2022 Buddy Break Schedule:

September 10th, 2022 
9:30am – 12:30pm
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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