Since opening our doors in 2010, 
Jill's House has provided 423,124 hours of respite care.
You help replace deep isolation with meaningful friendships.
Hope (left) and Julia met at Jill's House and are now best friends.

At this time of year, some people experience feelings of loneliness. For children with special needs and their families, extreme isolation is something they experience every day of the year.

The Hoffman family is no exception. "When Julia's brothers and sisters would leave to play with friends, she would stand at the door crying 'I want to have friends, too! Why can't I have friends?'" said Holly Hoffman, mother of Julia, 12, who has Down syndrome. "It broke our hearts," added Julia's father, Mark.


Julia started coming to Jill's House in 2011. "She would come home and talk non-stop about a little girl named Hope," said Holly. "I didn't think much of it until one day when I dropped her off at Jill's House. She dashed away from me, running with open arms to Hope! Julia loves Hope so much."


The daughter of Bill and Sheryl Warne, Hope is 10 years old and also has Down syndrome. "The girls speak their own language," said Sheryl. "They understand each other in ways no one else can. It is such a blessing they have each other." Read more.


Watch how Jill's House stands beside two families, builds friendships and eliminates isolation.
Watch how Jill's House stands beside families, builds friendships and eliminates isolation.
Deonna enjoys the special one-on-one care she needs at Jill's House. Give now to help us serve more children with special needs.
Record number of families need Jill's House. Help us help them.

In the month of December, we must raise $1,000,000 to continue providing exceptional care to the children we serve. Will you please give your best possible gift today? Will you help us meet the growing demand for respite by giving funds to provide the quality care necessary for children with severe intellectual and physical disabilities?

Many of the children we serve have complicated intellectual and medical needs, requiring a child care specialist-to-child ratio of 1:1. The need for respite among this population is exploding, requiring us to provide fewer stays for families within our system so that we can serve more families overall. As a result, some of the families Jill's House serves now need to wait five to six months between visits, diminishing the rhythm of respite that the entire family--including typical siblings--counts on. 

It's a matter of simple economics: The more child care specialists we hire, the more children we can serve. Will you help Jill's House bring relief and restoration to families? Read more.

Will you please give your best possible gift today? By visiting, you can view videos and learn more about the many families you lift up. May you be richly blessed at Christmas and always.


Glenn, Faith Ann and Kim Finch find creative ways to support Jill's House at Christmas and all through the year.
For the Finches, giving is a family affair.

Glenn and Kim Finch and their daughter, Faith Ann (11), give faithfully to Jill's House throughout the year. "We have seen first-hand how our giving changes lives and keeps families together," said Kim. "Giving to others is a lesson we instill in Faith Ann by showing her how Jill's House families are directly blessed by our God-given donations of time, talents and treasure."

It all began when Kim and Glenn had their first official date at McLean Bible Church teaching first grade Kid's Quest, where Kim was already a teacher, and where they would end up teaching together for 13 years. They knew from the start they wanted a large family they could love the way they loved the precious children they taught. "The Lord blessed us with one child," said Glenn. "Faith Ann was a miracle. She's precious to us and a gift from the Lord.


Faith Ann's Girl Scout Troop delivered approved in-kind donations to Jill's House. Thank you, girls, for your generosity!

"Kim and I both love children, and the Lord spoke clearly to Kim that we were supposed to be a founding sponsor at Jill's House. When she shared that with me, I knew it was right. Given my decades of background in music (Glenn has played trumpet in the McLean Bible Church Orchestra for many years), we chose to touch children's lives through the construction of the Jill's House music room. That initial vision for the music room has turned into years of giving to Jill's House to further the vision the Lord gave my wife." 


In addition to their involvement in the start-up phase of Jill's House, throughout the years the Finch family has found many creative ways to support the families Jill's House serves. For Christmas, birthdays and other special occasions, the Finches sponsor a Jill's House child for a night in honor of their friends and family. Faith Ann has lemonade stands with her neighborhood friends to raise funds for Jill's House, and her Girl Scout Troop chose Jill's House for their Bronze Award Project, which required the girls to go out into the community and introduce Jill's House by collecting needed items from Jill's House's in-kind donation list. Read more.


The children loved the balloon animals at the Jill's House Christmas party!
Jill's House's annual Family Christmas Party filled our building with laughter and joy.

On Sunday, December 7, Jill's House celebrated Christmas with over 70 families--including children Jill's House serves, their parents and typical siblings--at the first Jill's House Family Christmas Party. Our guests made gingerbread houses, decorated Christmas cookies, enjoyed delicious desserts provided by students with special needs at the Davis Center Culinary School, sang carols with our Jill's House Fellows, and were surprised by a visit from Santa!

Tyler (left) had fun making gingerbread houses with his typical brother.


"We at Jill's House are thrilled to provide an opportunity for our families to connect with one another and to celebrate the joy of Jesus during the Christmas season," said Dana Hecht, director of family relations at Jill's House. "The families who attended the party partnered with Jill's House to donate school supplies to a local elementary school that serves low-income families. The school was blessed by the Jill's House families, and our hearts were touched by the generosity our families gave to others in need!"


To see more photos from the Jill's House Family Christmas Party, view our Facebook album and be inspired! Wishing you all a blessed and very happy New Year!


2014 Miss Virginia, Courtney Garrett, show here (right) with Brenda Solomon, was the special guest speaker at the event.
Christmas Brunch to Benefit Jill's House raises $125,000 to serve children with special needs and their families.

