|URGENT NEED: Sponsor a Child for a Night|
monthly sponsorships, we are unable to give the gift of Jill's House to the many children and families who are waiting to come. In order to provide monthly respite to our growing family base, we need monthly recurring sponsors. Here's why:
- Families help as much as they can. But even after a family pays their portion, Jill's House needs $125 per child to cover direct care costs alone. These costs include food, activities, nurses and specially trained child care specialists.
- Just $125. When you donate $125, you give the gift of Jill's House to a child with special needs and the gift of time to the ones who love them. One hundred percent of your contribution through the Sponsor-a-Child-for-a-Night program goes to the direct costs incurred during one child's stay for one night.
- A rhythm of respite. When you make your gift recurring, you allow Jill's House to provide a family a steady stream of breaks, a proven method to reduce stress and increase the family's ability to care for its child.
There are so many families that are in desperate need of a break, and we cannot do this without you. Please consider becoming a monthly sponsor today. Your donation of $125 per month will allow us to provide a night of respite to a family in need, and give its child the chance to take part in activities he or she is otherwise unable to do.
In addition, one gracious family has donated $425,000 to Jill's House as a matching challenge for the Sponsor-a-Child-for-a-Night program
. So far, Jill's House has raised $262,000 toward this match. Will you prayerfully consider helping Jill's House raise the additional $163,000 needed? Your gift will have twice the impact. All gifts received by March 31, 2012, will count toward the match.
You can become a monthly sponsor individually, or with your family, friends, club or Bible study group. These families need your help! Please consider becoming a monthly sponsor
|Family Spotlight: The Marsh Family|
"We learned that God is going to carry us through."
The Marsh Family. From left: Ethan, Stephanie, Tom and Sterling.
A few years ago, the Marsh family heard at church, "You're not going to have an easy life. You're going to have trials and tribulations." Over the last eight years, Stephanie and Tom Marsh have embraced this truth as they raised their son with special needs, Sterling (8), and their typically developing son, Ethan (5).
From birth, Sterling did not follow traditional developmental patterns. As time went on, it became apparent that he was not meeting his gross motor and speech milestones. Finally, after rigorous testing and therapies, the Marshes learned that Sterling was born with congenital encephalopathy and developmental delays. To Stephanie and Tom, this complicated diagnosis has meant dealing with endless doctor visits, a variety of ongoing therapies and unexpected challenges daily. "With Sterling, we're constantly in vigilance mode. He doesn't know how to protect himself and doesn't know what danger is," says Stephanie. "He needs constant adult supervision. To do that 24/7 is exhausting. Unless you've experienced it firsthand, it's difficult to imagine how draining it can be."
It was in the midst of an intensely difficult year in which Stephanie lost her dad that the family discovered Jill's House. "God's timing is amazing. We needed a break so badly, and it came the first weekend Sterling visited Jill's House. We had been hanging on by a thread," says Stephanie.
Sterling has become a Jill's House regular, enjoying weekend getaways and day camps at Jill's House throughout the year. His home away from home gives Sterling a chance to make new friends and visit old friends, which Stephanie says are like extended family to him. While Sterling is at Jill's House, Stephanie and Tom are able to recharge, spend time together and give one-on-one attention to Ethan.
Now Stephanie reflects on her family's struggles with thankfulness because she's encouraged to know others understand how hard it can be to raise a child with special needs. Stephanie says, "We've learned to trust that God will carry us through whatever we go through ... no matter what it is. Throughout our journey, we've seen the Bible verse Matthew 7:7-8 to be true in our lives: 'Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.'"
|Volunteer Profile: Leah Newton|
"I knew I needed to get involved!"
Leah Newton actively volunteers at Jill's House.
Leah Newton shares her experience as a Jill's House volunteer.
JH: Tell us about yourself.
LN: Last spring, I completed my associate's degree in Business Administration at Northern Virginia Community College. At that time, I made a year-long commitment to serve as caretaker for my mother and my brother. My mother is undergoing medical treatment and my brother (23) has autism. He requires round-the-clock care. Recently, I decided I want to become an ABA (applied behavioral analysis) therapist--one who helps patients overcome mental and social disabilities. My goal is to work with young adults with special needs and help them become independent.
JH: What inspired you to become a Jill's House volunteer?
