Welcome to Jill's House

Celebrating special children. Renewing their families.

Family Spotlight: The Rileys

From Grief to Guilt to Sheer Joy

Deb and Brian Riley share the joy and pain of caring for their son Tucker. Learn how Jill's House gives them a break from never-ending guilt.

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Family Spotlight: Meet The Larsons

Jill's House weekends are our light at the end of the tunnel.

The Larson family shares how life with their son, Bridger, is the most difficult life they can imagine living, and why they wouldn't trade it for anything.

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Family Spotlight: The Hoffmans

You help replace deep isolation with meaningful friendships

When Julia's brothers and sisters would leave to play with friends, she would stand at the door crying 'I want to have friends, too! Why can't I have friends?'" said Holly Hoffman, mother of Julia, 12, who has Down syndrome. "It broke our hearts," added Julia's father, Mark.

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Family Spotlight: The Works

Lifting Up Military Families

"We are a Military family that has moved a total of seven times in 15 years," said Pat Work, father to Jill's House guest JP, 12. "Our country has been at war for 13 of those years and we've been deployed back and forth to Iraq and Afghanistan a total of 10 times."

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Family Spotlight: The Lozada-Reeses

“Jill’s House is the best thing that has happened to our family.”

“Thank you for helping me be a better mom. I was diagnosed with breast cancer the day after Thanksgiving. The day after Christmas I had a double mastectomy, and the last few months have been filled with chemotherapy treatments.”

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Family Spotlight: The Schmehls

“Jill’s House Saved Our Lives”

“Four years ago we were beside ourselves and ready to give up. Then we heard about Jill’s House. It was just too good to be true.”

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Family Spotlight: The McNeil Family

“Please Pray Our Children Have an Easy Passing”

“We are grieving, but thanks to you and Jill’s House, our children know only unconditional love.”

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Family Spotlight: The Garvey Family

Father’s Day is 24/7 for Devoted Dad

Katie, Christopher and Michael share a family bond stronger than many typical families.

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Family Spotlight: The Woodlins

Widowed Father Holds onto Faith through Jill’s House

Gary Woodlin shares how Jill’s House helps keep his faith alive after the sudden loss of his beloved wife.

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Family Spotlight: The Martinez Family

Mother Recovering from Stroke Finds True Rest Through Jill’s House

Tatiana Martinez shares how Jill’s House stepped in to provide rest and renewal for her whole family after her stroke

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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.


Meet Jill

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.

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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.

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2015-2016 Fellows

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.

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Work Family

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.

Prayer Support
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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Jill’s House Announces New President and CEO

Please welcome Joel Dillon as Jill’s House’s new president and CEO.

Jill’s House Announces Leadership Transition

Cameron Doolittle resigns; to remain on Jill’s House Board of Directors

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People with special needs changing church populations.

The Gospel Coalition: Let No Special Need Hinder the Spread of the Gospel

Learn from churches serving their neighbors with disabilities.

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