According to joniandfriends.org respite literally means “a period of rest or relief.” Respite events provide parents a temporary relief from the responsibilities of caring for children with physical or intellectual disabilities. Respite is a gift of time. It is a church outreach activity that draws otherwise cautious families over the threshold and into the church because respite meets a valuable and practical need. - Joni and Friends Respite Handbook.
A coffee shop offers a unique type of atmosphere that most people have experienced and probably take for granted. This type of community experience is something that most of our friends who have developmental disabilities rarely if ever have the opportunity to experience.
Our Friday activities start off in the church coffee shop at 10am with a Coffee Social. Pictured here is the second of two groups. We were privileged to have 30 people from the community join us this morning for donuts, coffee and pleasant conversation with friends.