Respite Night

Upcoming Respite Night: July 28

Registration:

Family Registration (closed for July 28 event)
Volunteer Registration

Reg. deadlines:
Family Registration deadline is July 24, 2017.
Volunteer Registration deadline is July 26, 2017.

Forms:
Plan of Care form
Background Check form

For more info:
Contact Danelle Mills, Director of Special Needs Ministry, (402) 483-7635 or dmills@firstfreelincoln.org.

FAQs:

What is Respite Night? Parents drop off their child(ren) with special needs, along with siblings through age 13, while background-checked volunteers care for them. We offer a variety of activities for the kids to enjoy. Our volunteers feel so blessed to serve parents in this way and have a great time laughing, playing and interacting with these wonderful kids! This allows their parents to enjoy a night out. Pre-registration is required. Parents need to complete a “plan of care” form for each child with special needs that will be attending Respite Night.

What will the children do? We set up our church building to meet the needs of all children. Carnival games, tricycles, hula-hoops and dancing ribbons are available. We also have individual classrooms set up with specific sensory-type activities such as wet sensory, dry sensory, a quiet room, building blocks, and more. We have face-painting and craft-making. The entire evening is structured so that every child can find something they enjoy.

How does check-in work? Check-In begins at 6 pm with a special welcome from our volunteers. Please enter through our east church entrance. This is the same entrance you will use when returning to pick up your children at the end of the evening.

Is dinner provided? We provide a pizza dinner for the children along with Goldfish crackers, lemonade and water.  You are also welcome to send dinner with your child(ren).

What is evening’s schedule? We eat dinner and enjoy a sing-along all together. From 6:45-7:45 pm, Group A (children with special needs) enjoy activities in our main building area while Group B (siblings) enjoy activities in our Children’s Ministry wing. At 7:45 pm, these two groups switch locations. Parents pickup their children at 9 pm.

Will there be a nurse on-site? We have volunteer medical professionals on site to care for any specific needs that your child may have during this evening.

How often are Respite Nights offered? Respite nights are offered four times per year (Jan., Apr., July, Oct.)

View photos from Respite Nights.