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April at Jill's House

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1. Jill's House Gives Parents Time to Plan Child's Future

2. Faithful Giving to Jill's House Answers God's Call

3. Serving Jill's House with Time, Talents and Treasures

4. Spring Break 2014 Fun at Jill's House

5. Jill's House Among Best Christian Workplaces 2014

6. Big Band Dance to Benefit Jill's House Raises Much-Needed Funds

7. Photo of the Month: Emma

8. Recognizing National Autism Awareness Month

conleysJill's House Gives Parents Time to Plan Child's Future 
Family Spotlight: The Conleys
Help make time together more carefree for people like Tobin, Spencer and Susan Conley.

"Without respite, you just don't have the perspective to make the best choices for your child," said Tobin Conley. Tobin, a tech consultant who works with non-profit groups, is the current President of the Arc Montgomery County, an organization for individuals affected by intellectual and developmental disabilities. His wife Susan is the firm administrator for a local accounting firm. They are also the parents of Spencer, 13, who has autism and regularly visits Jill's House. 


As we recognize National Autism Awareness Month, Tobin shared how regular respite plays a role in supporting families raising children with autism.


"Without the kind of respite we get from Jill's House, my wife and I would not be able to make good decisions regarding our son's future," said Tobin. Read more.


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therrienFaithful Giving to Jill's House Answers God's Call 
"Why I Give": Michael Therrien

The Michael and Andrea Therrien family have been faithful Jill's House donors, regularly giving every week since 2011. We recently asked Michael a simple question: "Why do you give?"


Michael Therrien and his family have given to Jill's House every week since 2011.

"I believe God calls us to be generous in our giving in His name," said Michael. "He has been faithful to my family, so it is with great joy and gratitude that we, in turn, can be faithful to Jill's House.


"As parents of three typical children, it's difficult for my wife and me to find time for each other and to spend time with all our children individually. I can only imagine what it is like when you have a child with an intellectual disability. After serving at Access Ministries, we had a much greater appreciation for the time it takes to support a child with special needs. The ability for Jill's House to allow a parent to spend a night out with his or her spouse or spend more one-on-one time with another child while the child with special needs enjoys Jill's House is very impactful. We think about the difference our giving makes to bring more families the respite they need, and we are so grateful to have the resources to answer God's call."


To experience the joy of giving, visit jillshouse.org/donate.


aprilvolunteerServing Jill's House with Time, Talents and Treasures
Volunteer Spotlight: Richard and Gwyn Brunn

"We learned about Jill's House while attending McLean Bible Church. We had been looking for ways to serve God for many years and this appealed to us since we had an interest in helping families raising children with intellectual disabilities for some time. We had helped out other charities and we also have a good customer with two children with intellectual disabilities, so all of these experiences led us to Jill's House.  

Richard and Glynn help Jill's House with corporate sponsorship, contributions, and time.



"It has been a gradual process. We own a company, Sugarland Embroidery, so we started our involvement with Jill's House with a corporate sponsorship of the Links for Little Ones Golf Tournament. Next, we decided to sponsor a child for a night on a monthly basis. Our next step was to provide shirts for the staff to make that financial burden a little bit lighter. Now we have jumped in to volunteer on a regular basis, helping out in the kitchen.


"We love working with such a positive and caring staff and believe that even our small efforts enable these families to have some time to rest and enjoy the little things that we take for granted."


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

springbreak2014Spring Break 2014 Fun at Jill's House
Children enjoyed swimming, playground, and Easter egg hunt.


When school is closed, we serve as many children as we can, giving their families the time they need to avoid disruption to their work schedules.

"Pal" paid a special visit to his Jill's House friends during spring break 2014.


During spring break 

we had 30 children spend their time with us. They enjoyed fun activities like swimming, playing outdoors, and making arts and crafts. But their favorite part of the week was an Easter egg hunt and a special visit from "Pal."  Visit our Facebook page to see more photos!


bcwiJill's House Among Best Christian Workplaces 2014
Certification given to exceptional faith-based organizations that drive positive ministry outcomes


Jill's House has earned Certification as a Best Christian Workplace for 2014 by Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI).  Each year BCWI recognizes exceptional organizations whose leadership understands that employee engagement results from a flourishing culture and drives positive ministry outcomes.


When asked what makes Jill's House great, one employee explained, "Having the freedom to serve as God's hands and feet to help children and families while making a living is truly a blessing." Another shared, "The purposeful excellence, compassionate engagement and joyful service that everyone who works here exhibits makes working at Jill's House something that dramatically changes lives for not only the families and children we serve, but also our volunteers, donors and for those of us who have the privilege to work here." Read more.


Event helps support year-round swimming activities for children Jill's House serves.
The fun event raised more than $50,000 for Jill's House!

