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A Mother's Rest Charitable Respite Foundation

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Causes: Counseling, Mental Health

Mission: A Mother's Rest is a 501c3 health initiative which coordinates affordable, frequent, nationwide respite retreats exclusively for parents & caregivers of disabled children and adults. We also host spouses of wounded veterans, special educators, adoptive families, military families, and those caring for their own elderly parents at home. With the help of bed and breakfast inn partners, we provide opportunities for recuperative rest and therapeutic fellowship for caregivers who desperately need a few days away from their caregiving environment. In Fall 2018, we purchased our the nation's first respite inn in New Market, MD (The Terrace Guest House & Respite Inn). That is open year-round, every weekend, exclusively for parents & caregivers for only a small donation. In Jan 2020, we purchased a 2nd signature respite inn in Mt. Airy, GA to support our Southeast Region families. Longer term goals include owning our own flagship respite inns in multiple regions. In Virginia, we are planning a respite CAMPUS that will include an inn, a coffee shop, wine tasting spot, therapeutic rescue animal farm, garden market, thrift shop, and other valuable community resources.

Results: As of September 2021, (412) respite retreats have been completed, with (122) more already scheduled. Our Signature Inns in New Market, MD and Mt. Airy, GA are completely dependent on financial support from guests, individual philanthropic giving, local churches, civic groups, and community foundations. For FY 2022, we are actively seeking to purchase a 3rd respite inn located in Eastern NC, so we can better serve our coastal families and veterans/military caregivers.

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: nearly 1000 weary parents & caregivers

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

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

Community Stories

208 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I went with a couple of friends for a respite weekend at Lawton Manor. I was expecting a relaxing weekend, but I didn’t expect the reset for my soul. They only ask for $50 to spend three nights at this wonderful home. Every other time I have wanted to try and get away I have felt guilty about the cost in addition to burdening my husband. It has been a financial hardship for me to get away. I did not have that weight on my shoulders while trying to forget about everything at home for a weekend. A Mother’s Rest does exactly what it says - I received an unbelievably restful weekend. On Monday morning I was panicked that I needed to be out before 11. After a Facebook search I realized I could stay all day on Monday. What a relief. No stress. It was just what I needed. I told everyone in my family that whenever I pass, I want A Mother’s Rest to receive funds. Unfortunately I have had a couple of people pass unexpectedly recently which is why I wanted everyone to know. The low cost, and low stress requirements, for a necessary soul reset is something no other charity offers. I am a forever supporter.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The weekend I spent at Lawton Place Manor lifted my soul and gave me the time I needed to rest and reset. The women I met over my weekend inspired me, encouraged me and gave me a refreshed mindset. Leaving was so hard… not just because I had to leave such a peaceful home… but because I was leaving a group of friends. So incredibly thankful for this organization and for the work Andrea and all the innkeepers do providing much needed, low cost respite weekends for special needs moms. I included some photos of my fave spots… reading and painting in the sunrooms, group of warrior mamas and my fave spot in the whole house… pure peace. Please consider supporting this amazing organization!!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We stayed here for the November 2021 couples retreat. It was absolutely perfect. Such a cozy and tastefully decorated home, lots of opportunities to explore the area and just a wonderful time to relax and recharge as a couple. We are very thankful for this opportunity and forever grateful for the generosity that allowed us this time.

2 Doreen V.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We just had the best moms rest weekend in Ashland oregon. It was so great to meet all the moms who have similar and different journeys but all the same, need to just breathe take a break, and be refreshed so we can be the caregivers we want to be for our exceptional kids. Thank you, AMR for bringing your wonderful retreats to the west coast. grateful mom - Doreen

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been blessed to attend two Mother's Rest weekends. Both have been wonderful and relaxing. What an amazing vision to care for mothers of special needs children.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended my first respite weekend in August and it was amazing!
I cannot remember a time being on my own for more than a few hours in the 7 years since my girls were born.
I was fortunate to have booked a suite with a jetted tub! I used that daily and spent many hours relaxing in the pool.
It was nice to talk with other moms who understood what it’s like with special needs & medically complex kids.
I am so thankful for to have had the opportunity!