LN: A friend brought me to McLean Bible Church for the first time last year. I had not been to a church in years. During the service, Pastor Lon Solomon showed a Jill's House video, spoke about the ministry and invited people in the congregation to volunteer. I will never forget the sense of purpose that overcame me. I had just begun my year-long commitment of caring for my family and had never thought about the families who do not receive respite. I knew I needed to get involved with Jill's House!
JH: Describe your responsibilities at Jill's House.
LN: I volunteer in the pool--supervising the children as they swim, keeping them engaged in activities and helping them to interact with their peers.
JH: What is most meaningful to you about your Jill's House experience?
LN: It is so rewarding to see the children with physical disabilities splashing in the pool! It's the one time in their lives they feel weightless and not pulled down by their bodies. They inspire me and give me courage.
JH: What would you say to someone considering becoming a Jill's House volunteer?
LN: Find an activity or a way to serve that you are passionate about and volunteer!
|Jill's House Ranked Seventh On ExxonMobil Giving List!|
We are so grateful to ExxonMobil and its employees for their enthusiastic support of Jill's House! Of the hundreds of national and international charities on the ExxonMobil list, we are honored that Jill's House, a relatively small charity, ranked seventh in giving and pledges. As a result, Jill's House received a grant of $44,000 on behalf of ExxonMobil Employees' Favorite Charities Campaign.
"We are so thankful to the ExxonMobil leadership and employees for their generosity. Their gifts to Jill's House enable us to celebrate children with special needs and renew their families," said Denise Daffron, vice president of advancement of Jill's House. "This grant gives the gift of Jill's House to many more special children and the gift of time to the ones who love them. And for that, we are truly grateful."
|National Religion Website Features Interview with Jill's House President and CEO|
Last month, Jill's House President and CEO Cameron Doolittle was featured on Patheos.com--a website dedicated to engaging in the global dialogue about religion and spirituality. Read Cameron's interview
in its entirety, including his discussion of the challenges and misconceptions facing families with children with special needs, the services Jill's House provides and Jill's House's current needs.
|Ways to Support Jill's House
|Jill's House Joins United Way--#8244! |
Jill's House is officially a United Way National Capital Area partner. Here's how you can help:
- Designate your United Way gift to Jill's House, #8244.
- Invite a Jill's House representative to your workplace United Way event.
- Encourage your friends and coworkers to give to Jill's House, #8244, during your United Way campaign!
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|Photo of the Month--Baylor University Visits Jill's House |
This month, the Baylor University A Cappella Choir visited Jill's House during its spring concert tour. Jill's House children clapped, danced and cheered. Their favorite song was "This Little Light of Mine." Special thanks to the BU choir for leading Jill's House children in song. If you have a group that would like to enrich the experience of the children at Jill's House, contact Michelle Carrera at email@example.com
March 29, 2012
Since opening in October 2010, Jill's House has provided 72,975 hours of respite.
May 19, 2012: Big Band Dance to Benefit Jill's House
The 2012 Dance will take place on May 19 in McLean, VA. Event sponsorships are available. To attend, visit jillshouse.org/dance or contact Kat Vinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.639.5670.
The Ride to Jill's House
The 2012 Ride to Jill's House will take place on June 9. Register online or contact Joe Livingood for more information.
| Save The Date |
The 2012 Links for Little Ones Golf Tournament will take place on October 8, 2012 at 1757 Golf Club.
Jill's House" Tennis Tournament
The Burke Racquet & Swim Club will host the "Rally Around Jill's House" Tennis Tournament April 27-29. All proceeds from the tournament will help to sponsor children for nights of respite at Jill's House. If you would like to be involved, contact Spencer Kooshian at email@example.com.
|What Our Families Are Saying ... |
"There are not words to describe the joy and peace in our hearts as we felt confident our daughter was loving her time at Jill's House. When we picked her up she giggled and was so happy. At every mention of Jill's House she smiles with delight. We cannot thank you enough. God is so good and His work at Jill's House feels like a miracle to us."
"We were truly impressed by the kindness of the people we met at Jill's House and their love and care for our daughter. They touched our heart and made our whole family feel special. We deeply feel that they are inspired by God and are very thankful to the entire Jill's House team!"
| Work at Jill's House |
As Jill's House grows, it continues to need more great people.
We are currently hiring for the following positions:
-Manager, Annual Giving
-Child Care Specialist
Complete listing and job descriptions.