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July at Jill's House

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1. A Father's Salvation Following Visit to Jill's House -- Days Before His Passing

2. Forty-eight Hours of Rest Are Sacred for Parents of Jill's House Guests

3. Join Team Jill's House in the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon and 10K -- Deadline August 5

4. Two New Buses for Jill's House!

5. Jill's House Welcomes Summer Interns

6. Links for Little Ones Golf Tournament on October 14

7. Jill's House Featured at DC Fest 2013

8. Jill's House Hosts Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

9. A Happy Camper's Infectious Smile

DANADOUGLASA Father's Salvation Following Visit to Jill's House -- Days Before His Passing
Volunteer Spotlight: Dana Douglas
Dana Douglas JH: How has volunteering at Jill's House changed your life?

DD: By seeing first-hand how Jill's House has touched so many lives in so many ways, including my father's. My father had a soft heart for people and especially children with special needs. He loved Jill's House and he could see how happy it made me and loved that I had found a great place to serve. I know the love of Christ flows through Jill's House and that had a positive effect on my father. Following a recent visit to Jill's House, he gave his life to Christ -- just two days before he passed away. He told me shortly before he passed that he loved Jill's House and encouraged me to continue volunteering and do anything and everything I can to help serve more children. Read more.

towersfamilyForty-eight Hours of Rest Are Sacred for Parents of Jill's House Guests
Family Spotlight: The Towers


July 2013 Family Story 
Watch this video to learn more about ways Jill's House helps strengthen marriages for families like the Towers.

"Jill's House has made a significant impact on our marriage," said Heather Tower, mother of Jill's House guests Samuel, 8, and Jonathan, 6. 


"Raising two children with special needs is not easy, and Jonathan's significant developmental delays, autism, and hypotonia, meaning he has decreased muscle tone, make his challenges even greater."


"Our extended families live far away, and our boys are high maintenance and very loud, so we truly need respite. With much responsibility comes much fatigue, and marriages like ours are fragile. When our boys are at Jill's House, where Samuel loves to ride the big pedal bike on the playground and Jonathan enjoys the music room and swimming in the pool, we relish every moment. The 48 hours that our boys are at Jill's House are sacred to us. We have quiet, uninterrupted, special time that we otherwise wouldn't have. We usually talk a lot, laugh, relax, ride our bikes together, enjoy quiet dinners, and play catch-up on much needed items around the house." 

Read more.


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MCMJoin Team Jill's House in the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon and 10K -- Deadline August 5
Help special children, get fit and have fun.


Join Ron Schuster, shown here with his son, Ronnie, as he goes the extra mile to help other Jill's House families like his!

We only have 11 spots remaining with Team Jill's House for the Marine Corps Marathon and 10K scheduled for October 27, 2013, so sign up now to get fit, have fun, and support the children we serve. Deadline is August 5.


This year you can have the special honor of running alongside parents of Jill's House children who have made the commitment to train, run, and raise funds to help Jill's House serve more children like theirs.


"I am incredibly excited to run the Marine Corps Marathon later this year," said Ronald Schuster, father of Ronnie, one of Jill's House's guests. Read more.


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Jill's House partners help us reach our goal.
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Two new Jill's House buses are ready and standing by to serve children this fall.
Praise God for the generosity of our partners! Thanks to funds raised at the Big Band Dance to Benefit Jill's House, a contribution from the KOVAR Foundation, and other gifts from various partners and friends of Jill's House, we received two new buses this month.
Our safe, reliable buses make it possible for Jill's House to partner with schools, providing transportation to and from school for children, while bringing rest to families throughout the greater Washington, D.C. area. Thank you to our generous partners for making this possible.
There are many ways you can help Jill's House grow to serve more families, so please donate today.
InternsJill's House Welcomes Summer Interns
Students with hearts for children come from across the U.S. to serve.
Jill's House Weekend Program in Tysons is at full capacity, increasing numbers of children are being served by Jill's House at other locations around the country, and our need for childcare support from loving, godly professionals is at a record high. Jill's House is blessed to have interns from around the country helping provide additional support to children during the busy summer months.
Anais, a 2013 Jill's House intern, brings her smile and loving heart to the children we serve.
Ten highly qualified applicants were selected for this prestigious role. "This is a spiritually mature group of leaders in their college environments," said Mary Leidy, who manages the 2013 internship program. "They were selected from a pool of 40 very impressive applicants, and have added great depth and talent to our childcare team. Jill's House has been extremely blessed by their ability to adapt quickly and jump into the role."
Congratulations to the 2013 Jill's
House interns: Alison Clark (Taylor University) from Purcellville, VA; Christine Colman (Eastern University) from Clarks Summit, PA; Cressalyn Davis (Indiana Wesleyan University) from Sayre, PA; Talia Linde (Pensacola Christian University) from Sterling, VA; Carley McCabe (California Baptist)  from Riverside, CA; Keli Miller (Indiana Wesleyan University) from Marion, IN; Caroline Schaefer (Liberty University) from Midlothian, VA; Anais Tabor (Judson University) from Elgin, IL; Alison Tews (Taylor University) from Wheaton, IL; and Madeleine Wilson (University of Pennsylvania) from Oakton, VA.
Please join us in a special prayer of gratitude for their time and compassion in serving our young children and their families.

