A Mothers Rest Charitable Respite Foundation

Redefining Respite For Parents & Caregivers

aka A Mother's Rest   |   New Market, MD   |  www.amothersrest.org

Mission

AMR seeks to redefine "respite" as it pertains to the disability community. We serve parents & caregivers who have loved ones with disabilities, including children with special needs, veterans, and aging parents. AMR addresses the long-term health of special needs caregivers by coordinating frequent & affordable respite retreats year-round and nation-wide. Proactively caring for the mental and physical health of parents through various respite programs can prevent caregiver burnout, decrease healthcare costs (to individuals and insurers), and contribute to a healthier family environment overall. Frequent respite can result in family unit stability and children/adults remaining in the home longer. Privatizing these services will result in greater fiscal efficacy & wider-used benefits.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are actively seeking private philanthropists to support the capital purchase of a 3rd respite inn. Our plan is for this inn in North Carolina to serve more military/veteran families, as part of our "Boots On The Ground" program. A property has been identified in the town of Clayton, but we need contributions to purchase the property outright as well as decor changes and prep prior to opening. A total of $750,000 is needed.

Ruling year info

2017

Founder & Executive Director

Andrea Faris Roberts

Main address

32 West Main Street

New Market, MD 21774 USA

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EIN

81-4965846

NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A Mother's Rest is a 501c3 non profit health initiative which seeks to encourage proactive self-care for parents and caregivers who have loves ones with disabilities, chronic illness, etc. We coordinate and provide affordable, available, year-round, 3-night respite opportunities for recuperative rest and fellowship with other caregivers. Our goal is to keep caregivers and parents healthier, so they can best cope with the ongoing needs of their loved ones at home.

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?

Porch Partners

A national network of privately owned bed and breakfast inn partners who host parents, spouses, veterans, special educators & other caregivers of loved ones with disabilities & life challenges. We serve bio & adoptive parents, spouses of wounded veterans, special educators, and those caring for their own elderly, infirm parents at home.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Caregivers
Veterans

FUTURE: Afton, VA. In addition to having our own 10-room respite inn on the property, we seek to create an entire integrated community which welcomes the non-disabled residents of Nelson County and beyond in to our world.
Secluded respite inn for parents
Office space & residence for staff
Planned public community to employ disabled individuals from central Virginia
Coffee shop exclusively serving products from our partners at Dreamers
Wine tasting room
Garden market
Therapeutic rescue animal farm
Thrift shop
Inclusive park/playground area
Residential retirement community for parents and their disabled adult children
Grocery, medical clinic, school, chiropractor, physical and occupational therapy, golf course?

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Families

ON HOLD: This program is designed to serve the urgent material and fellowship needs of Virginia's local, rural, special needs families. Outside of the major cities, resources of every type are lacking for these children and their parents. This includes employment, education, health care, child care, and respite. Families already financially struggling in these rural areas can greatly benefit from focused, immediate relief from A Mother's Rest. Privately funded and available by referral, Raising Appalachia can eliminate the endless waiting and never-ending paperwork required to seek assistance from the county or state. Raising Appalachia seeks to fill the gaps in these rural communities, and become a flagship support program exclusively for these special needs families.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
People with disabilities

ON HOLD: One of the reasons many extra needs parents don't or can't take respite time for themselves is due to lack of qualified in-home childcare. Either the state does not provide, or the cost is simply too high for parents to afford out of pocket. AMR seeks to partner with existing, licensed, skilled respite care providers to provide childcare *while one or both parents are away on retreat*. AMR will not provide the childcare, but help to fund it through grants to the families or providers.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
People with disabilities

ON HOLD: Fortunately, there are 100 or more summer camp programs already in existence serving children with extra needs of varying degrees. Unfortunately, they are very costly and out of reach financially for many families. Summer camp is a valuable time for learning social skills, independence, and making friends. It gives the children an amazing opportunity, and the parents a much needed break. AMR seeks to partner with existing camps, but primarily to provide grant funding to make these camps possible financially. Available for day or sleep-away camps. Grants up to $2500 as needed. https://www.amothersrest.org/summercampgrants

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Families

September 2018: The Terrace Guest House & Respite Inn is the NATION'S FIRST **year-round caregiver respite inn/B&B**. Open for 3-night retreats every weekend, by donation only, these are exclusively for parents & caregivers who have loved ones with disabilities and/or chronic illness. Our respite inns provide caregivers with recuperative rest and therapeutic fellowship in a beautiful, comfortable, intimate, healing, sanctuary setting. With (7) guest rooms, this location serves up to (364) weary parents & caregivers annually. Funding is needed on an on-going basis to supporting the basic operating costs and care of the property. We host women's and mens' retreats at this location, including mothers and fathers of children with disabilities, all adoptive families, spouses of wounded veterans, and those caring for their own aging parents at home.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Caregivers
Veterans

December 2020: Lawton Place Manor is open as our second **year-round caregiver respite inn/B&B**. Serving the rural Mid-Southeast region, Lawton Place Manor is open for affordable 3-night retreats every weekend, by donation only. These are exclusively for parents & caregivers who have loved ones with disabilities and/or chronic illness. Our respite inns provide caregivers with recuperative rest and therapeutic fellowship in a beautiful, comfortable, intimate, healing, sanctuary setting. With (7) guest rooms, and available for couples, this location can serve up to (550) weary parents & caregivers annually. Funding is needed on an on-going basis to supporting the basic operating costs and care of the property. We host women's, mens', and couples retreats at this location, including mothers and fathers of children with disabilities, all adoptive families, spouses of wounded veterans, military couples, and those caring for their own aging parents at home.

