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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 October 2020, (256) respite retreats have been completed, with (130) 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.

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

169 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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!

3

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.

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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.

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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.

3 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.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

4

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!

3 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.

3 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!!

3

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

3 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!

2

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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2 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

2 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!

2 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.

2 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.

3 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!

1 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!!!

1 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!

2 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!

1 Gail K.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being at the Mother’s Rest in New Market, Maryland is truly a heaven sent experience. I am so grateful for the opportunity to rest, relax, reflect and renew. I attended the weekend for woman dealing with cancer and it was divine. Every need was anticipated and provided for. Volunteers delivered home made breakfast, delicious baked goods and even brewed a pot of coffee. That is a lovely aroma to waken to. Innkeeper Andrea is the ultimate! The house is gorgeous and has so many little nooks for reading or napping. The inspirational affirmations that are everywhere really have a positive effect. Who doesn’t want to read Good Morning Gorgeous! When they awake.
Many thanks to Andrea and all of the incredible sponsors and volunteers. You are doing the work of angels.

1 Niki B.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This respite retreat has been a god-send in my life. I have three boys; my oldest son is 17, has adhd and is on the spectrum; my middle son is 8, he has reactive attachment disorder from trauma in foster care before we adopted him; my youngest is 2-which in itself should be in medical books as a condition! We don’t have the money for “girls weekends” or overnights in a hotel, but A Mother’s Rest is a wonderful place that allows me to take care of me for a small donation.
I am forever grateful to Andrea and the wonderful volunteers who run the Inn

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was invited to go with a friend of mine and share her room (one room has two twin beds). One of the other guests cancelled so they gave me my own room! They were kind, accommodating, very attentive. It was an amazing local escape.

1 Christy F.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have two elementary aged, busy boys who also happen to have Special Needs. A Mother’s Rest gave us the opportunity to get a way and refresh. We were able to recharge and as a result we will be better parents and caregivers. We were able to partake in activities our boys may never be able to do and get some much needed sleep. Please support A Mother’s Rest and help provide badly needed respite for caregivers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted 5 children with varying special needs as well as having 4 biological children of our own. There have been many years of great struggles. Being tired physically is not nearly as hard as the emotional fatigue. I was blessed to be able to attend the respite retreat at the Mayhurst Inn located in Orange, va. The Inn was absolutely beautiful. The history this inn holds is incredible. The Inn is in the process of changing owners and we were blessed to have both the previous owners and the new ones with us during this time. The retreat was absolutely as advertised. Absolutely no commitment and time to do exactly what “you” want. I will say I did decide to go home an entire day early. The night I arrived and the next day were fabulous as I got to interact with fellow moms who are also in the trenches of special needs. The next day each lady decided to spend the day to themselves and that’s great as that is what the trip says it can be but I am a very social person and truly time alone is not helpful for my mind and soul. I love to get away to be with others but left to sit alone is hard for me, so faced with a a day completely alone I chose to go home to my husband and family. I recommend these retreats as it truly is a time to get away. If you are like me and very social and crave interaction just understand this may not be what happens. I guess it just depends on who comes and what they are looking to get out of it. This is a wonderful ministry and I am blessed to have been able to go and meet new people even if it was just for a little bit of time.

1 Raeleen S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m a mom of 5 age range 24 to 10. Our two youngest kiddos were adopted through DHS and had a rough road to us. Our youngest son through this adoption is the older of the two and takes much of the blame on himself for their life before us. As a result and to no fault of his own, he has CPTSD and severe ADHD. Between putting out daily fires, keeping up with his multiple providers, advocating for him at school, and teaching him hourly about how to get out of our own headspace all while trying to keep up the pace with my other kids, be a supportive wife for my husband, and maintain a home- I am worn. I have taken other solo mom retreats, however I had never heard of A Mother’s Rest until recently when it showed up in a Google search. I can’t even begin to explain how amazing it was to take some time for me to simply sleep. This simple gesture seems to come with the understanding that mothers of kids with extra needs really don’t get as much sleep as they should. The purpose is to simply sleep- no sessions to attend, no schedule to adhere to, no expectations to be social. Just come and sleep, read, walk, contemplate, or stay in your jammies all day. What a beautiful gift.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In January 2020 I participated in my first, A Mother's Rest retreat at the Afton House Inn in Minnesota.
I have two teens/adults with special needs that are 19 with multiple diagnosis. The on going care is exhausting
A Mother's Rest and the Afton House made registration easy and affordable. The staff at Afton House were kind and accommodating.
I shared meals with others mom's, and also had alone time in my room. It was a good balance of socializing and rest.
I'm so grateful for A Mother's Rest and it's partners.

1 Libby Groves M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I stayed at the Terrace Guest House this past weekend and I had the most rest/sleep I’ve had in 8 years! The Inn is beautiful, the beds are like sleeping in a soft cloud; being able to sit, talk, and share meals with similar Moms was priceless! It took courage to realize I needed this but I’m so thankful that I went

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for this opportunity! This was a great weekend get away at the Terrace Guest House in MD. I was able to come back to my family refreshed and ready to face what may come! Also met some pretty awesome ladies and learned that I am not alone in my adventure of special needs! Thanks ladies for a great weekend! #blessed#spitslap!

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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!

2 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.

3 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.

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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!

3 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.

3

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!

3

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!

6 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.

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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

6 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!

6 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

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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!

4 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.

4 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.

3 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 !!

3 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!

2 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

3 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

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

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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

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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.

3 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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.