2 Julie W.18

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful experience. As a mama with an extraordinary little girl. Sleep is a rare occurrence. It was nice to be able to take a couple of days for me and make new friends with wonderful women in the same boat.

3 cadence12

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great organization and I have gone on 2 retreats that I signed up for. I have needed these solo trips to recharge since I am taking care of my autistic son. Andrea has worked with the best bed and breakfast inns and the stays have been restful and fun to connect with other women who share similar lives as caregivers to those who have disabilities. I plan on attending more retreats in the future and visiting her year round inn in Maryland.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

For years I have felt a need to occasionally get away to rest and recoup from life as a caregiver. Weekends away are usually expensive, but A Mother’s Rest has made them affordable, therefore enabling me to take the time when I need it. It does wonders for my mental health to have time alone or with other caregiver friends, with no responsibilities for a few nights. When I go home, I am refreshed and able to care for my daughter better. This non profit organization is essential for families like mine.

1 HeidiJMoore

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing nonprofit that allows Mom’s to rest and recharge which is so important when raising a child/adult with a disability. I’ve been at this for 21 yrs now with my amazing son who has Down syndrome, autism and cancer survivor. It is rewarding life but exhausting. A Mother’s Rest gave me the weekend I needed to recharge to continue on. So thankful for this amazing organization. Rest is so important.

1 Danielle L.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am beyond grateful to have gotten to spend 4 incredible nights at the Terrace House Inn, part of A Mother's Rest respite. It is a gorgeous house with a beautiful yard (where I'd watch the chipmunks and birds come and go to the birdfeeder each morning!). Even more wonderful was the rare and critically needed chance to get to spend time with other moms of kids with challenging health issues who just GET IT. #solidarity This is such an amazing idea for a non-profit and I hope that others will support it. We parents need to recharge - this is a life-long tough slog for our kids, and for us as well. A Mother's Rest allowed me to do that and get the support from other amazing moms that I desperately needed.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Have you ever gotten a break to get away? If you’re a caregiver of a child with high-support needs like me, you’re probably thinking, “No way! Are you kidding?” If that is your reaction, like it was mine, DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN to get to A Mother’s Rest caregiver retreat. A Mother’s Rest is a fabulous charity that coordinates small, affordable respite events at participating B&Bs. I still am in shock that this worked out. IT WAS SUCH A TREAT. I know I’m screaming it but I can’t emphasize it how much I needed this respite break.

Depending on the day, I either (A) scroll social media with delight. I think, wow, my friends are in an exotic place, how fun! Or (B) Say WTF? These lucky ducks are on the move again. I will never get to go anywhere. This stinks! Let’s just say I experienced a virtual lockdown long before anyone knew anything about a global pandemic.

So, when I saw a post about a respite retreat, I thought it was the longest of long shots. I was fantasy-daydreaming of visiting the Olympics in Tokyo, finally seeing Hawaii, or doing the requisite Disney family trip. Could Kalamazoo fill in as my adventure? And by myself! What? Could I really push it and bring a caregiver friend? I thought of my friend Kerry with four kids with challenges, and thought, what the heck, I’ll ask her if she will join me and see what happens.

The stars aligned and my friend’s schedule cleared, my husband was able to take off work, and miracle of miracles, Kerry and I travelled from suburban Chicago to Kalamazoo, Michigan. We went on a wonderful 3-night respite trip. No plans, no required meet-and-greet with the group, no B.S, at all. Just time to rest! A true respite.

We stayed at the fabulous Stuart Avenue Inn. Everything was top notch. Gorgeous vintage home in a historic neighborhood. Super friendly innkeepers, Dana and Chris. Tasty breakfast food. Peace and quiet. Andrea from A Mother’s Rest coordinated everything perfectly.

This three-night stay meant the absolute world to me!

