What does the David’s Refuge Community Offer?
David’s Refuge is a community that supports and cares for parents/caregivers of children with special needs or a life threatening illness. We are a community of compassion, understanding and inclusion. We are the community that comes alongside caregivers on their journey to offer encouragement, grace and strength. We live out our values with love, hope and joy. We are always excited to welcome new families to our community. We encourage you to explore all of our areas of caring (make “areas of caring” a link to that page) and engage in the ones that feel right for your family.
Who can go on a respite weekend?
David’s Refuge offers two types of caregiving weekends
- Single Parent: if you are a single mom or dad we are so excited about our single parent weekends. They are customized specifically for amazing moms and dads like you. They offer a combination of time with other single parents as well as time on your own to relax and focus on you.
- Caregiving Couple: These weekends are designed to offer time to reconnect and focus on your relationship. They also offer the opportunity to connect with other caregiving couples.
What is a Caregiving Couple?
A caregiving couple is a couple (married or not) that reside in the same home and both significantly care for the child with special needs or life threatening illness.
Am I Eligible?
After completing an application and sending in your supporting documentation, the David’s Refuge team will review and evaluate your information. We do our best to look at a combination of diagnosis, supports in place and the level of care being provided each day.
How long are the respite weekend stays?
We offer two-night getaway weekends, checking in Friday and checking out on Sunday.
How often can I come?
You are welcome to reapply for weekends respite once each year.
When is check-in for weekend respite?
At most of our locations check-in time is 3:00 p.m. or after. Check-out time is usually 11:00 a.m.
What is a host mentor?
Host mentors offer an opportunity for an ongoing relationship with a mentor who “gets it”. They have first-hand experience with the demands of caregiving as well as an understanding of need for respite and self-care. These volunteers are there to support and encourage you throughout the year, facilitating meaningful connections and, most importantly, listening. These experiences have a profound and meaningful impact on parents, the way they see their life, and their ability to move forward from a place of strength.
What kind of program do you offer on respite weekends?
David’s Refuge offers a non-program program. Our goal is to provide you an opportunity to unplug from life and take time to refresh and restore yourself. Our weekends are designed to care for parents in the best way we can. Each of our weekends offers a combination of time together to connect with other caregivers and time on your own.
How much does the weekend respite cost
Accommodations on a David’s Refuge respite weekend are offered to qualified caregivers free of charge, expenses being underwritten by the generous support of donors. This covers the cost of your room, breakfast, a weekend stipend for meals or activities and several other amenities.
Where are you located?
David’s Refuge partners with locations throughout Central New York, the Southern Tier and Western New York. Please follow this LINK to see a list of our locations.
Can I choose the location for my respite weekend?
Once you qualify you will receive our calendar link with our available dates and locations. You are free to choose any available opening on the calendar. If all of the weekends are full for the current year, you will be placed on the wait list for the following year.
What if I have to cancel my weekend respite?
Cancellation Policy: If you have to cancel your weekend respite for any reason, David’s Refuge cannot guarantee an alternate date for you in this calendar year. You will be placed on our cancellation list.
Can I bring my children on my respite weekend?
No. David’s Refuge weekends are designed for parents/guardians to get away and be recharged.
Who will watch my children for my respite weekend?
You will be responsible to find appropriate care for your children. Many of our guests utilize family members or friends; others find caregivers through schools and agencies they are connected to or by networking with other parents.
Are there any funds available to help with childcare?
Yes. David’s Refuge will help offset the cost of caring for your child with special needs if needed through a generous grant from The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation. Our respite reimbursement program is designed to help those that would otherwise be unable to pay for their respite care expenses. If you receive respite through an agency, those funds must be utilized before you apply for funding from David’s Refuge. David’s Refuge reimburses the respite provider directly.
Does the location have pets?
Some of our locations have pets. If you have allergies, please come prepared or choose a location that does not have pets.
Are your locations handicapped accessible?
Most B&B’s and Inns are not accessible. David’s Refuge does partner with several locations that are accessible. If you need an accessible room/location, please contact out office at 315.682.4204.
Am I allowed to smoke?
Sorry, all of our locations are non-smoking buildings and properties.
What is the Parent Night Out Program?
The parent night out program is a once a year dinner program available for our David’s Refuge community. Go our to eat at your favorite restaurant and David’s Refuge will cover up to $50.
What events does David’s Refuge host during the year?
David’s Refuge hosts a variety of event throughout the year, for parents and families, with our many wonderful partner! The event include: Valentine’s Date Night, Hop into Spring, Beauty of Mom, Dad’s BBQ, Summer Celebration, Halloween Parade, Cookies with Santa and more! Please follow this link to our events page to find out more information and to register for any of our upcoming events.
What is a Community Champion Grant?
The Community Champion Grant is a program dedicated to supporting and revitalizing families within the special needs community. With this grant, community members will be given funding of $250-$500 to plan and execute an event or project for other special needs families in their community. Follow this Link to the application.
What are some ways I can support someone who will stay at David’s Refuge?
You can remind them it is OK for them to have a break; it will make them a better parent. You can offer to care for their children or pets while they are away. You can send a donation to David’s Refuge to help cover the expense of the getaway. You can help pay for their travel expenses if they are coming a long distance.