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A Mother's Rest Charitable Respite Foundation

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Causes: Counseling, Mental Health

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

Results: As of May 2018, (15) respite retreats have been completed, with (20) more already scheduled. Our Home Base is completely dependent on financial support from the community churches, civic groups, foundations, and state funding.

Target demographics: parents & caregivers of children, adults, and spouses with extra needs

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

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

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

Community Stories

58 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just spent a weekend of total self care. I enjoyed the company of other special needs Moms who get it, who understand the daily struggle. What a gift this organization offers!

1 Julie C.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I just returned from three wonderful days in beautiful Nellysford, Va., our first time away together in 28 years of parenting two sons with autism. We enjoyed time on our own, but then got to share awesome breakfasts with other parents who get it. I think my husband especially enjoyed meeting other special needs moms and dads. The best part was we really were able to put our sons’ needs in the back of our minds and just relax and have fun.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in the retreat at the appropriately named Holladay House and enjoyed a holiday in Orange that pushed aside for a bit the realities of parenting two adult sons with autism. Coffee, wine and inn keeper Sharon’s delicious chocolate cookies available whenever I wanted. The best shrimp and grits I’ve ever had at a local restaurant. Going to James Madison’s Montpelier and actually being able to go on the tour instead of stay outside with my son. Finally using Lush bath bombs I bought last fall. Going to one of my favorite wineries and finding it makes lucious fruit wines I will enjoy this summer. I will be monitoring A Mother’s Rest daily so if and when this retreat is offered again, I can nab one of the beautiful, comfortable rooms! I wasn’t home 10 minutes before reality returned bringing the sometimes minute to minute struggle of dealing with #1 son who is frustrated by the “state of his life” and takes it out on me because I can’t fix everything. A Mother’s Rest is addressing an important need. Caregivers burn out but don’t have the option of quitting. It’s so nice to be pampered a bit in a wonderful b&b at a lower cost, which is what makes it doable. It is disruptive enough for mom to leave without it also being a costly endeavor. Thank you to all the b&bs partnering with A Mother’s Rest!

Daria A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you so much for the respite weekend. It was wonderful to spend time with people who "get" it. We discussed the stress of being parents of special needs children, the joy we experience when our children succeed, and resources people didn't know about.
My fiancee and I spent most of the time enjoying activities by ourselves, like naps and short hikes. But relaxing as a group in the evening as well as breakfast allowed us time to really get to know each other.
The inn we stayed at was 2.5 hours away but we discovered that 3 of us live less that 15 minutes apart. We never would have met without this vacation and now some of us have plans to do things together.
This really was a wonderful time. Thank you again.

Norma M.1

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!

1 mariainva

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

It's hard to say exactly what it is... Everyday we are faced with thousands of tiny choices as parents that shape the the lives of the young people we are raising. It's a job for which we received no formal training. Whether you have one baby or 10 babies, whether your babies are all thriving or struggling, whether you are having a good day or a bad day... These choices, and they never stop. A mother's rest is a blessing to any parent. For me personally it came at a time when I truly needed it. The weekend itself was fantastic. The innkeeper's were amazing! The women I was able to meet sport inspirational. This weekend gave me a pause. It gave me a chance to reflect on myself and my own goals. It allowed me to set a course that will not only help myself but make me a better mom for my kids. I find it hard to put into words how thankful I am. I'm thankful to the innkeeper's that participate in this amazing program. I'm thankful to the organizers of this program. I'm thankful to the other moms and amazing spirits that I have met on this journey. It honestly believe one can be the best caregiver when they take the time to take care of themselves. Like myself I suspect many of us don't generally take that time. I hope many others will benefit, as I have, from this amazing program!

1 Terri C.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Went on the Jellystone trip with my family.

It was a great time to relax outside of the normal chaos with special needs kids.

My kids are ages 6-12....and their needs vary. But all of them enjoyed the swimming with the interactive ninja warrior style obstacle course at the beach, some enjoyed the fishing, and all also enjoyed the movies, putt putt, and group activities like crafts, bingo, and more. Yogi, Boo Boo, and Cindy bear are all there too!

The offsite activities are super fun too.....cave tours, dino valley, ky down under (interact with/feed kangaroos and parkeets!!!!)

This year was their 1st Jellystone retreat, and I hope that many more people can come next year. The more there, the more interaction we can all have and share our lives, blessing each other with the in real life knowledge that we are not alone on this journey! :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Did the Brenham Tx solo retreat. The hotel was SO COMFORTABLE! And the location was quiet, with a lot of culture around. The restaurant below was delicious as well. I disn't want to come home so quickly. :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our entire family recently enjoyed an affordable and relaxing five day vacation thanks to A Mother's Rest. After a very hard summer with our children with extra needs, it was just what we needed. We enjoyed the friendly atmosphere, the accommodations and being with a group when we wanted but also being able to just be with our family when needed. Vacations are hard for us but this was perfect. Thank you A Mother's Rest! We look forward to making this a tradition!