1 Candy W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Honestly, there are not enough beautiful, comforting and words of thankfulness to describe how much having a place like to go to for some much needed R & R means to me! I love that it’s only a little over an hour away from home so if needed, I can go home without having a long drive. I truly wish I could go every single weekend. It is medicine for my soul and I get reenergized to go home and face my realty in raising my son with disabilities who is my world and I wouldn’t trade him for anything...but the breaks to go the A Mother’s Rest are so appreciated. Meeting other great and inspiring moms is a bonus! Thank you again Andrea for all you do for us tired and weary Moms. Much love to you and those who bring us breakfast and special treats ❤️❤️

1 Kristi Jones H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I visited Lawton Place Manor in Mt. Airy, GA with my mother over Mother’s Day weekend 2021. This nonprofit and the service they provide is the most impactful I have ever been fortunate enough to receive. As the parent to a child with multiple disabilities, I have fought for over 12 years for my child - with the government, schools, medical provider, therapy providers, you name it, I’ve done it. It is a hard and exhausting job. I would do anything for my child but the stress and exhaustion is real. Having a place to go and rest at a price that is affordable was truly incredible. I can’t wait to go back and I now recommend it to everyone I know that cares for a family member with a disability.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My first time at AMR- Lawton Manor was an amazing women’s trip. I met some fantastic women and it was reassuring to know that I wasn’t the only one who thought, felt, struggled with some of the same issues. It is a beautiful manor and so much to do around that area. Cannot wait until my next trip.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just wanted to thank you for this weekend. It’s been an extremely emotionally difficult year for me. AMR has kept me sane. This weekend was exactly what I needed. It gave me time to reflect, pray and relax! I’m going home ready to return to caregiving and the daily challenges that we face.
I cannot thank you enough for all that you do to provide respite for struggling Mamas!!! ❤️

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Prior to going here I hadn't had a break in over 7 years. I was exhausted frazzled and felt alone. This gave me time to start resting, regroup, meet others who had similar experiences, and at times get much needed advice and support.

Hang with the group or stay in your room. There is no pressure, just love, understanding and relaxation.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Such an AMAZING organization! As a mom of three children with special needs, the respite provided by A Mother’s Rest is a LIFESAVER! The retreat date on the calendar gets me through the hard days and my weekend away sends me home refreshed and ready to be the best mom I can be to my littles.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have attended several retreats in Maryland and at Partner B&Bs and each time is a gift. I find rest and rejuvenation which strengthens me to return home to card for 3 children with disabilities. There is no counseling, therapy, psychologist or psychiatrist that helps me to cope with the demands of parenting as much as AMR. ❤️

1 Lori R.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Went on my first retreat with AMR to Jekyll Island and loved every minute!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

An invaluable resource to caregivers and other foster parents like me - exhausted, but motivated to persist and help others. I can’t explain how much a weekend here helped me to refocus, rest, and get rejuvenated so that I can continue in my work to support others instead of burning out completely and giving up. Priceless!! Thank you!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization that gives caregivers (in my case a mom two two children with special needs) a beautiful and relaxing escape. It allows us to get the respite that I can almost guarantee most of us would never get without an organization like this. We can make new friends who have walked similar paths, relax, sleep, and fill our cups in a variety of ways. From the moment you enter Lawton Manor Inn you feel like you are home and with people who understand you. The beautiful thing is that you can make your respite weekend to tailor exactly what are needing to heal your soul and spirit. Whether that is hibernating in your gorgeous room all weekend and sleeping, being social and having adventures with other visitors or being one with nature and taking in all the sights the options are really endless. This organization really makes your respite all about you and is really a lifeline for caregivers who very often are doing nothing to care for themselves. I am so thankful for A Mother’s Rest and as always am looking forward to my next stay.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

loved the quiet respite, amazing location, welcoming innkeepers, and fantastic space.