Thank you to everyone who made the annual Christmas Brunch to Benefit Jill's House a spectacular day of celebration of Christmas and families raising children with special needs! 


On Thursday, December 4, 140 woman came together to enjoy an elegant brunch, a special musical performance by 2014 Miss Virginia, Courtney Garrett, an exceptional silent auction and inspiring stories of hope and renewal. Tricia Schmehl, the mother of Jill's House guest Katie, shared how Jill's House saved her marriage. Garrett spoke to the standing-room-only crowd about having a brother with special needs, and Lon Solomon made a surprise appearance to thank the guests for lifting up the families Jill's House serves.


Thank you to our Host Committee, sponsors, special guests and volunteers for making the Christmas Brunch to Benefit Jill's House a day of inspiration and celebration.

Special thanks to Platinum sponsors Acuity, Inc., Dennis and Nancy Burke, Glenn and Kim Finch, and Ken and Alice Starr; Gold sponsors Sam Hodges and Dan and Laura Murphy; Silver sponsors Catherine Goodrum, K&H Landscaping, Pohanka Lexus, Pam Pryor, Gary and Daphne Rappaport, Rusty and Dianne Umberger and Washington Intern Student Housing; and Bronze sponsor Anonymous, BGR Foundation, Capital Bank, Frank and Kathy Finnelli, Bob and Connie Harding, SBSB, the Triantos Family and Washington Fine Properties.


We also thank the Host Committee, chaired by Kelly Stuckey, for their hard work and planning in making the Christmas Brunch to Benefit Jill's House a day of true celebration. Committee members include Lisa Anzoleaga, Sherlene Bradbury, Wendy Brewer, Lee Ann Brownlee, Nancy Burke, the Honorable Barbara Comstock, Kimberly Finch, Karen Garcia, Holly Leachman, Laura Murphy,  Pam Pryor, Catherine Reynolds, Brenda Solomon and Alice Starr. Finally, we are grateful to Randy and Susan Wyant of I Do Photography for capturing the beautiful photos and their ongoing support of Jill's House. View the entire Christmas Brunch to Benefit Jill's House photo album on Facebook.


Sharnikya Howard says the children Jill's House serves give back hope, love and encouragement.
Volunteer shares, "Serving children with special needs is the greatest gift of all."

"I grew up in Ayden, North Carolina, with my grandmother," shared Sharnikya Howard, a Jill's House volunteer. "I didn't always have everything I wanted growing up, but I was surrounded by love and an understanding that it is better to give than to receive."


Sharnikya and Tommy supported each other on the low ropes course at Jill's House Blue Ridge.

Sharnikya works with Kelli Lozada Reese, whose daughter Anna attends Jill's House. Kelly shared with Sharnikya the need for volunteer support at Jill's House, and Sharnikya began serving last summer at Jill's House Blue Ridge. "What an amazing experience!" shared Sharnikya. "The first night I served, I had dinner with all the children and was then paired with my 'buddy,' Tommy. What a blessing he was to me! He taught me sign language, and I taught him to dance! We read books, sat outside by the camp fire, played games, sang songs and learned about the love of Jesus."


Sharnikya says she signed up to serve the children and families because it's an opportunity to serve as we are called by God in order to impact the lives of such amazing people. Surprisingly, Sharnikya says serving at Jill's House impacted her life in ways she never imagined. "I thought I would be the one providing all the help and support," said Sharnikya, "but it was quite the opposite! Read more.


To learn more about opportunities to serve at Jill's House, visit, email or call 703.639.5660.

What Families Are Saying
"Jill's House reminds me of God's love and present help in my time of trouble. It amazes me how I can feel God's love through emails I receive that pay close attention to details as our weekend visit approaches for the month; the kind and sincere faces at check-in; the competent hands that receive my son's food from home; the nurse carefully and kindly reviewing and receiving his medications; the rest I feel knowing he is in loving and patient care; and then the kind and sincere faces yet again when we return to pick him up. God uses Jill's House to offer me His help. The reprieve of bringing my child to Jill's House increases my capacity to love unconditionally."
Child Care Specialists Needed
We need qualified child care specialists to provide the exceptional care our children deserve. Apply today!
We are seeking godly men and women to provide exceptional care to the children we serve. The child care specialist is the face of Jill's House to a group of children each weekend. The child care specialist will lead a group of two to four children through activities throughout Jill's House. One moment, you may be on the playground with your group; another moment, you may be singing in the music room or reading books. Child care specialists work on a full-time or part-time basis. Flexible weekday and weekend shifts are available. If you feel a particular call from God to work with children with special needs and to love them as Jesus does, we would love to talk with you. God is writing an amazing story at Jill's House; perhaps Jill's House will be the next chapter of YOUR story as well. Learn more or send your resume and cover letter to
Upcoming Events

April 11, 2015

Mark your calendar to dance the night away to the big band sounds of Radio King Orchestra in the ballroom of a private home in McLean. 

May 9, 2015

Save the date! Join us at the Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center for an evening of inspiration at this black-tie event honoring the courageous families and children Jill's House serves. Information coming soon!

June 6, 2015

A 100-mile motorcycle ride through Northern Virginia raises funds to serve more families. Includes breakfast, lunch and a day of fun and inspiration.

For a complete listing of events, visit, email or call 703.639.5670.
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Jill's House | 703-639-5660
PO Box 9104
McLean, VA 22102

CFC #22742 - United Way #8244