What makes GRACE different?
At GRACE, we provide trained respite resources for caregivers of special needs children. Caring for children is the most rewarding and beautiful calling in life and often times it is the most exhausting; especially when your child has special needs. The responsibility is squarely on the shoulders of parents, siblings and other family members. These families can be incredibly strong but even the strongest families can use a respite.
GRACE volunteers or “branches” are uniquely qualified and caring individuals who have a heart for service toward special needs families. A significant way GRACE recruits volunteers is by engaging local colleges and universities. GRACE has gained access to Nursing, Physical & Occupational Therapy and other students who are seeking experience in their field of education. By pairing these trained students with families in need, GRACE “branches” family caretakers to our caretaker family.
GRACE Incorporated is an IRC 501(c)3 recognized not for profit organization.
Our Mission is to coordinate education for volunteers and caregivers, as well as provide wellness programs to encourage and support those who care for children with disabilities. We attend to both a parent and child’s non-medical needs for respite and support.
Our Vision: (big!)
To provide opportunities for students and caring individuals and connect them with precious families in need of respite care.
Our volunteers offer an agenda-less presence to children with disabilities. To caregivers, our volunteers make it possible to have reliable and regularly scheduled time for a break so that you may better face the unending family demands of having a child with a disability. GRACE does not charge for it’s volunteers’ time, instead relying solely upon individual, civic, and corporate donations, memorials, grants, and fundraising events to fund its operation.