a bonus treat of being strengthened by encouraging moms in the same journey

1 Renee K.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Oak Creek Lodge is a great place for relaxation, entertainment (game room downstairs), pool, huge grounds to roam. The food was awesome and the other mom’s were very nice as well! Can’t wait to go back!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to spend a weekend at one of the respite locations. This was the most peaceful and warm space I've ever been in. This organization makes sure that moms and/or dads are given the chance to take great care of themselves so that we can take care of our loved ones. I really appreciate this gift. Thank you so much!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Spent last weekend, June 25-28, 2021, finally helping myself for a change! My first A Mother's Rest retreat was spent at The Stuart Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast in Kalamazoo Mi. On arrival, a goodie bag was in my lovely, well-appointed room, complete with a kazoo for Kalamazoo!! Whimsy, charm and vintage surroundings abounded. Dana and Chris were kind and caring hosts. We even had a bonus 4 pm high tea on Saturday and a scrumptious rustic peach tart Sunday evening. Breakfasts were a meal to really look forward to! Knowing you can't keep pouring from an empty cup gave me the reason to refill mine! Good thing I did, too! As life for caregivers never gets easier, I had challenges to face this past week. However, I had renewed strength to deal with them because of my break. Thank you, A Mother's Rest and The Stuart Avenue Bed and Breakfast, for giving me time to recharge!♡

1 Melissa B.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

A Mother's Rest is amazing! This organization provides the much needed fresh breath parents of special needs children are in desperate need of! I am so thankful for Andrea and the other volunteers!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for a much needed opportunity to refresh! This weekend gave me exactly what I needed to regroup and be a strong mama again in this crazy life of mine!

1 Elba O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Have had 2 respite weekends at the GA location and they were both wonderful!!! Restful and rejuvenating, and made new best friends among other moms who GET IT!!! Swimming pool is fabulous, the house is in excellent condition, well-cared for, rooms spotless, beds & pillows heavenly, kitchen well-stocked, coffee gets my highest review. Charming restaurants in close by town, just about 20mins to Helen. Can't wait to go back!!!

2 Jessica P.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a mother to a spicy 11 year old with Down syndrome, I was able to attend the Mommy and Me retreat this past weekend in Jeckyll Island with my child, Sammy and an extra daughter (aka niece), Kate. My mother, a full-time caregiver of my blind and disabled father, was able to join with a room of her own and brought my sister along as her guest. It was a lovely family affair at the most beautiful resort! We hadn't seen each other for 15 months and the reunion was ever so delightful! This This was the first time my mother and I have been able to travel without the extra concern and added weight of caring for our dependents with special needs. We adore these loved ones, and can't imagine life without them, but this Jeckyll Island trip allowed us a freedom to relax that neither of us have experienced for many years. Thank you, A Mother's Rest. My soul is renewed. My spirit is filled with light. My heart is full of love.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was able to find rest at Jekyll Island this past weekend, it was the perfect amount of time away with my mom and daughter. I was able to meet several other moms during the weekend and the encouragement was endless. I didn’t realize how much I needed this time with my sweet family but also, how much I needed the rest. Thank you for providing this opportunity, I look forward to coming back next year. We are hoping to make it an annual girls trip.

1 bradeckx

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Had a great weekend with the guys. We hung out by the fire pit and listened to Bill unplugged, did some light saber "fights", saw a movie, ate great food, and learned more than we could ever have expected about bourbon. It was a great weekend to get to know each other, our kids, our struggles, and generally rest. Thanks for a great weekend guys. #awesomeplacetostay at Wild Wisteria Bed and Breakfast.

1 Patricia N.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The opportunity to have some much needed down time and rest is invaluable. The ladies I met and the ability to talk to someone who understands you and your story meant more than anything. It was refreshing to only have to take care of me, if only for the weekend. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My weekend at the Terrace Guest House was amazing! I made new friends, enjoyed rest/ relaxation & had some amazing cheesecake. The house was beautiful, welcoming & cozy. Amy greeted us as we came in Friday and was very helpful too. Thank you Andrea & all those who make this possible. I am so grateful for the experience!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

