Jill's House provides respite for children with intellectual disabilities and their families in the Greater Washington, DC area. We serve boys and girls, ages six through seventeen, with intellectual disabilities without regard to race, religion, or ethnicity. Our mission is to be a safe haven to which parents can entrust their children, allowing the parents a time of rest. To ensure that parents and caregivers get a real break, typical siblings are welcome to stay at Jill’s House.
We believe that parents of children with intellectual disabilities need more support. Our hope is that our model will help change the way communities address the needs of families with children with special needs.
Jill’s House is named after a very special young lady. In 1992, Jill was born a strong and healthy baby to her parents, Lon and Brenda Solomon. Unbeknownst to them, Jill was born with Dravet Syndrome – a rare seizure disorder.
At three months old, Jill started having multiple seizures every day. The Solomons’ happy and peaceful life with three sons and a baby girl began to unravel. Lon and Brenda suffered tremendous stress and exhaustion. Sleepless nights and regular trips to the ER marked their lives.Read More
Jill's House Welcomes the 2015-2016 Class of Fellows
Every year, through a selective application process, God brings us a group of recent college graduates to serve at Jill's House through our Fellowship program. Our fellows work full-time as childcare specialists and live together in apartments generously donated and furnished by supporters of Jill's House. During their year of service with us, they grow professionally, spiritually and personally.
Sponsor a Child for a Night at Jill's House
Jill’s House serves over 500 families raising children with special needs, including many military families. While all Jill's House families experience intense stress, those dedicated to serving our country encounter added complications like deployments and frequent moves. "I’ve been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan 10 times. Jill's House gives us that moment to simply slow down," shared Pat Work, father to Jill’s House guest JP.
When you sponsor a child's stay at Jill's House on a monthly basis you give a recurring gift of Jill's House to families like the Works, keeping their marriages together, restoring their family and giving them a moment to just breathe.Read More
Jill's House is a state of the art facility staffed with trained professionals equipped to care for your child's special needs. At Jill's House, your child will be cared for by professionals and highly trained staff who will guide your child through opportunities to interact with other children and take part in a variety of activities. There will be times of learning and fun as your child discovers a new home away from home in our comfortable, safe and friendly environment.
We invite you to get to know us better here on our website. Click around and see what we're about. Watch a video about our families or read a story about a child who benefits from being a part of Jill's House. When you are ready, schedule a visit to tour our facility or click the register link for information on how to plan your child's stay with us.
We are delighted that you want to join us in our efforts to provide care and support to children with disabilities and their families. There are many ways you can join in the work of Jill’s House!
There are dozens of ways to get involved volunteering your time at Jill's House. If you are interested in training and placement in a spot that uses your gifts and matches your time availability, start here.
We rely on your prayers to sustain and support us on every level. Each week we send out a prayer letter by email with specific requests and needs. To join our prayer team, click here.
Jill’s House is honored to have had the support and encouragement over the years from many organizations, corporations and companies. Click here for a list of entities, or for information on becoming a partner.
Ways to Give
There are several ways you can support the work happening at Jill's House.
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