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Who, How & Why We Serve

Jill’s House celebrates children with special needs and provides relief to the extraordinary families who love them through short-term, overnight respite care.

Meeting Children Where They Are – Their Home Away from Home

We authentically love all children that come to Jill’s House and their families. They inspire others. Their stories impact our lives in the most positive ways, and we strive to impact theirs by providing a safe, fun place full of adventure and activities made just for them.

Jill’s House is designed around the children, we adjust to them, not them to us. The activities are carefully and strategically planned to meet the child where they are, with the purpose of bringing normalcy to childhood. We provide cozy and comfortable sleeping areas for safe and secure overnight stays, with constant and watchful care.

Many of the children experience, for the first time:

  • Slumber parties
  • Birthday parties
  • Going to camp
  • Swimming in our indoor accessible pool
  • Singing in our music room
  • Creating crafts in our art room
  • Shooting hoops in our gymnasium
  • Playing outside on the specially equipped playground

Changing The Face of Disability Ministry

Jill’s House is a Christian non-profit organization dedicated to providing support for families (without regard to race, religion or ethnicity) raising children who have special needs through short-term overnight care and activities allowing respite for their families. We want to change the face of disability ministry in America so that each family of a special child has respite within reach and access to a church that embraces them.

Why? Respite: Restored and Better Equipped

The parents, caregivers and siblings of these special children are extraordinary human beings. They face the same day-to-day struggles as most with the added concern, dedication, stress and exhaustion that comes with raising a child with special needs.

Overnight respite allows parents to:

-Take time away and focus on their marriages.
-Devote more time to typical siblings.
-Continue their education to improve their family’s quality of life.
-Get ahead on work.
-Catch up with old friends.
-Best of all, let go and release any guilt or fear, because they know their child is happy and safe.

How? Through Christ, in Prayer

On a foundation of vibrant faith in Jesus Christ, we work with purposeful excellence, engaging everyone we encounter with compassion and joyfully serving every child and family who walks through our doors. It is this faith and emphasis that we pray will continue to distinguish Jill’s House for years to come.

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10 Nov. Web. 12 Aug 2016.
“Services and Support Needs of Individuals on Waiting Lists for Intellectual and Developmental Disability Waiver Services.” Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services.
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