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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 mental health 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 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 more 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 May 2022, (546) respite retreats have been completed, with (113) 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, wives of Wounded Warriors, special educators, all adoptive & foster parents, and those caring for their own infirm parents at home.

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 1000 weary parents & caregivers

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

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

Community Stories

228 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 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

I can’t put into words how wonderful this organization is! Caretakers of individuals with complex medical needs are running on empty. We have no choice, but to keep pushing forward despite how physically and emotional tired we are. A Mother’s Rest give us an opportunity to get a couple nights of uninterrupted sleep in order to recharge and be able to face the demands of our lives. This is a huge unmet need that A Mother’s Rest fills. Importantly, the respite weekends are extremely affordable and scholarships are available for those in need. This organization is top notch and I don’t know what I would do without them!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Being there for respite/retreat as a combat wounded veteran spouse caregiver I was moved by the flag wreath. I took a piece of the manor home (via photo) and now am sparked with memories of the time I seized for me every time I look at it.

I am a rescuer/fixer by nature and your place was just what I needed. There are many opportunities to get away as a veteran caregiver but they most often come in packages of jam packed schedules and classes on self care. I end up investing more in the other participants than I do myself. I needed a place/time with no commitments, no schedules, no requirements to get true rest and restoration and feed my soul. I needed time to connect with my pre-caregiver self who was carefree, impulsive, adventurous and unburdened. I feel so blessed to have been able to meet her again.

Carpe Diem to those of you who have this opportunity!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I just returned from *A Mother's Rest* respite at a beautiful bed and breakfast in New York state. What a tremendous gift. As a mother of a disabled child, I feel like the need for me to give and keep giving is constant and unrelenting. There is little time to give myself the space and nurturing that I need in order to keep being there for my child, and few supports that allow for it. It's hard to express how much it meant to have this respite, to have quiet and space and time to myself, to heal myself a little. I also had the companionship of other mothers who understood, where we could nurture and support each other.

*A Mother's Rest* recognized and validated my need to take care of myself, and my respite weekend reminded me that I am worthy of being cared for, as much as my child.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being a mom of a special needs child is one of those experiences no one understands until they live it. Going away for a weekend and meeting other moms who "get it" was a memorable experience I will always cherish, and hope to repeat! The rest, the camaraderie, the silence, the shared experience, the laughter and a chance to reflect over several days is AMAZING. The retreat can be whatever your heart desires it to be, because it is all about YOU! No plans, no demands, no to do lists. Just rest and an opportunity to have an adult experience with other caregivers in similar shoes. Andrea is a visionary for creating A Mother's Rest.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Having multiple extra needs kids finding "me time" just never happens. This foundation made it possible to take A WHOLE WEEKEND of me time. I honestly felt so much emotion I had kept bottled up because i constantly need to be in mom mode for my kids. My therapist was even blown away by what this organization does and so happy at the self care I had the opportunity for thanks to this organization. Hoping to attend again in the future because you can't pour from an empty cup.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization. I am a solo parent to 3 kids and recently went on my first respite weekend with AMR. It was my first overnight away from the kids in 2.5 years and it was absolutely wonderful. So relaxing and refreshing to be able to exclusively focus on myself! Highly recommend!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Scarborough Inn in Ocean City, NJ was the perfect mother's respite weekend, this weekend for mothers with children with special needs. I went with Janet T. and met so many wonderful moms. We bonded in a split second over dinner, breakfast, porch time, winding now in the living room with the fireplace, games, cocktails, coffee, popcorn, cupcakes, chocolate pretzels, craft time, boardwalk, ocean, sunrise and on and on! Janet and I had a great time taking our walks on the boardwalk, enjoying lunches at Manco & Manco pizza and Ike's Famous Crabcakes, getting treats at Shriver's Salt Water Taffy and Johnson's popcorn, taking in the sunrise from the boardwalk/beach, and exploring Somers Point. Innkeeper Sne and assistant innkeeper Monica provided us with incredible hospitality, their impeccable attention to detail, and possessed the skill of listening, all with kindness and compassion. The public areas in the inn were decorated with interesting "antiques" (ha-for example a typewriter), the rooms were renovated to give off a modern design, and they were all clean.
The breakfasts were all presented beautifully and tasted delicious! Thank you for a wonderful time!

1 Robyn Day S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Oh my, words can not express the renewal my husband and I got during our weekend. There is just something about Lawton Manor that draws you to rest. The first day we arrived we laid down to rest for a few minutes. Three hours later we woke. We have slept in everyday and just enjoyed our time. We took a quick trip to Helen one day. The rest of the time we enjoyed the grounds, naps, and the fire pit out back. Can’t wait to come again.