This place is amazing these women are all true heroes! I'm a military wife and mom to special needs child. I never knew places like this existed until one of my neighbors who is also a special needs mom told me about it. I not one to usually express myself I'm an introvert with horrible anxiety I dont like trying new things and going out on my own with strangers. I was at the end of my rope stressed beyond stressed. I cant explain it entirely but there is somthing truly amazing and therapeutic about being around other moms who struggle daily with the same thing I do. A place where you dont feel judged or different or like your not enough. A place where you feel amazing and special. A place you get that long overdue rest you thought would never come both mentally and physically. A place you can meet true friends that are also family. Andrea I cant ever thank you enough for making this possible it truly meant the world to have that much needed long overdue break and for once to feel like I was enough. TGH snow queens it was an amazing weekend and I hope to do it again sooner rather than later!

2 Heather TR

Client Served

Rating: 5

Caregivers often don't know how much they need rest. We just keep going, and going, and going. The needs are great. But it's like sitting in your chair and reading a book you can't put down. You're reading by the light from the window but you're so engrossed in the book, you don't notice the sun went down and you are reading in fading light. It's near dark but you keep reading...until someone turns on a light. Wow! You didn't know you needed that lamp turned on but you did and it makes all the difference.

That was and is me. I am the parent of a young adult with a disability. My first stay at The Terrace Guest House was everything I needed but didn't know I needed. Peaceful. Quiet. MY schedule and activities that *I* chose. No medication to dose. No meals to prepare except my own. No questions to answer or needs to meet...except my own. I didn't know what I needed until someone turned on a lamp for me.

My grateful thanks to A Mother's Rest and all of your supporters. I returned to my family truly refreshed. Not just in body but in soul as well. As a parent and as a leader in my community serving families of individuals with disabilities, I can't say enough how crucial this kind of support is for caregivers. I see the need in others and I now I am more aware of my own needs as well.

Thank you for turning the lights on!

3 Deena W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about Andrea and this organization! I've been fortunate to go away a few times to different locations and I come back home refreshed and renewed in spirit. I'm more patient and my whole family sees the difference in me after I've done nothing but rest for the weekend. Being a caregiver is 24/7 and while I'm blessed to be my daughter's mom, it means the world that this organization and all the inns that partner with them really SEE us and value our role. Thank you from the very bottom of my heart! (Also, breakfast in bed doesn't hurt- lol)

2 Karey S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This place is amazing! Not only did I have an opportunity to meet and share stories with other Moms whose kids struggle with the same disease mine does I also got to sleep! It’s a beautiful place and an amazing service for people who need it the most.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had such a wonderful time at the Lawton Manor cottage. It was so peaceful and beautifully decorated. The house was set up with everything we needed from kitchen utensils to bathroom supplies.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was blessed to find this respite weekend! It was beautiful, quiet nourishment for my soul. The location is perfect and picturesque, can’t wait to sign up for next year.

2 Christina Selby S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This retreat was just a blessing! It was very comfy and welcoming. Nestled in the beautiful mountains but not far from town. The rooms are so cute and my bed slept good! I can’t want to go back!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve been several times and always have such a wonderful time. I’ve met several women who I still keep in contact with. Andrea has created such an inviting and caring environment and I would highly recommend going if you haven’t already.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the mother of a child with a rare neurogenetic disease that causes profound autism, intellectual disability, a seizure disorder and other challenges. I would never trade her for anything in the world but managing her care, advocating for her needs and supporting her is absolutely exhausting. I spend so much time fighting to get her the supports she needs. This is exactly why A Mother's Rest was such a blessing to me. To be able to go to a safe place where I didn't have to explain my exhaustion and where I could truly rest was amazing. This non profit makes it simple and extremely cost effective for parents/caregivers to be able to take the time they need to refresh. I looked forward to my stay at the Terrace House for months. It got me through the tough days. I had no idea how beautiful it would be or how well managed. It seemed like every small detail had been considered. Having access to a retreat of this kind feels like a lifeline to a weary caregiver and I hope this nonprofit and others like it will get the support they need to expand throughout the country.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I stayed at A Mother's Rest oct 16-19 2020. I had such a relaxing, unforgettable stay. A Mother's Rest goes above and beyond to ensure comfort for all guests. I have not been as relaxed as I was in a very long time. While staying at A Mother's Rest I met some amazing women and I am forever grateful for such a wonderful experience. I hope to return again soon.