LFLOLinks for Little Ones Golf Tournament on October 14

Celebrate special children and enjoy a great day of golf.

Spend Columbus Day with a fun day of golf and bring more families to Jill's House.

Join us for the 13th Annual LFLO -- Links for Little Ones -- Golf Tournament at the 1757 Golf Club in Dulles, Virginia on Monday, October 14.


As God's hands and feet, we are taught to help others in need. When you play, you help the children we serve have fun, and gain independence. You provide their families with the rest they need to transform marriages, spend more time with their typical children, and so much more.


Named for the year Loudoun County was founded, 1757 features an 18-hole, 6,600-yard golf course and is considered to be one of the best golf experiences in Northern Virginia.


There are many ways you can support this important event.  Sponsor the tournament, register a foursome, or your friends today. For more information email events@jillshouse.org or call 703.639.5670.

DCFESTJill's House Featured at DC Fest 2013
Rally with Jill's House on August 17.

Join Jill's House at DC Fest 2013 on August 17 at George Mason University's Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia, as we gather to celebrate all God has to offer through music at this inspirational event.


DC FestThis year's lineup includes Christian artists Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline, Matthew West, David Crowder, and more. During the event, Jill's House will share with 7,000 attendees how the gift of respite helps the children and families we serve and provide ways they can join us in making a difference.


Don't miss out on this day of inspirational music and fun. Order your tickets today. 


APPRECIATIONDINNERJill's House Hosts Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Recognizing friends dedicated to supporting the families of Jill's House.


On Wednesday, July 17, Jill's House hosted a special volunteer appreciation dinner attended by 30 of our volunteers and their families.


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We were honored to recognize the faithful volunteers who serve Jill's House families.

"We feel we can never thank our volunteers enough," said Sara Potter, volunteer program coordinator at Jill's House. "They are a humble group of people with servant hearts, and we literally could not serve the number of children we do without their unselfish, ongoing support. This dinner was just a small gesture to let them know that their support makes a real difference in the lives of families raising children with special needs."


The event acknowledged the 21,000+ volunteer hours given in 2012 and included special words of thanks from the families we serve.


To learn more about ways you can volunteer at Jill's House, visit jillshouse.org/serve, email sara.potter@jillshouse.org or call 703.639.5671.



PHOTOOFMONTHA Happy Camper's Infectious Smile

Photo of the Month: Tyler
Who has a brighter smile? Tyler, 9, or the sun he made during Jill's House Summer Camp?

July 30, 2013


Since opening in October 2010, Jill's House has provided 239,676 hours of respite care.

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DC Fest  


August 17, 2013: Rally with Jill's House at DC Fest featuring Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline, Matthew West, David Crowder and more. Patriot Center, GMU


October 13, 2013: Fourth Annual Open House, 12 noon-5 pm 


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October 14, 2013: Links for Little Ones Golf Tournament, 1757 Golf Club



October 27, 2013: Team Jill's House - Marine Corps Marathon - Only a few slots left! Deadline is August 5

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What Our Families Are Saying


"My son had a great time at Jill's House Blue Ridge. He really enjoyed participating in activities that typical kids get to do. He talked for days about swimming, climbing the ropes course, and the staff.

This weekend really was a blessing for our family. While our son got to have new experiences and build his confidence, as well as his social skills, my husband and I got a chance to bond and really focus on us and our relationship, which was a much-needed occurrence.

I was at my wit's end before this experience and, honestly, I was starting to lose my faith and really feel hopeless. This whole experience has really renewed my faith starting with our intake experience with Annie.

This was proof that God answers our prayers just at the right time. Thank you so much and may God continue to bless all of you abundantly."

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Be a Part of Our Team

As Jill's House serves more children, we continue to need great people.


We are currently hiring for the following positions:


-FT Nursing Director

-PT Custodian

-PT Bus Driver

-PT Childcare Specialists

-PT Water Safety Instructors

-PT & FT Registered Nurses (RNs)

-PT & FT Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)


View complete listing and job descriptions here.


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