Nathaniel’s Hope was founded in 2002 to meet the needs of kids with special needs (VIP Kids) and their families. VIP Kids are those with any physical, cognitive, medical or hidden disability, chronic or life-threatening illness, or those who are medically fragile. Through their personal experience with their son Nathaniel, co-founders Tim and Marie Kuck saw first-hand how demanding it can be to raise a child with special needs. Though a tremendous blessing, the life of raising a VIP Kid can be all-consuming with very little support available, even from friends and family, forcing many VIP families to travel the journey overwhelmed and alone.
BRINGING HOPE AND RESOURCES OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO VIP KIDS AND THEIR FAMILIES
Buddy Break was created to provide respite care for families who had little or no support system to give them a break when they need it the most. Buddy Break is a program that gives VIP parents that break, while allowing people to get involved by being a Buddy friend to a child and their family.
SATURDAYS 10am – 1pm
July 10 | August 14 | September TBD | November 13 | December 11
WHO ARE WE?
After many years of caring for and raising their son, Chad, who is blind, autistic, and has other mental challenges, Rafael and Kasey Barreras felt God’s calling to share their hearts for the special needs community and their families by starting the Buddy Break program here at Church in the Son. Rafael has been a member of CITS since 2006 and Kasey since 2008 when they met. They are also leaders of a small group for the parents and family members of children with special needs which meets once a month here at CITS.
WORK WITH US
Please contact us if you would like to volunteer once a month.
Bringing hope and resources of encouragement to VIP kids and their families. Providing practical assistance by offering free respite care for VIP kids once a month at CITS. Educating the community on how to be a Buddy to VIP kids and their families. Sharing hope and the message of Jesus with grieving families.