4 Dominic K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a dad with a special needs child, I need to be "on" 24-7. Most days are long and exhausting. But I need take care of myself so I can take care of others with patience and love. Opportunities to rest and recuperate (both physically and mentally), are rare. That's why I'm so grateful to A Mother's Rest for providing me a special gift: a quiet, restful weekend escape. I appreciate this non-profit and their mission, as well as generosity of the donors who make it possible.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

A beautiful home with meditative surroundings, cozy furnishings and welcoming hosts.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5


I just returned from spending two nights and three days with six women I had never met at a home that is located only a few miles from my own house. And I loved it! I absolutely cannot wait to do it again. Why was this time spent with strangers so close to my own home, away from my four kids and husband so special? Let me fill you in.

A respite inn designed for giving caregivers a much needed rest opened about two years ago in my hometown. It is located so close to my house it seemed silly to even consider staying there. How could a stay in a home so close to my own provide me any kind of rest? I finally decided though after hearing from so many others on a social media group as to how restful it was to stay that I would go ahead and make a reservation. I booked a room for a stay which was eight months away. If I needed to cancel, I had a few excuses ready and waiting if needed. My son was sick, my mom needed my help, etc. If needed, I could back out. The weekend approached, I received an email reminder from the owner about my stay and she asked for confirmation that I would be coming. Did I really want to go? I knew I needed a break, but did I REALLY need a break? I had just come back from a family vacation. I was good. I rarely get away from my four kids. I can count on one hand the number of times I have actually done that in 21 years as a mom. I was just about to cancel, when my husband pushed me and said, “just go”. So, I did.

I arrived at 5pm on a Friday evening at The Terrace Guest House in New Market, Maryland. From the street you will see the house is a beautiful, all brick, historic tavern home nestled among other historical homes in a very quaint and charming town, but the home is located on Main Street which is quite busy. I have to admit I’m a little skeptical. How am I gonna rest here?

I enter through the front door and immediately a warmth takes over. Oddly, the sounds of the passing traffic are non-existent. The steps I am taking on the rustic hardwood floors are the sounds I am noticing now. It’s clear this house has some history to it. It’s beautiful inside. The stairwell is right in front of me, but I am drawn straight ahead to the kitchen. It is full of the modern amenities that are necessary in any state of the art kitchen today, but the wood beams add a homey, old timey warmth. On the butcher block countertop is a sign that welcomes me and the other six house guests. A quick turn to the left is a sun porch that overlooks an immaculate backyard garden area. The area is bustling with colorful birds, energetic squirrels, cute chipmunks and rabbits. (I didn’t realize it then, but I would soon be enamoured in every move all these creatures would make throughout the day.) I find myself admiring things like the wallpaper, and touching the lush blankets draped over chairs instead of what I am usually looking for which is a way to get my son’s wheelchair in and around the house, or picking out the best spot to change him. I am drawn to continue exploring this warm, inviting space. At each turn, every decoration, detail and furnishing is perfectly in place. There’s a lot to explore here. Thankfully, I have all weekend to do so.

In the living room of the house, I was welcomed by four of the guests. We shared a little about ourselves, and a little about our sons and daughters who share the same diagnosis. Our kids all live with the diagnosis of Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS). LGS is a rare form of epilepsy. Those who suffer from it deal with daily seizures, take many medications that do not offer much help, often have intellectual delays and/or behaviour issues, and a host of other issues. We live in different states, have different aged kids, but our stories were all very similar. Most of our days are taken up with scary seizures, medication dosing, doctor appointments, diaper changing, therapy appointments. I had never met these ladies, but very quickly realized we were living very similar lives, full time caregiving and very little rest. They were just as educated as me on CBD Oils, epilepsy medications, excellent doctors and hospitals, ER visits, behaviors, seizure safety. It was refreshing to be around others who get all that comes with the LGS diagnosis.

