FRIENDS has been providing Respite events since 2002, and individual respite has been available since the organization began in 1995. Our goal is to provide parents and other primary caregivers the opportunity to take a much-needed break so that they can return to their jobs as full-time caregivers refreshed and ready to meet the challenges that lie ahead.
This year we introduced First Friday Date Night. With this program families have the opportunity to count on a respite opportunity once a month. This gives parents and grandparents a chance to plan for errands, movie nights, time at restaurants, etc. on a monthly basis. In other words, families have the opportunity to participate in activities that we all take for granted, knowing that the special needs of their children will be met.
One parent writes “Date Night was the first time in over a year that my husband and I have had time alone. It was wonderful to just have time together to do whatever we wanted. It also was great for the kids to have the opportunity to interact with other children in a different setting. These opportunities are so rare because it is so difficult to go on outings with this many children. Thank you so much for giving us this golden time!”
Families may participate in these respite opportunities if they have a child who is enrolled in the Tennessee Early Intervention System.
For a schedule of First Friday Date Nights click here.