Jill's House, Inc.

Rest, renewal, and relationships for kids with intellectual disabilities and their families.

aka Jill's House   |   Vienna, VA   |  https://www.jillshouse.org/

Mission

Jill's House is a Christian non-profit dedicated to providing support and respite to families raising children with intellectual disabilities without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, or lifestyle.

We celebrate children with special needs and provide relief to the extraordinary families who love them through short-term, overnight respite care both at our facility in Vienna, VA and through weekend programs at camps around the country.

Ruling year info

2012

President and CEO

Joel A. Dillon

Main address

9011 Leesburg Pike

Vienna, VA 22182 USA

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EIN

37-1465256

NTEE code info

Child Day Care (P33)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Jill's House seeks to provide overnight respite to families of children with intellectual disabilities. These families face challenges above and beyond the average family. From higher levels of stress, to feelings of isolation, they just need room to breathe. We provide these families with important time to rest, and give their children a safe, fun environment, tailored to their unique abilities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Weekends at Jill's House

Weekend respite at our main location.  Parents bring their children to Jill’s House on Friday evenings at 7:00 pm and pick up their children by 7:00 pm on Sunday evening, giving parents a full 48 hours of respite.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities

Through partnerships with local schools, we are able to offer weeknight overnight care at our main location. Jill’s House staff picks up children after school and returns them the next day, providing 36 hours of weeknight respite for caregivers.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities

In late 2010, Jill’s House launched day camps to accommodate families at our main location when schools are closed. Children experience Jill’s House from 8:30 am to 4 pm, with early arrival and late pickup available for parents who need it.  Camps include Spring Break Camp, Summer camps, Christmas Camp and select single-day camps for days when children are not in school but caregivers are expected to work, such as President’s Day.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities

We offer opportunities for 48 hours of respite around the country with Jill's House trained staff at local camp facilities. We have locations in Northern Virginia, Nashville, Chicago and Seattle.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of hours of respite care for families raising children with intellectual disabilities

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of unique families served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average reduction in self-reported stress for caregivers (Percentage)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to ensure every family of a child with an intellectual disability has respite within their reach. This includes both families in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and reaching families around the country through our Weekend Adventure camp model.

While rest is important, we also seek to be a resource for these families and create opportunities for them to be in community with each other and have a greater support structure. We believe that church can and should be a place for these families to feel welcome. For that reason, we aim to change the face of disability ministry in America so that each child with a special need and their family has access to a church that embraces them.

Jill's House provides programs ranging from 8 to 48 hours of direct care to dozens of children per session, year round. We offer programs during the weekdays as well as during the weekends to meet the various needs of the families we serve.

At Jill's House, we make high-quality care a priority, holding ourselves to rigorous qualitative and quantitative measures so that our parents can be confident their child is safe and happy. To do this, we employ a large number of direct-care Client Care Specialists and Nurses.

Our Client Care Specialists ensure each child has an outstanding experience that they cannot get anywhere else. We provide uniquely tailored physical and social activities such as animal therapy, music, reading, therapeutic art and music, multi-sensory rooms, swimming, and indoor and outdoor play. Client Care Specialists guide participating children at a staff to child ratio of 1:1 to 1:4. This allows our guests to be safe, but also to have fun and spend time with their friends here at Jill's House.

Our family support team plays a pivotal role in providing non-respite support for families, whether that means connecting families to each other in a support group, helping meet a practical need they have, or connecting them to a church that is equipped to love and serve their child.

At Jill's House, our staff are the people that make our mission work. In addition to being highly trained, they are loving and committed to the children and families that we serve. Our network of over 200 active volunteers allows us to leverage our resources to keep our respite care affordable so that cost does not prohibit a family from coming to Jill's House. It is because of staff and volunteer commitment and expertise that we are able to maintain such high levels of service and expand our model for respite.

We also have our 42,000-square foot, 45-bed respite resort in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Built entirely through the generosity of those who believe in our mission, our facility has a fully accessible indoor swimming pool, craft and music rooms, a library, multi-sensory rooms, and an outdoor playground with wheelchair accessible swing! This facility allows us to give our guests experiences that they may never have otherwise.

We have also built partnerships with local churches and camps in several communities around the country, which allows us to provide children with similar experiences during a fun weekend away at camp.

The existence of Jill's House, the physical building and the long-term respite program, is an achievement in and of itself, which required the work of hundreds of dedicated people to lead the effort, along with the generosity of many partners. Since opening, we have provided over 600,000 hours of respite (which is 57.5 years!) to over 700 unique families. 50,000 of those hours occurred at our 6 national locations. Our overnight respite programs consistently show positive outcomes in the lives of our families, with an average stress reduction after only one night of 72%. We have been able to build relationships with many of the families that spill into non-respite activities such as support groups, book studies, and annual events like our Christmas party. We believe we have been able to have a profound impact in the lives of our families, giving them space for renewal, through both respite care and non-respite support.

We are still looking to expand our national locations as well as bring more family support services to our existing locations. We are also constantly looking for new ways to impact disability ministry on a broad scale so that there are churches and organizations, even in places where there are not Jill's House locations, that can offer support and respite to families of children with disabilities.

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Jill's House, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 4/2/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Brownlee

Brenda Solomon

Mark Gottlieb

Robert Stuckey

Robert Johnson

Jim McQuaig

John Brownlee

Regina Williams

Laura Paredes

Susan DeMuth

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No