We are excited about our partnership with First Baptist Duluth for a respite Saturday once a month (school year only). Spectrum will be providing several paid trained staff to assist the teens and other volunteers.
The upcoming schedule for 2017 is:
WHAT? Saturday Respite Care is a program designed especially for children and adults with special needs who live at home ages 5-18. The program includes games, activities, a Bible lesson, crafts and music. The purpose of Respite Day is to provide rest and support to families and provide a safe Christian environment for people with special needs.
WHEN? Respite Day is held one Saturday every month (school year only) from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and allows families affected by disabilities a much-needed break.
WHERE? Families may bring their children to the Family Life Center behind First Baptist Duluth for respite care.
WHO? Respite Day is staffed by volunteers from First Baptist Duluth and trained, paid workers from Spectrum Autism Support Group . At least one volunteer on duty has had CPR training, and adult volunteers have had background checks.
HOW? Respite Day is by reservation only. Families of children with special needs who have siblings may bring all of their children to enjoy the day. You may register for the upcoming Respite Day only after the current one has passed.
Payment will be required at the time of registration for respite. Those who are using a respite voucher do not need to make payment. Gift of Time respite is $25 per child with special needs. Siblings may attend for free. A payment link is included below. Please note that this is a new policy change for 2017.
Please let us know if you need by cancel by 8 pm. on the Friday before the respite session. Because we must pay for staff according to our registration numbers, we will be unable to refund registration fees for those who do not cancel by this time.
Note that we will be unable to continue to serve families who cannot abide by these policies.
Lunch is provided - usually cheese or hamburger pizza or chicken nuggets and fries plus Sprite or water. If your child has food allergies or is on a special diet, please pack a lunch.
One afternoon snack is provided - usually Sprite and water plus a banana and “goldfish” crackers. If your child has food allergies or is on a special diet, please pack a lunch.
Dress your child in comfortable clothes.
To participate in Respite Day, each child must have a church consent form and registration information on file. This is required so volunteers may provide a safe environment for your child.
Medications for children must be administered by parents before arrival at Respite Day. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. For your child's safety and the safety of others, please alert staff of any medication changes that might affect your child’s behavior.
Please be respectful of the drop-off and pick-up times. We cannot accept children early as we are preparing for the session, and we cannot accommodate late pick-ups as we need to return the space to the church promptly.