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December at Jill's House
With Special Wishes for a Very Merry Christmas!

b2tIn This Newsletter

1. Mother Recovering from Stroke Finds True Rest Through Jill's House

2. Give to Jill's House and Keep Families Together

3. Mrs. Karen Santorum Speaks at Christmas Brunch

4. Jill's House Featured on NBC4  

5. ExxonMobil Spouses Club Selects Jill's House

6. Photo of The Month: Celebrating Christmas and Families

7. Vienna Elementary School Visits Jill's House as Part of National Inclusive Schools Week 

martinezMother Recovering from Stroke Finds True Rest Through Jill's House
Active boys require 24/7 Supervision
Tatiana Martinez shares how Jill's House stepped in to provide rest and renewal for her whole family after her stroke.
Tatiana Martinez shares how Jill's House stepped in to provide rest and renewal for her whole family after her stroke.
"Jill's House makes my family whole," said Tatiana Martinez. "We have three young boys. Diego, our oldest, is 10. Our sons Nicholas (eight), and Luciano (seven) have Fragile X syndrome, are very active and have difficulty staying focused. They have no fear! This means I must constantly be with them, watching over their safety."
Tatiana and her husband, Guillermo, moved to the United States from Peru in 2001. Guillermo is a contractor, and Tatiana worked as a babysitter until she suffered a brain aneurysm that caused a stroke in 2012.
"I was not expected to survive," shared Tatiana. "But God is so good. He knew I needed to be here for my boys, and His timing is perfect. Just two days before my stroke, my mother came to visit from Peru. And during that summer we began taking the boys to Jill's House. This was such a relief, since I was in the hospital for four weeks, and needed more time at home to recover.
You can help provide rest to keep families like the Martinezes together.
"The love that Jill's House shows my boys, my husband and me helps keep us together. Luciano and Nicholas love their time there, and during their stays Guillermo and I can focus on each other. We also spend special time with Diego. We take him out to see a movie, or go to a restaurant, which is not easy to do with the other boys since they are so loud and active. 
Jill's House gives us time to rest. But most of all, it gives us hope for a strong future."
matchGive to Jill's House and Keep Families Together
Help us reach a $200,000 matching challenge by December 31.
As 2013 comes to a close, we have been blessed with a generous donor's offer to match all funds, up to $200,000, that are raised between now and the end of the year. We hope you will prayerfully consider giving your best gift to Jill's House today.
The need for respite is growing, and we know that regular rest saves marriages and keeps families like the Martinezes together. Please help us reach not only our financial goal, but also our spiritual goal to share the love of Jesus with the families we serve.
brunchMrs. Karen Santorum Speaks at Christmas Brunch
Local women gather to celebrate special children

On Wednesday, December 11, more than 150 women gathered to celebrate the impact of Jill's House on the families and children it serves at the 2013 Christmas Brunch to Benefit Jill's House. The annual event raised $120,000 in much-needed revenue for Jill's House, making it possible to serve children with special needs and provide relief and renewal to the extraordinary families who love them.

Thank you to the Brunch Committee and honored guests (left-right): Wendy Brewer, Shannon Bream, Kelly Stuckey (committee chair), Kimberly Finch, Jill Solomon, Lisa Anzoleaga, DeAnn DuVall, Brenda Solomon, Sherlene Bradbury, Karen Garcia and Teresa Lee.


The special celebration included a live performance by the Langley High School Madrigals, tours of the 42,000 square foot state-of the-art Jill's House facility, an elegant brunch reception and an exceptional silent auction and raffle. Chaired by Kelly Stuckey, the Host Committee was comprised of loyal Jill's House supporters, including Barbara Comstock, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. Platinum Sponsors included Acuity, Inc., Nancy Burke and an anonymous donor.


Karen Santorum shared her personal story about raising a child with special needs.

The honored guest and featured speaker for this year's event was Karen Santorum, wife of former presidential candidate Senator Rick Santorum. During the program, Karen openly shared the joys and challenges of raising her own child with special needs, Isabella ("Bella"), five, who was born with Trisomy 18, a rare genetic disorder. Karen expressed her personal understanding of the need for rest for families raising children with intellectual disabilities.


The event was emceed by Shannon Bream, a journalist for the Fox News Channel where she is the reporter for the Supreme Court. She is also the anchor of America's News Headquarters. 


Ron Schuster, father of Ronnie, a Jill's House guest who will turn 11 on Christmas Day, was also on hand. Ron shared his commitment to Jill's House as a single father who is lifted up by ongoing respite, as well as his own support of the organization through participation in Team Jill's House, the Marine Corps Marathon fundraising program. 


nbc4Jill's House Featured on NBC4
"12 Days of Giving" campaign highlights ways to support Jill's House
On Tuesday, December 17, NBC4 in Washington D.C. featured Jill's House as part of the "12 Days of Giving" series.
Jill's House Director of Advancement Sheila Joy shared with NBC's Barbara Harrison how Jill's House helps save marriages and keeps families together. Sheila was joined by Gary Woodlin, father of Jill's House guest Christian, who shared what a blessing Jill's House has been to him since the recent loss of his wife, and explained how Jill's House gives him the rest he needs to keep his family strong.  


exxonmobilExxonMobil Spouses Club Selects Jill's House
Members express admiration and compassion for the Jill's House mission
Tricia Schmehl, Ann West (an EMSC member), and Denise Daffron (left-right) share a common passion for Jill's House.

