ONE Person Can Make A Difference For ONE Family

Families of a child who has a disability or chronic illness know the commitment and intensity of care necessary for their children. The level of dedication and care becomes part of daily life, part of the family routine, but this same commitment can make stress routine too. Parents can become accustomed to having no time for themselves.

All parents, whether it be a couple or a single parent, need a break now and then, to have time for themselves.  This is true for families of children with disabilities or chronic health care needs too, only for these families it may be more difficult to arrange.  Our Buddy Break ministry here at First Baptist Orlando is a free respite program designed to give caregivers of kids with special needs a break for three hours one Saturday morning a month.

In addition to providing direct relief, Buddy Break provides added benefits for families, including:

  • Relaxation. Respite gives parents peace of mind, helps them relax, and renews their humor and their energy.
  • Enjoyment. Respite allows parents to enjoy favorite pastimes and pursue new activities.
  • Stability. Respite improves a parent’s ability to cope with daily responsibilities and maintain stability during crisis.
  • Involvement. Respite allows parents to become involved in community activities and to feel less isolated.

All that it takes to make this type of difference in the lives of ONE family is ONE person…just like YOU!  In our Buddy Break ministry, a “Buddy” is someone who has a desire to be a friend to a child with special needs.  No previous experience with kids with special needs is necessary to be a Buddy, just a loving heart, open arms, and a willingness to learn!

Call me at 407 514-4398 or email me at if you are interested in making a positive impact in our community thru our Buddy Break ministry!

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About Michael Woods

Christ-follower, husband, chocoholic, and peanut-butter lover! I'm a father to triplet boys...each on the autism spectrum.

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2 Comments on “ONE Person Can Make A Difference For ONE Family”

  1. Ann Kilter Says:

    This kind of help meant a great deal to us when our kids were small. We live in Michigan. What an opportunity to show the love of Christ to these families. What you deal with for three or four hours, these families deal with 24/7.


    • SpecialNeedsMinistry Says:

      Ann, I can’t think of a better way to start a faith-based ministry to families that have a child with special needs. Buddy Break is a great national ministry that helps churches to do this!


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