2023 Buddy Break Schedule:

Join us from
9:30am – 12:30pm
March 11th, 2023
April 1st, 2023
May 6th, 2023
June – None
July – None
August 5th, 2023
September 9th, 2023
October 14th, 2023
November 4th, 2023
December 2nd, 2023
If you have any questions or would like any additional information please feel free to contact Raiford Road Church (Kim Lucas).
RRC Office: (904) 259-6015
Kim Lucas: (904) 316-2357
E-mail: office@raifordroadchurch.org

What is Buddy Break?

Buddy Break is a FREE Parents’ Day Out/respite program where kids with all types of special needs (VIP kids) have FUN while their parents get a BREAK. At Buddy Break, VIP kids and their siblings make new friends, play games, do crafts, hear children’s stories, enjoy music, and more! Meanwhile, parents get a break from their ongoing care-giving responsibilities, usually for three hours on a Saturday morning.

Click Here To Register Your Child (VIP)

Why Buddy Break?

  • Giving families of kids with special needs a break
  • One out of 10 kids under the age of 14 has some kind of special need. You probably know someone with a VIP kid!
  • The weight and stress of raising a child with special needs can be overwhelming.
  • Mental Health Treatment of stress is 2-3x higher for parents of VIP kids versus parents of typical kids.
  • The divorce rate is high (up to 80%) for couples with a child with special needs.
  • Families may experience extreme isolation, depression, loneliness, and fatigue.
  • Opportunities to get a break are rare, yet desperately needed to survive.

Get A Break

Do you have a VIP and need a break? If so, you’ve come to the right place.
VIPs include kids with any physical, cognitive, medical, or hidden disability, chronic or life-threatening illness, or those who are medically fragile. This program is for VIP kids ages 2 to 16, as well as siblings K4 to fifth grade. Some Buddy Break locations have expanded their programs to serve a wider age range based on the need in their communities.

Volunteer As A Buddy

Get started:
  • Contact that location’s coordinator and schedule a time to go Buddy Training 101 to be a Buddy!
  • Register as a Volunteer Buddy, contact Kim Lucas. 
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