On Tuesday, December 17, Jill's House was recognized by members of the ExxonMobil Spouses Club (EMSC) at the International Country Club in Fairfax, Virginia. During the event, the organization presented Jill's House with a gift of $13,600 to help serve more families raising children with intellectual disabilities.


"Thank you for being a tremendous partner in our special holiday event today," said Dena Patel, president of ExxonMobil Spouses Club, following the presentation. "Our members were beaming with pride to support Jill's House. The mood in the room was just so telling of the admiration and respect that our members and the ExxonMobil community have for the wonderful work that everyone on the Jill's House team provides to our children."


During the event Tricia Schmehl, mother of Jill's House guest Katie, shared how Jill's House saved her family. 


Denise Daffron, vice president of advancement, accepted the generous gift on behalf of Jill's House. "ExxonMobil is a longtime supporter of Jill's House through their employee giving campaign," explained Denise. "We are so touched by their generous spirit and partnership to help us keep more families together."  



photoofmonthPhoto of the Month: Celebrating Christmas and Families
Our last family dinner of 2013 was a wonderful way to end the year with Jill's House families connecting and celebrating together.
Over the past week our team reached out to share the love of Jesus and celebrate the joy of Christmas with the families we serve.
On Friday, December 20, many parents and siblings gathered at Jill's House for an inspirational dinner designed to connect families and build community.
We also made special visits to the homes of some of the children we serve with personalized Christmas gifts. While the children are with us, we pay close attention to their favorite activities and which toys they enjoy most. 
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and safe and happy New Year!
viennaVienna Elementary School Visits Jill's House as Part of National Inclusive Schools Week
Fourth graders help serve children with special needs

In observance of National Inclusive Schools Week (December 2-6), the students and staff members at Vienna Elementary School participated in activities designed to encourage inclusion for all students.

Students from Vienna Elementary School supported Jill's House with gifts of books, hand-made bracelets and a fundraiser.


As part of this initiative, fourth grade students raised funds through lemonade stands, doing chores and other activities to help support Jill's House. They also made bracelets for the children we serve in a variety of colors to designate the many types of intellectual disability including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Angelman syndrome, Sanfillippo syndrome and other rare conditions.


On Wednesday, December 12, more than 60 students, including many with special needs who are also Jill's House guests, visited Jill's House for a tour of the facility. The focus of the tour was to share how Jill's House has created a place that is inclusive and fully accessible to children with special needs. The students also presented Jill's House staff with a check and special bracelets they made for the children we serve.


December 24, 2013


Since opening in October 2010, Jill's House has provided 298,098 hours of respite care.


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April 26, 2014: The Big Band Dance to Benefit Jill's House


May 30, 2014: A Celebration of Special Children, a benefit for Jill's House, featuring four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Martina McBride: Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner 


June 7, 2014: The Ride for Jill's House: 100-mile motorcycle ride through Northern Virginia


October 13, 2014: Annual Links for Little Ones Golf Tournament


October 26, 2014: Team Jill's House Marine Corps Marathon and 10K


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Give to Jill's House at Work!

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Make a lasting difference in the lives of families raising children with special needs when you participate in your employer's Combined Federal Campaign, United Way, or employee giving program.
Your gift gives hundreds of families desperately needed rest and renewal through Jill's House.

There are three easy ways to give to Jill's House from your workplace: 

1. Combined Federal Campaign #22742;


2. United Way #8244; or


3. Your own company's employee giving campaign. Many employers will match your gift; please check to see if your company does.


For more information, contact your employer or Claire Waldrop at 703.639.5699 or claire.waldrop@jillshouse.org.  


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Volunteer at Jill's House


If you are 16 or older, visit jillshouse.org/volunteer to explore ways you can serve children, help with administrative tasks, and more!
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Watch this video to learn how you can make a direct difference in the life of a child with special needs.

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Donate Your Old Vehicle and Help Us Serve More Families 


Wondering what do to with your old car, truck, motorcycle, RV or boat? Donating it to Jill's House is convenient, easy and may qualify you for a tax deduction. Best of all, your donation will make a big difference in helping Jill's House provide respite to families. To learn more, call 866.628.2277.

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What Our Families Are Saying


"I am just so happy my son has a fun place to go! Turns out, during his recent stay at Jill's House I had a super busy weekend, so there wasn't much down time. But I had peace and joy knowing my son was having fun without having to be with family. Oh... and our entire family got to see my daughter's play ... so not having to stress about who would watch my son so we could do something as a family was a definite advantage. We all thank you!"

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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 position:


-PT Childcare Specialists


View complete listing and job descriptions here.


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Jill's House Fellow and Intern Applications Now Being Accepted
Do you know someone about to graduate college with a nursing, social work or special education degree? Applications are now being accepted for Jill's House Fellows and Interns. To learn more, visit jillshouse.org/fellows.

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Jill's House | P.O. Box 9104 | McLean, VA 22102 | 703.639.5660

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