Population(s) Served

CURRENTLY SEEKING CAPITAL FUNDING (2021): We are actively seeking private philanthropic funding to support the purchase and prep of our 3rd respite inn. Our goal is for eastern North Carolina, and with an added focus to hold more weekend retreats for our "BOOTS ON THE GROUND" program; spouses of wounded veterans, the veterans themselves, and couples. With more than (65) military installations between DE and SC alone, this is an ideal location to support these families, in addition to other special needs and adoptive parents. We are open to different areas, but NC is our desired location at this time.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Adults
Veterans
Caregivers
Adults
Veterans

Where we work

Accreditations

State of Maryland Charitable Division Compliance 2018

State of Virginia Charitable Division Compliance 2017

State of Georgia Charitable Division Compliance 2020

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 parents & caregivers served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers, Foster and adoptive parents, Grandparents, Single parents, Stepparents

Related Program

Caregiver Respite Inn--New Market, MD

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 was an abbreviated year. Our GA respite inn was not ready for guests until May. Only (113) were served there in 2020, but already 146 have been served from 1 Jan to 4 Jun.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

We have several "catch phrases" and themes. One is #SLEEPMATTERS. That is truly the basis for what we do. The impacts of sleep deprivation are well known, and they are compounded for parents and caregivers experiencing what we refer to at CTSD: CHRONIC Traumatic Stress Disorder. By removing parents & caregivers from the caregiving environment, to an intimate setting designed specifically for true recuperative rest, people have the opportunity to share their stories, their challenges and emotional needs with others who truly understand. We create a safe, judgment-free space for caregivers to say out loud how hard things are, and then be able to release just a little of that stress.

Another catch phrase we use is "Respite is something parents & caregivers should be able to look forward to, not have to beg for". Our goal is to eliminate (at the very least) the financial barriers that keep parents from taking this time for themselves. Families should not have to choose between proactive self-care and groceries for the week.

A third catch phrase we use is "Put yourself on your own to-do list". Parents (moms especially) are bad about carrying some kind of guilt, shame, and angst about taking this time for themselves. The end goal is for them to find the courage to book a retreat, get the rest they need, and then be asking "when is the next one?"

1) Porch Partner Program: A Mother's Rest has created (and continues to build) a national network of bed and breakfast inn partners, who host discounted respite retreats at their locations several times a year.

2) The Terrace Guest House and Respite Inn: located in New Market, MD, we were able to privately raise funds to purchase our own historic inn, which is open year-round to all parents & caregivers. We host moms and dads, as well as other caregivers (those caring for injured or ill spouses, veterans, elderly parents, foster /adoptive families, etc) This is our flagship property and the first of it's kind in the nation. It is our intent that THIS location remain free of charge to all guests. We are working to grow our presence in the local community to raise funds to support our monthly expenses (utilities, taxes, insurance, maintenance, improvements, supplies, etc). LONG TERM: we hope to own our own inns in every state, that function on private, foundation, church and corporate funding to meet the health and respite needs of parents & caregivers nationwide.

3) Lawton Place Manor Respite Inn: located in the mountains of North Georgia (Mt. Airy): purchased with the support of several large benefactors, we are now hosting couples, parents, veteran families and adoptive parents from GA, SC, NC, TN, and AL.

4) Continue expanding our Porch Partner network and purchasing new year-round respite inns to serve various regions.

Our capabilities are endless when properly staffed. With full staffing, we can write for grants, seek real estate partners, have a full time marketing and media staff, program service liaisons, etc. It is our firm belief that our respite services can be provided to any and all caregivers, nationwide, with private and foundation funding. We are not seeking state or Federal funds, which would take away from other service programs.

Capital Donors are needed to assist in the cash purchase of new respite inns regionally, to be able to serve caregivers year-round, by donation only, and the flexibility to host diagnosis and group-specific weekends.

In only four years, A Mother's Rest has:
1) Purchased two year-round signature respite inn properties
2) Partnered with (43) other bed and breakfast inns nationwide
3) Hosted (293) respite retreat weekends
4) Served (2293)+ parents & caregivers with recuperative rest and therapeutic fellowship.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Great Non Profits Reviews,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have recently purchased a second respite inn property to meet the growing needs of parents & caregivers nationwide.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

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A Mothers Rest Charitable Respite Foundation

Board of directors
as of 9/2/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Summer Sage

Harrisonburg/Rockingham Free Clinic

Term: 2020 -

Jennifer Young

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Elaine Hardwick

Barbara Glanowski

Organizational demographics

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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