My four kids, including my 21 year old son who is diagnosed with LGS were at home with my husband. He would pull double duty this weekend, taking time off work, and taking care of all the activity at my home. One mom had arranged with several different caregivers in several different homes to stay with her son so she could be there, another had relied on close family members. We had all made arrangements long ago, some easier then others just so we could benefit the most from this much needed time away.

Very quickly, we learned that we all were coming from pretty much the same place. We understood each other. We know how common it is for others to take an uninterrupted night of sleep, time alone, time to just read a book, or to eat a meal, or to shop without anyone else for granted. These weren’t things we were used to. We were all here to simply get some sleep, have some quiet time, and to just get a break from the caregiving we do every second of our days. We wanted to sleep without our child screaming for us, or without a seizure waking us up. We wanted to read a book in one sitting. We wanted to eat at the seafood place we usually cannot eat at because our child won't sit at a restaurant quietly for that long of a time. It was immediately clear we were all grateful to be away here in this cozy space with other mothers who can relate.

Our first (and only) important decision of the night, was where would we have dinner? And guess what? We really did eat dinner at a restaurant we chose, at a time we chose, and we simply enjoyed the taste of the food, all while enjoying each other’s company. During dinner our conversations turned to favorite movies or tv shows, favorite mixed beverages, what we would be doing in our own free time this weekend. The worries of seizures, administering medications, caregiving had thankfully taken a back seat. That was so refreshing.

We arrived back at the Inn on that first evening and enjoyed a little more conversation, and then we all went our separate ways. I was delighted to make my way to my comfortable room. I couldn’t wait to climb into the bed which was so plush and inviting. Gosh. I was truly alone. I am rarely alone. I chose to read. I could hear in the distance the racing of the cars on the nearby interstate. In another time, I may have been bothered by that noise, but here and now it was one last reminder for me for the evening that it was okay for me to take time for myself even though all the craziness of the world is still swirling around me. I am quickly, and happily coming to the reality that I have two more days here all to myself. I didn’t realize how much I had really needed this time. I hope that you too can take some time away to rest.

For more information on LGS, please visit ​www.lgsfoundation.org For more information on respite, please visit ​www.amothersrest.org

3 Rebecca B.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

So thankful to A Mother's Rest for the opportunity to get away this weekend to the Rosemont B&B in Utica, NY and connect with other moms of special needs kids. It was the perfect balance of alone time and company, and I left feeling relaxed and refreshed, having made new friends. These retreat weekends are such a lifeline!

4 Brittany V.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m a mom of two special need boys. I have no family and I am constantly on the go. The respite inn gave me a chance to focus on myself for once. It’s amazing. So relaxing and beautiful! I’ve met some wondering people as well. I’m so blessed to have this opportunity so close by. Thank you.

4 Heather B.13

Client Served

Rating: 5

A Mother’s Rest has been a lifeboat for me and so many other exhausted caregivers! They have truly created a welcoming and peaceful environment so that we can just be at peace! For so many of us this is the only time we get to just sit, be still, read, nap, and just rest. I am so thankful for this organization!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Staying at the Terrace Guest House was something I didn't realize I needed until I got there. I got to let all my worries go and just relax. Nothing was expected of me and it was a wonderful relief to get away from the daily demands of being a special needs mom. I am definitely going to make this trip a priority from now on. Thank you A Mother's Rest!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolutely wonderful and will do again very quiet and relaxing with no pressures. Home was inviting and immaculate

4 Tiffany Chesnutt S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Beautiful. Wonderful. Peaceful. Quiet. Respite. Calm. Relaxing. No expectations. Couldn’t be any better place to escape.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What an amazing and necessary non-profit. My husband and I have spent years in the "trenches" of helping our 2 adopted son through extreme trauma from their pasts. It has taken a toll on us and we were desperate for rest. Our boys need 24-7 attention. It was so amazing to attend a couples retreat recently and truly unplug and relax together for the first time in a long time. We believe in this so much that we decided to become monthly donors. There are so many families out there that need this kind of support so we can continue providing excellent care to our loved ones. Thanks AMR for providing this wonderful escape for so many families!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I were able to make the couples retreat at Lawson's Manor. What an incredibly beautiful place! The pool was very nice! I can't tell you how relaxed we were while we stayed there. Thank you for all you do!

