Sometimes, being a special needs family feels a lot like swimming upstream. It's nice to know that you're not the only one! Emerald Coast Exceptional Families is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization established by people who truly understand because they live it every day. It is our belief that having a true support system creates a better quality of life for ALL special needs families. No matter the diagnosis, we are better together!
While ECEF does many things for special needs families, one of the most important is parent support. From a one-on-one chat with a mom reeling from a new diagnosis, to Mother’s Day Pamper Parties, we strive to create opportunities for parents to connect. There is healing when a parent can hear “me too”, and knowing you’re not alone is crucial to raising an exceptional child. In 2018, we would like to take this one step further. Our goal is to provide a mother’s retreat in the fall.
For many of our families, sleep is a challenge every night. A child with autism does not always understand his body’s rhythms and can work on merely hours of sleep. A little girl with Type 1 Diabetes has to have her sugar checked every night at 1:00 am, just in case that shot of insulin is necessary. Children with epilepsy have to be constantly monitored for seizures. Many mothers of special needs children haven’t had a peaceful night’s sleep in years. For the retreat, ECEF aims to provide the following at little or no cost to twenty special needs moms: - A two night hotel stay - Breakfast daily - Fun fellowship opportunities - Health and wellness classes by local experts This retreat would promote the idea of “caring for the caregiver”. We hope to teach parents that respite should be a proactive (not reactive) part of self-care. Enabling mothers to allow themselves to “tune out” and recuperate outside of the home will, in turn, strengthen the family as a whole.
100% of your donation would be used only for this retreat. Thank you for helping our special needs families continue, “Moving forward, together”! #GiveMomABreak