What others are saying about Buddy Break!
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“We have almost no where to turn and we are in a situation that is extremely trying. Madeline was up most of last night screaming. Molly was up the night before, yelping. Meghan is home with the flu, but is non-verbal, so we didn’t know she was sick until she was very sick. As you know, this is sooooo tiring. And I like to think I have endless energy and hope, but I do not so I need to reach out to others for help. As I see it, we are all one big family when it comes to raising Meghan, Molly, and Maddie. Matt and I are the everyday people, and you are the line behind us. You all are what gives us strength to get up every night with one or all of them.
When we see something in the paper about parents who lose it, we always say “why didn’t they ask for help?” so I am saying “HELP,” yet so few care to hear us. But you all do, and it’s appreciated more than can be expressed. I need to just have quiet sometimes–to clear my head and to not be responsible. I need to sit down and eat. I need to take a shower. I need to see my husband as a husband and not a fellow caretaker. When he is away, I need to regroup and start over and get my house cleaned and ready for the rest of the weekend. We need to go to the store and be able to shop and stay at the store for as long as we need to without leaving because of a tantrum.
These are things that are actually vital to us as a functioning family. We moved here for Princeton House Charter School, so we have no family here that can help us. You have become our family, and we now rely upon you as family.”
-Matt and Dianne, VIP Parents
“I will never be able to put into words how I came to the church broken and feeling that no one would be able to understand what a single mom with a special needs child goes through or even needs. But, the Lord has totally worked and used you all to bring hope, encouragement, joy, love, and compassion to someone that has been on this road for a long time and was getting weary and tired. I will never be able to thank you enough for being Jesus’ hands and feet to us.”
-Tammy, VIP Parent
“Buddy Break is such a gift for my family! My kids have found a place where they fit right in, are cared for, and loved in ways that sometimes I, as an exhausted mom, just can’t do. My son with special needs has a wonderful time playing with his Buddy and his sibling gets to talk to other children “like me, with a special brother or sister.” Meanwhile, I have time to get a few things done, reconnect with friends, or even just sit still with a sense of peace so that I can be a stronger and better parent. Thank you so much for all you do. I am incredibly grateful!”
-Lucette, VIP Parent
BUDDY BREAK COORDINATORS & LEADERSHIP TEAMS
“Buddy Break has been a blessing not only to the VIP parents and Buddies, but to the church as a whole. It has helped us grow our church ministry and created opportunities for us to reach out to people in our community and share God’s plan for them. It has also have given our church family a chance to step out of their comfort zone, in faith and serve our VIP families not only in Buddy Break, but in our church programming for our VIPs as well. Buddy Break is a BLESSING from every direction!”
-Nanci, Coordinator @ First Baptist Church of Windermere
“We just completed our first Buddy Training 101 with 63 Buddies in attendance. We haven’t even begun Buddy Break yet and only recently started advertising the program in our community. I just received registrations from a grandmother and a single mom who each signed up their special needs children and siblings. Both were so appreciative of the program, and the single mom told me that we sound so organized and the program sounds so good that she could just cry. “There’s help out there,” she said. It warmed my heart. So, while we’ve only just begun, may this new ministry at Grace Baptist Church bring glory to God in all our efforts. Thank you to everyone who had a hand in structuring this program so well to meet the needs of all concerned.”
-Denise, Carol, Charlotte, and Barbara, Buddy Break Leadership team @ Grace Baptist Church
“Jesus loves every one of His children. While He was here on earth, he healed the blind, the lame, and the sick (mentally, spiritually, and physically). Through Buddy Break, we are showing these families what Christianity is all about – loving these children in a tangible way.”
-Cholly, Coordinator @ Markham Woods Assembly of God
“We are doing well with Buddy Break here in Michigan. This program is the most amazing thing I’ve ever been a part of in my life. It brings joy to the lives of everyone it touches: kids, parents and volunteers. I can’t understand why more churches don’t get involved in it. Thanks for having the vision and courage to create Buddy Break.”
-Steve, Coordinator @ Grace Church
“Buddy Break has helped our special needs ministry in tremendous ways. Our Buddies feel so blessed by serving at Buddy Break that they also volunteer in our weekend and Wednesday evening Bible classes and made our first Special Needs VBS a great success last year. We are thrilled to offer such a wonderful outreach ministry to our local community.”
-Denise, Coordinator @ First Baptist Church of Windermere
- It has widened the meaning of Matthew 28:19-20 (The Great Commission) for me and opened my eyes to see that we need to obey God and be missionaries at home as well as abroad.
- I have learned that this is a two-way street. Yes, we want to help VIPs, but in return we are learning a lot from these precious families. I say that even though I was a care giver to my own VIP son, who has since gone home to be with the Lord. For many years, I basically focused on him, and yet through this program, I am amazed to see that there is so much more to be done.
- In doing Buddy Break, we have watched people come out of the shadows. It’s like a miracle! Yes, we have VIP families in our church, and they have grown to be part of us. We’ve also become aware of how many are in our community, and the need has really hit home. In just two of our area elementary schools, we have 114 VIPs.
I praise God for this program!”
-Charlotte @ Grace Baptist Church