I’ve been doing my best to introduce a different non-profit each month, however A Mothers Rest has started a capital campaign to provide 24/7 respite services in Maryland through the purchase of a Bed and Breakfast, and I felt I had to help get the word out.
For those who haven’t heard of A Mothers Rest, here is a brief overview – taken from their website.
“Extra Needs” includes so much more than just physical & cognitive differences. It’s not just Down syndrome, CP, & autism. Families facing injury, trauma, medical crises…abuse, abandonment, neglect…children who have been adopted or been through the foster system….children who are experiencing addictions…. We also support special educators and caregivers of disabled SPOUSES, such as wounded veterans and victims of illness and injury.
To the best of my knowledge, this is one-of-a-kind. I’ve been on a retreat, admittedly I didn’t come out of my room for the first day because it felt so good to be truly “alone”; but I had a great time and alone time is what I needed.
They are looking to purchase a Bed & Breakfast in New Windsor, MD to host families from around the country. They will continue to coordinate other retreats for mom, dad’s, couples and caregivers; the Inn will serve as a “home base” and model for future growth.
I encourage anyone and everyone whose life has been impacted by an individual with different needs to check A Mothers Rest out. Take a retreat, sometimes we get so caught up in what we need to do for others we forget about ourselves.
I’m not a Board member of A Mother’s Rest, but I am a single father of a child with disabilities and I have experienced burnout first hand. I know what it’s like to get so frustrated you just want to lock yourself in an isolation chamber (or go back on deployment) to get some peace – and then feel guilty. We’re human, A Mothers Rest is doing its best to let us reset.