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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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3 Tamara S.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is a wonderful charity, a much needed resource for all caregivers, no matter our walk of life. We have in common the need to be able to sigh and let go and rest-for a couple of days-so that we may be our best rejuvenated selves when we get back to our precious loved ones. They don’t ask for any fees and rely on the kindness of partners. It is an amazing group, especially during these times. Keep up the good work

3 lynt

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was the first break i have had in 20 years of caring for my children who have a variety of special needs from ADHD to severe profound disabilities. I spent 5 days away, with only myself to worry about. Spending quality time by the pool, on a beach or wandering about a tropical paradise. Alone. With no worries. Awesome. Thank you A Mother’s Rest!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to add a Dad's perspective to all of the other great reviews, since A Mother's Rest also reaches out to others like me who need a break. Whether you are looking for solitude or the opportunity to make new connections with other caregivers who know what it is like to balance work with parenting one or more children with special needs, this is the perfect place. Both weekends I have attended, I found just the right balance of time alone and time with other guys who 'get it' -- swapping funny stories and also broken dreams. The accommodations were awesome and the location is a quick drive to the Catoctin Mountains and Sugarloaf.

3 Donna Lusignan C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a mom of 2 girls with mental illness issues, I've developed PTSD from all the years of trying to manage the rollercoaster that is mental illness. I cannot say enough about having a place to go to just "be" and take care of us caregivers. There needs to be so many more of these nonprofits and Andrea is the best!
I've attended two of the retreats and I am schedule for another one this month. Time away is key to my sanity and being there for my family.

3 Crystal Feimster I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There has never been a time in my adult life that I was able to care for myself by spending time away. After finding AMR, I have been able to focus on my own mental health and be a much better mother and wife to those I serve. The retreats allow rejuvenation that cannot be achieved at home with those that need us so. I look forward to upcoming respit weekends with this amazing group of people.

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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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The weekend I spent at the Terrace Guest House was such a gift! Having a complete rest from caregiving was absolutely what I needed, and I hope to go back.

4 Lisa Davis N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a very special needs little girl who is 7 years old, and foster medically complex children. I just spent a wonderful weekend at Terrace Guest House with an amazing group of women. I was able to enjoy the peace and quiet or join in conversation with other moms who “get” it. I have a list of new things to try with my littles, and a little boost of energy and motivation to do them. Thanks for making it all possible!

2 Sarah M.16

Client Served

Rating: 5

A fellow foster mom told me about this group and that I NEEDED to register for a weekend away. She was 100% right. I have six kids under the age of seven who are foster/adopted children with emotional and behavioral needs. I stayed at a weekend retreat in New Jersey and it was absolutely perfect. I had no idea had badly I needed to get away and recharge so I could be the best mom for my kids. This group is such a blessing and the impact it has far surpasses just the individuals who attend. Highly recommend!!!

2 Deborah Cantrell H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My travel buddy and I were the first two guests in The Cottage @ Lawton Manor in GA this weekend. What a grand experience! I’ll be sure to share w/ other moms of individuals w/ Down syndrome and other extra needs as well as friends who are caregivers of aging parents, etc.

The cottage is well-appointed and near several restaurants from which we did carry-.out only (think COVID). Innkeeper Sharon and founder Andrea were quite pleasant and especially interested in hearing our ideas of necessary items in the cottage that were missing.

My favorite part was sitting under the trees in the cool breeze this last morning, soaking up the sun & solace. Thank you, ladies, for a great respite!

3 Sarah N.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a great time. As the first guests of the house, we were very welcomed and comfy. Anyone would have a nice relaxing time here. Check out the area restaurants and shops. Sharon and Andrea were very helpful!