1 Missy Tyler T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a mom of 11, I needed this respite more than any words can express. This opportunity provided me the time to reset and recharge. The Inn was beautiful, the hosts were amazing, and the setting just perfect. I am so incredibly grateful for this opportunity.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are no words to express my gratitude to AMR. It is because of my experiences at Lawton Place in Mt. Airy, GA, that I finally learned how to relax after 20 years of being a special needs parent. The 3 night stay is the perfect time to rejuvenate. I have been fortunate to attend the Mommy and Me trip in Jekyll Island this year. Watching the many moms with their children, spending uninterrupted time together away from the stresses of life as a special needs family, brought me great joy. AMR is an amazing organization, and one that has touched countless lives.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Such a great organization and so thankful for the chance to get away with my oldest for some one on one time! Thank you Andrea

1 cadence12

Client Served

Rating: 5

3rd retreat with this organization and it never disappoints. Wonderful inn and owners and wonderful women to bond with and to get inspired by if you choose to . Highly recommend.

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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 Chantelle O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot thanks AMR enough for this much needed respite. I was having a very hard couple of months at the start of 2022 and this time away was exactly what I needed to reset. The $50 for 3 nights made this 100% possible for me due to all the therapies and medical expenses we’ve had this year. What a gift. Such a needed community service to help caregivers take time to sleep, reset and rejuvenate. Can’t thank you enough.
** I adored the Cherry blossom tree that greeted me every morning from my porch! This was my favorite spot to sit to watch the sun set. The reclining lounge chairs in front of the house were also one of my favs!
Thank you a million times over.

1 Leslie L.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

A Mother’s Rest is a literal gem of an organization. I’ve gone on two respite weekends so far and it has provided such needed down time and connection with other mamas who know what it’s like. I recently went to the weekend at the Scarborough Inn in Ocean City NJ and it was simply amazing. The innkeeper made sure that we were all so comfortable and the beautiful details from the welcome table with treats, a personalized message to us mothers to the delicious breakfasts and happy hour cocktails. The inn is renovated and gorgeous and so clean. Highly recommend this inn, this organization. Andrea, thank you making such a difference to us mamas (and dads) with children who have disabilities.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I REALLY needed a break and AMR helped me to have one of the best weekends of my life! Everything about this weekend felt like a gift, from the moment I checked into my beautiful room to the delicious breakfasts (that I didn't have to prepare) to our gracious host, Angela and the beautiful, restful Inn! I never wanted to leave and can't wait to go back!

1 Jessica C.21

Client Served

Rating: 5

First time away in over four years. What an amazing stay and weekend of rest and reconnecting.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A Mother's Rest gave me an opportunity that I couldn't have had without their help. They provided respite from the constant stress of caregiving that is often overwhelming. Thank you so much to the volunteers who put hours of work into this organization!

I enjoyed getting to know the other guests at the retreat that I attended, who are in similar situations as my own. They provided a listening ear, empathy and friendship.

The retreat offered the freedom to hide out and hibernate or to hang around and socialize. Switching off between the two was perfect for me. The lack of programming was just what I needed.

The innkeepers were kind and went out of their way to help. My room was clean and comfortable. The common rooms were beautiful and cozy.

I am grateful to everyone who keeps them going with financial support!

1 schamy22

Client Served

Rating: 5

This respite weekend is so necessary for my mental health as a caregiver for my disabled daughter. Three nights to unwind, relax, sleep, and focus my thoughts on what is important in life helps me to come home refreshed and ready to tackle life as a caregiver. Thank you A Mother’s Rest!

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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 Niki B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have an adult son with Autism and ADHD. I also have two adopted sons, one with Attachment Disorder.
I am able to come to the Inn and enjoy either the company of like-minded moms or peace and quiet huddled, recovering, in my room.
I highly recommend a stay for anyone who needs some r&r and time to recover from wherever life has thrown your way.

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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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1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to visit this respite on three separate occasions, both by myself and with my spouse. Each time was welcoming, relaxing, and felt like home. Want to sleep all day? No worries. Want to sightsee? There's lots of beautiful sights in the area. Are you a foodie? You have a full kitchen to cook in or you can experience the delicious local dining. I'm so thankful for this charity. I have met some amazing parents who just get it and it is a completely judgment free zone.

1

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.

3 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

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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!

3

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.

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.

2 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.

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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.

2

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!!! ❤️

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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.

2

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.

2

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. ❤️

2 Lori R.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

2

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!

2

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.

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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

2 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!

2

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!

2

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!♡

2 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!

2 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!!!

3 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.

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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.

2 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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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.

6

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