that Andrea is providing caregivers.

1 Crystal Feimster I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a homeschooling stay at home mom of 2 children with special needs, the time to rest and refocus this past weekend was beyond necessity. We pour so much of ourselves into others, that frequently there is nothing left. We end up just a shell of ourselves running on a strict schedule and a list of have-to’s. This weekend away at Mast Farm Inn was a time of rest and reflection with the only thing on our schedule was breakfast at 8:30. No cooking, cleaning, laundry, therapies, Dr. appts, etc. All moms put themselves to bed, showered and brushed teeth without me having to tell them, got dressed without a tantrum, entertained themselves, and procured their own food. IT WAS AMAZING! A true rest. The Inn was beautiful and quiet. The Inn keepers were sweet and knowledgeable. The food was some of the best I’ve ever had. I would love to go back as often as possible and plan to!

Rosaura S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful time we had!! I'm so grateful for the opportunity to get much needed rest at The Mast Farm Inn. The accommodations, the food, the camaraderie. So, so good. Looking forward to my next!! Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about this nonprofit to sum up what it means to me. A Mother’s Rest is like putting on our own oxygen masks so that we can help others with their oxygen masks! It is THAT important. AMR is the oxygen mask! When I came to A Mother’s Rest, I was so completely stressed out. I knew I needed a break but it wasn’t until I got here that I realized how badly I needed it. I rested. Truly rested. The other moms were amazing and wonderful — so different but so alike. It truly is a bit of heaven. And it snowed while we were here and it was just magical. The work done here is so vital because we do some much for our kids and families — we neglect ourselves! Taking a bath! A nap! Going for a walk. It all feels indulgent and can be a struggle for a mom. Even though we know we need to do more self-care if we are to better care for others.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My second retreat and it was so better than the first. Only because I understood the experience and was more comfortable in the solitude I so needed. Thank you Andrea for all the work you do to make these respites happen! Already looking forward to the next one!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

So incredibly grateful for having had the opportunity to attend the retreat at Mast Farm Inn. Feeling incredibly blessed to have met these women who are in different stages of this journey we are on. I cherish the new friendships that were made and have such wonderful memories of tears and laughter. I can’t wait for the next one!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the most peaceful time at the Mast Farm Inn. Check in was easy, snacks and coffee was ready, breakfast was fabulous!! It was comfortable and perfect! I feel rejuvenated and will certainly be looking forward to more retreats. Thank you for this opportunity!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my second “A Mother’s Rest” retreat at the Mast Farm Inn and the reason I came back was the first trip was so wonderful! As a mother of six, three with special needs, finding space to rest has to be planned. It is life giving to go away to a quiet place with other moms who get what you do every day. The Mast Farm Inn does an amazing job with hospitality and providing the perfect environment for rest, peace and healing. I came home from this retreat ready to be a better wife and mom.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A mother’s rest offered me respite from my everyday life at a time I was running on empty. I am so thankful that they see that parents of children with extra needs have needs, too, and offer places to pull away from the daily routine once in a while to rest and recharge before complete exhaustion and burnout. I can not say enough good things about A Mother’s Rest. Thank you! Angela

Kelli Wood R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m so grateful for my weekend at A Mother’s Rest. From the moment I entered the front door I could feel myself begin to relax. I was so fortunate to be part of a group of ladies that I felt like could relate to my experiences. We shared stories and pictures and resources with each other. The 3 nights of comfortable uninterrupted sleep were a treat but the true gift for me was the silence. I was able to just be awake and be by myself. That may sound crazy but it was a gift.

Advisor

Rating: 5

This was my first mother’s retreat and the trip was excellent. We stayed at the Mast Farm Inn in NC. The inn itself was beautiful as well as the cottages and cabins. The innkeeper and staff were very sweet and helpful, the breakfast and desserts were amazing. All in all it was great trip with friends and new friends who can relate to the challenges of having children with special needs. Thanks so much AMR and mast inn for this great opportunity

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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 had the pleasure of spending an incredible weekend with fellow moms. It was exactly what I needed to recharge and come back to my children. I can't say enough about this organization. An absolute blessing!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was SO blessed to go on a moms retreat to a lovely b&b. It was SO restful and I got to spend time with another momma I knew as well as get to know some new ones. It was such a smoothly done thing from start to finish. We were free to hang out together and have fun and share....or just hide away and rest. THANK YOU Andrea for all that you do!!!

Mimi H.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AMAZING!!!! I was able to get away for a weekend in Oct. and cannot wait to do it again! Really lke that there’s no expectations - I had some social time with the other moms and also took one day of just being by myself. The 3rd night also makes big difference (compared to a normal Fri-Sun weekend getaway).

Carrie B.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a mom of three kids ages 11, 9, & 3, and my youngest child has Down syndrome. A Mother’s Rest gave me three nights of uninterrupted sleep of which I was completely deprived. I came back home feeling refreshed and full of energy again. I was able to handle the little daily things better than before my respite retreat. This non-profit organization provides these retreats to moms like me at low or no cost. The only rule for the moms is to allow the other mom(s) complete privacy while each is in her room. So you can sleep as long as you want! But what’s great is having the option to come out of your room and have another mom in the living room or kitchen or other common area and she is also there for a respite and then you have a buddy for dinner. It is wonderful.

