A Mother’s Rest plans for the future

A Mother’s Rest plans for the future

Press Release (ePRNews.com) - Afton, VA - Apr 08, 2017 -  An upcoming weekend retreat in Charlottesville, VA will lay the groundwork for future success of A Mother’s Rest Charitable Respite Foundation.  This new charity is focused on coordinating respite retreat opportunities for parents of children with extra needs. Acknowledging the emotional and physical strains parents and caregivers face is imperative in ensuring the best long-term care to their children. The benefits of proactive self-care have been long overlooked in the special needs community.   AMR hopes to change that.

“I am so excited about the gift of A Mother’s Rest. I feel pressure from myself to fill all my child-free time with errands that are too hard to do with my kids. One thing that surprised me about becoming the mom of two adopted kids with special needs is how much work it sometimes takes to just get through the day. It’s not impossible, but you always need to be having a good day knowing you are never at 100%. It’s like using your cell phone while never being able to charge it past 20%,” says Jaime Vanchura, mom of two adopted special needs children and a supporter of AMR. “Having a place to go where you don’t have to explain your life from square one, to be around other moms whose lives look like yours, who get haircuts once a year and buy their jeans from the grocery store while sweating bullets that you’ve taken 20 minutes too long…I am looking forward to the AMR retreats. I think the effects of that rest will last for months.”

The weekend will be spent generating ideas for future retreats for parents and other caregivers. Adoption prep retreats and revenue streams to fund the organization will also be discussed. Ross and Amy Stevens of Stevens and Company Realtors have offered up the Chiswell Estate in Greenwood as the location for the gathering. The restored 1921 brick manor house is located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains on 179 acres with mountain views in every direction.  This mirrors the setting AMR visionary Andrea Faris Roberts has in mind for the future “home base” of the charity.

Faris Roberts has extensive experience in the special needs arena, as she founded and managed Reece’s Rainbow (RR) in 2006 after her son Reece was born with Down Syndrome. RR is an advocacy and grant foundation that is a very public voice for disabled orphans around the world. Recently stepping down as Executive Director of RR, Roberts will helm the AMR retreat programs full time.

“Respite is something every special needs parent should look forward to, not have to beg for,” AMR founder Roberts notes.

Corporate, small business, restaurant, church and civic group sponsors are still needed to help fund the trip. AMR is also seeking winery and massage therapist support for the weekend.

For more information on how you can help, go to www.amothersrest.org. Like us on Facebook, Twitter.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Jennifer Reuss at 804-399-6687 or email at commdirector@amothersrest.org.

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