1 Debbie S.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my little home for the weekend on the grounds of the Mayhurst Inn. I did not know what to expect on a group type retreat. I had a wonderful time. the owners of the Inn were informative and welcoming without being intrusive. They prepared delicious breakfasts with individual needs in mind. I am both dairy and egg free. half of the Moms had a special dietary need. The evening wine and cheese receptions were surprisingly comfortable gatherings. I am not a wine or cheese person. They had a variety of drinks and snacks available. It was a time where we shared our daily adventures and learned the history of both the Inn and the surrounding area. I am so grateful for this opportunity. Truly this was an experience I never would have embarked on without the discount and work done by this group. Thank you from a reenergized Momma Bear.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've just returned from my first ever AMR experience. I feel SO rejuvinated. I now have the energy to plow though all the paperwork I need to do. I even feel excited to get started and get it all done! Being a special needs mom is 24/7 and requires lots of energy.This program has provided me with a tool to re-charge my "mom batteries". I'm so impressed with my renewed vigor,that I've scheduled another respite week-end in the fall.Knowing that I have that to look forward to motivates me and gives me a bit of "pep in my step". Thank you on behalf of myself and my entire family.Sincerely,C.A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a treat! The thought of a real mother's rest is an ever elusive dream in the full of surprises and setbacks world of special needs. The idea of leaving my family for three whole days and nights to rest, reflect, refresh, and be a mom with no demands or urgent cares was never a thing I pined for, but it was like a makeover for the soul. We all noticed it was QUIET. Our hosts were gracious and supportive, and our retreat spot was utterly beautiful. A Mother's Rest gave me a gift of renewal, which, in turn, allowed me to return home to continue to give the gift of myself to my family. The gals and I shared our hearts, ideas, encouragement, and laughs over breakfast. Our time was our own, and I'd planned to have a LOT of alone time, because that is how I rejuvenate, but making new friends was a super sweet part of the deal. A Mother's Rest does retreats for others as well, not just moms, and I cannot wait to see this take off. There is a real need for this, and it was super affordable. Thank-you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has made this possible. I've already paid it forward by donating to the planned retreat center in Maryland. What a heart-warming vision for this place Andrea has! Michaele

1 Michele Murchie H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

So thankful for all the hard work and time Andrea puts in to give us tired special needs mamas a break! My retreat was a piece of heaven. Our B&B was beautiful and perfectly located for a trip down to the beach, shopping and delicious food. I can’t wait to do it again and we haven’t even headed home yet!

1 Carol P.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

A Mother's Rest provided me with three much needed days of peace. The location was a quiet bed and breakfast at the shore just before the summer season. The weather was sunny but brisky. Invigorating but perfect to curl up with a book or to sit and talk with some of the other Mom's who understand the situations that we face. I highly recommend this organization to anyone with a special needs child. Thank you Andrea!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

What a great opportunity to have time to be who we were before having kiddos with extra needs. Thank you for this time to recover and rejuvenate.

1 Melissa B.4

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for this wonderful weekend to bond with other moms and to relax from the daily grind of taking care of a medically fragile young adult!!!
Rhonda Friedberg

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1 Shannon S.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Finding this foundation has been an amazing experience. I have two children, one of whom has been diagnosed with combined ADHD and Autism Spectrum disorder. She has just entered puberty and it has been a really rough ride, with self harm and clinical depression added to her mix. I work full time and take care of my family full time, and there really is no room for me. A Mother's Rest held a retreat in Camas, WA and I had the privilege to attend. We had beautiful hotel rooms, with a bed I didn't have to share with ANYONE; discounted massages (I went two days in a row!); nearby trails for hiking; and fantastic nearby restaurants. But what really brought me to tears was the incredible kindness of all the people involved in the respite retreat. From the booking, to the Facebook group, to the staff at the hotel, absolutely everyone was so appreciative of what we face as special needs parents. Believe me, that is NOT a common occurrence. Thank you, thank you, for giving me a chance to be seen, to feel respected, to connect with others who live in the same special needs world that I do. It can be so lonely and isolating, but not with a wonderful nonprofit like this.

1 Katie Matthews B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our retreat to Valle Crucis was a DREAM COME TRUE. I highly recommend any of A Mother's Rest retreats. It is a fabulous way to rejuvenate and relax when you need it most - and God knows we need it!

3 annielambert

Client Served

Rating: 5

A Mother's Rest's motto is "You can't pour from an empty cup." This is so true and sometimes you don't realize how empty your cup is until you get away from all the stresses of life that are draining you. I am a full time working mom with two boys, one with special needs. I attended a retreat in January 2018 at a lovely boutique hotel in SW Washington. What a treat to have my own bed and bathroom that I didn't have to share with anyone! It was almost overwhelming having an entire weekend to myself that I could choose to spend however I wanted. The weekend was so affordable, there was no way I could say no. AMR partnered with a massage therapist who offered her services as well.
While I enjoyed spending time by myself, what I enjoyed most was getting to know other moms. While our children are different, the feelings of being a mom are the same. We could share freely without judgment because we all understood. I have stayed in touch with these moms after the retreat too, furthering the circle of support.
I would sign up for another AMR retreat in a heartbeat! And despite the name, it is open to all parents. Thank you for the opportunity and I hope to help promote this amazing non-profit in anyway I can.