Brianna Peterson B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Back in November I had an amazing retreat way with other moms like me. I don’t think I could thank the donors enough for the opportunity to get away for a small break to renew myself for my kiddos. The Montgomery Inn B&B was gorgeous and food was amazing

Client Served

Rating: 5

I went on a retreat through A mother’s rest to a partner inn in GA. Both the inn they partnered with (The Horse Stamp Inn) and the organization were amazing and the whole experience was more than I could have ever hoped for. I highly recommend any mom in the trenches of raising a child with extra needs to take advantage of A Mother’s Rest. Rest is important!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Author Chris Heuretz says, "Sabbath is for rest. Retreats are for reflection. Vacations are for recreation. Sabbatical is for renewal. When we don't honor our rhythms and neglect caring for ourselves, then the luxury of sabbatical ends up being wasted on recovery."

Without the insistence of my husband (who knows my tendencies toward workaholism and false guilt), I would have missed this needed time to retreat, reflect, and rest. The opportunities I had to write, read, Christmas shop, and engage at leisure with other selfless advocates caring for their family members was a gift.

I'm so very grateful for A Mother's Rest--for their vision & passion to serve those who need a break from the hypervigilence (and fatigue) that often comes with the role of caregiving.

The beautiful accommodations, the delicious food, the kind & generous volunteers, the quiet, and the freedom to retreat at will were exactly what I needed to honor my rhythms and prevent recovery.

To Andrea and all who make AMR a true respite, thank you, thank you, thank you.

Evie V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As I drove to "A Mother's Rest" to begin my weekend of respite, I was squeezing in as many cell calls as possible to turn over contact numbers and information. My sons were taking over my usual caregiver responsibilities. The care needs of my loved one were changing.. We were teetering from the news that my young husband (65 yrs) and father of 2 young men was now in the end stage of his life. Our children insisted I still show up AND stay for the long respite weekend, as planned. I thought I should bail. It seemed like it was the worst possible timing. I discovered just the opposite - it was perfect timing and exactly what I needed.
I had many comfy seating choices. I got to choose when I wanted to sit in a quite out of the way space and and when I wanted to be around the other women. I would, sleep, rest, reflect, watch the squirrels, write, and enjoy the company of passionate caregivers. We each knew a part of the others' challenges and heartaches because it was also part of our story. Conversations were easy, but not required. The downtown location of this quaint town was a perfect setting with no hustle. What I didn't expect was to be inspired.. Laura Roberts, the founder, makes us all want to think bigger than ourselves and our singular story. Together we were all women on respite who could honor the boldness of each mother who chooses problem solving and advocacy over anger or resentment. Rest can change perspective. Rest can equip for the next chapter. Rest can put breath back in our lungs. Respite can open a heart to get back to that sweet first love experience. "A Mother's Rest" did all of this for me. I look forward to passing on to others a weekend of respite. I am now part of the tribe and I am grateful for all those I am joining.

1 kidzx6mom

Client Served

Rating: 5

Why do people go to an AMR retreat? At the wonderful weekend I just attended at the Montgomery Inn in Versailles, KY there were many reasons! I'm a stay at home mom who needed to be away from my house and to be able to just turn off my "mommy radar" so that my brain could stop spinning. For other moms, they needed an uninterrupted night's sleep and physical rest. Another mom completed a huge writing task because she had peace and quiet to focus. And yet another mom spent special time with a sister. Another mom finished some of her college work. Some moms explored the area and some moms stayed close to the inn. Some of us read books, or knitted, or watched movies, or slept late. And that's the point. Each of us at this retreat had different needs, different stories, and different life challenges. We were young and older, married and single, small families and big.... but we connected. We were encouraged. We were blessed. Do take advantage of a weekend away with AMR if you can. I believe you'll be glad you did!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is such a wonderful idea and so needed. I'm a mom of 6 with one child having Down syndrome. Being a mom in general will wear you down and respite is a life changer but seldom encouraged. Moms tend to put themselves last and that isn't healthy for the mom or the marriage or the family. Having a child or children with special needs obviously makes the need even greater. Andrea's heart to not only meet the need for respite through partnerships with B&B's across the country but to also be a spokesperson for moms/caregivers and their essential need for rest is tremendous. To top it off, A Mother's Rest keeps the whole family in mind and sets up all types of respite for fathers, siblings, mom and me, grandparents, etc. I can't wait to take advantage of one of the wonderful retreats being planned!

Lynne S.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had my first respite stay at the beautiful inn in New Market, MD this November. The inn is so beautiful and Andrea such a warm and gracious hostess! I was a caregiver for my mother for 11 years and, after she passed away in October, the inn was a perfect way to regroup and relax. My sister has had several respite stays at different locations and now we hope to visit many more together in the future! Thank you, thank you, thank you for a wonderful stay!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just had 2 days at the inn located in New Market, MD. It was so accommodating and the others parents there also so easy going. The purpose of this non profit is to give us a rest and I could have it. Looking forward to more days in the future and also to see more people coming with affordable stays.