On Saturday, April 26, 150 friends and supporters of Jill's House danced the night away to the exciting sounds of big band sensation Radio King Orchestra. Held in the ballroom of a private home in McLean, Virginia, guests enjoyed a light dinner buffet, silent auction and dancing instructions from Flying Feet Enterprises. Most importantly, the fun evening helped raise funds to support aquatic activities for the children Jill's House serves.


"When we ask families what their children enjoy most about their stays here," said Stefani Mueller, program director at Jill's House, "the indoor pool is almost always mentioned as one of their favorite activities. Our goal is to make sure all children, regardless of disability, can enjoy the freedom and fun of swimming year-round. The Big Band Dance to Benefit Jill's House helped raise funds to ensure the aquatic toys, adaptive devices and other items needed for safe and fun swimming are available so the children can enjoy this popular activity every day of the year. Our goal was to raise $45,000 and the event exceeded this goal, raising more than $50,000!"


Thank you to Platinum Sponsor Digital Global Systems and Silver Sponsors Jack and Donna Hughes, Morningstar Foundation, Quest Fine Jewelry and Team Network. We also appreciate the commitment and time given by event hosts Robbie and Sherlene Bradbury, Rick and Robin Gordon, Jack and Donna Hughes, Curt Kowalski, Colby and Nina May and Jacob Shoval.


To learn more about Jill's House events, visit jillshouse.org/events, email events@jillshouse.org or call Teresa Lee at 703.639.5670.

photoemmaPhoto of the Month: Emma
Emma literally had a ball during Spring Break at Jill's House!
Respite from Jill's House is part of solution to reduce families' stress


Over 50 percent of the children Jill's House serves are identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). April has been designated National Autism Awareness Month and is a time when organizations and individuals come together to shed light on the need for education, research and understanding for people with ASD.  First celebrated in the 1970s by the Autism Society, National Autism Awareness Month is now recognized across the United States as a time to educate the public about autism.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010 data shows that one in 68 children has been identified with ASD, compared to one in 150 children in 2000. The number is growing, and the toll on parents is, too:

  • It costs $17,000 more per year to care for a child with ASD to cover health care, therapy, family services and caregiver times. For children with severe ASD, the cost increases to $21,000.
  • Parents raising children with delayed development experience 60% more stress than the general population does. This added stress comes from the child's behaviors and the sense of lost control.
  • Mothers of children with autism are twice as likely to suffer from depression, and the majority score in the mental health "distress range." Read more.

April 30, 2014


Since opening in October 2010, Jill's House has provided 339,766 hours of respite care.

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Jill's House to Honor Phebe N. Novakovic, Chairman and CEO of General Dynamics


Join us on May 30, 2014 for A Celebration of Special Children, an Evening of Inspiration for Jill's House hosted by Wayne and Catherine Reynolds at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. 
The evening will include an elegant dinner, stories of inspiration, and presentation of the Light of Hope Award to Phebe N. Novakovic, Chairman and CEO of General Dynamics.
Martina McBride, four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, will perform at A Celebration of Special Children on May 30.


Special thanks to Co-Hosts and Signature Sponsors, Acuity, Inc. and The Johnson Group, LLC. 


Sponsor the event or make your reservation today! For more information visit jillshouse.org/celebration, email events@jillshouse.org or call 703.639.5670.


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


October 5, 2014: Jill's House Annual Open House


October 13, 2014: Annual Links for Little Ones Golf Tournament at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farms


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


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What Families Are Saying


"I truly cannot put into words how much my husband and I appreciate the kind and caring people looking after our daughter at Jill's House. 
"I was very nervous leaving her there this weekend because she has never spent the night away from us. But when we heard how much fun she was having when we called to check in on her, I knew I had nothing to worry about. 
"I loved the email you sent us of her playing in the pool! She is a blessing. She is happy and good-natured, but because of her intellectual disability she is difficult to care for.
"My husband and I rarely get a 'break'. Thanks to Jill's House we finally get our break knowing she is in the best hands. 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 positions:


-PT Childcare Specialists

-PT Water Safety Instructors


View complete listing and job descriptions here.


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Serve at Jill's House


If you are 16 or older, visit jillshouse.org/serve to explore ways you can serve children, help with administrative tasks and more!
Jills House Volunteers
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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Tune in to 1260 am/WRC Radio on May 17th to Hear the Jill's House Story.

If you live in the Washington, D.C. area, tune in to the Todd Laborwit Show at 120 am WRC on May 17 from 1-2 pm. Vice President of Advancement Denise Daffron will share the Jill's House story and talk about all of the exciting things happening at Jill's House.

If you live in other areas of the country, you can also hear the radio broadcast online or become a fan of the show to learn more. 


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