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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. With the help of bed and breakfast inn partners, we organize retreats nationwide for parents who desperately need a few days away for recuperative rest. Our Home Base Initiative in Afton/Batesville, VA seeks to build our own respite inn, as well as provide employment and educational opportunities for the disabled in a coffee shop, wine tasting spot, therapeutic rescue animal farm, garden market, thrift shop, and other valuable community resources.

Results: As of July 2017, (2) respite retreats have been completed, with (10) 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 and adults with extra needs

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

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: respite retreats, summer camp grants, child care, material and financial assistance, employment & educational opportunities for disabled individuals in central Virginia.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am SO grateful for this foundation! I happened to stumble across A Mother's Rest and it blew my mind that this was a thing that existed. It sounded too good to be true, to be honest. I saw a B&B in Annapolis that was available for a weekend (donated!!!) and contacted AMR. Andrea was extremely responsive and I instantly enjoyed talking to her (I loved AMR before I even understood what it was for)! I only live minutes from Annapolis, so it was more or less a "staycation" for me. I just wanted to get away from the house, stop doing laundry for a weekend, let the grandparents watch my little girl, and just "check out." My incredible daughter has Down syndrome and was very recently dual-diagnosed with ASD. She is my entire heart, soul and world. Between raising her as a single mom, going to school full time, working part time, and helping to start a non-profit in Annapolis, I am tired. I needed to get away from everything and just take some time to myself.

I was still skeptical about the whole thing, but my "staycation" at Meadow Gardens B&B was absolutely perfect. The innkeeper was a wonderful woman with a beautiful home. I had my own bedroom, bathroom AND living room! I've never had a more delicious breakfast in my life! To top it all off, it snowed in Annapolis :) There is nothing more peaceful than sitting in a sunroom, eating a wonderful breakfast (that you didn't have to cook OR clean!) and watching the snow fall. I got all my Christmas shopping done AND wrapped most of my presents! I enjoyed a bottle of wine, a nice dinner and laid around in my pajamas Friday night!

Thank you so much to Andrea, AMR, and Meadow Gardens B&B for the much needed weekend getaway!

Diana H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m a mother with five children, three with special needs. My Retreat to Florida allowed me exactly the break I needed to be completely refreshed. It was an amazing opportunity to run next to the rays as they swam next to me. Thank you A Mother’s Rest!

Writer

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just returned from the Buddy Cruise with AMR. What a wonderful group of new friends who get .... life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was so wonderful to be able to have a weekend to rest & make new friends

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had never heard of AMR, but just two days after hearing about it, I was enjoying the best rest I ever had since becoming a mom. Andrea is a genius for coming up with this idea, and being able to fund it. It was so easy to sign up and attend a carefree weekend with other moms in the same situation. I know the cherished memories will last a very long time, maybe forever. If you are able to go to one of these, please do. I didn't know anyone going, and I feel like I found new friends, as the bond is so great when you have a child/children with special needs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I experienced one of AMR's retreats in the Catskills.
What a delight!
I highly recommend it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can not say enough about how important respite is. Not only a break from the daily needs of your children with extra needs but the opportunity to connect with others who are walking a similar path is priceless. This is an amazing organisation that is providing a critical, overlooked need.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A wonderful idea and Andrea is so wonderful and easy to work with!! I'm looking forward to my retreat in September!!!

Karen403

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love how this is open to all parents/caregivers with children of all unique needs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As the mother of a child with extra needs, I can't tell you how often I've wished for an organization like this in my life. While I've not been on my retreat as yet, I'm booked and going on my first one in October 2017. This will be the very first time I've had a break in 14 years and I owe it all to AMR, as I would never have been able to afford it on my own nor would I have ever gone by myself. The thought of being able to connect with individuals who know what's it's like to be "me" on this upcoming retreat is priceless. AMR is helping to fill a huge gap in the world of our families, one that's usually forgotten in the urge to assist the children; the parents are not inexhaustible and we need respite.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The vision and heart of AMR and it's founder are unparalleled. When Andrea first spoke to me about this project, my thoughts as a single mom were "Yes, please"!!! I know the challenges as a single mother and the desperate need for down time that rarely came. The needing time to recharge and regroup or simply get a break. And in order to do so I had to think of the expense of child care plus costs for me to get away.

That being said, I can only appreciate the challenges and just as desperate and most likely a more frequent need for time to recharge, regroup and energize for parents of children with special needs. I can appreciate, but not fully understand, the complexity for those parents to find the appropriate qualified care, the cost of that care AND compound it with the cost of going away. And like me the added stress of figuring out the cost was and is prohibitive.

The vision of A Mother's Rest to provide a place at a deep, deep discount or no cost at all to the special needs (SN) parents where they can recharge, regroup and fellowship with other SN parents is unheard of but much needed. To remove that burden from those who already carry a heavy weight is a blessing. I hope that the full vision of AMR is reached and reached soon and I am proud and happy to be any part of making this happen.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've known Andrea for 14 years and I'm so excited about AMR. I can't wait to experience the Mommy & Me retreat next March! This will give me the opportunity to spend some very much needed time alone with my typical daughter. Thank you, Andrea and AMR, for your vision!!

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This charity understands the need for respite. Besides providing a way for respite they provide articles and connections to parents seeking help.

Andrea105

Advisor

Rating: 5

AMR is filling a significant gap in service in the special needs community. These families are real and the stresses are real. We as a community can support our own by ensuring caregivers get the adequate rest they need to be their very best for their *children*. Thank you for sharing and giving! www.amothersrest.org

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Andrea helps mothers of kiddos with special needs get rest, and get rejuvenated so they can be the best moms they can be.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful support system for families with special needs children!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A Mothers Rest is just what the special needs community has been needing. Being a parent/caregiver of someone with a disability is one of the most rewarding experiences ...but it can also be tiring. You truly cannot take care of someone you love if you do not take care of yourself. A Mothers Rest gives opportunities for the caregiver/parent to rest, relax and recharge.