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Respite Care


Respite care is temporary relief care designed for families of children or adults with special needs. Respite care can range from a few hours of care provided on a one-time basis to overnight or extended care sessions. Respite care can be utilized on a regular or irregular basis and can be provided by family members, friends, skilled care providers, or professionals. Providers, chosen by the family, care for children or adults with special needs while families take a class, go to a movie, go on a vacation, or enjoy any activity.

Respite care is designed to help families. Parents and caretakers of children or adults with special needs often face serious problems and stress as a result of balancing the needs of their child or adult with special needs with the needs of other family members. The breaks, that respite care provides, allow families time to tend to the needs of their children, spouses, and themselves.

Private Services


If you are in need of some assistance, you can hire a private caregiver.  A private caregiver is someone who has experience working with individuals with special needs and is able to care for your loved one while you are away.

Buddy Break Program


Buddy Break is a program that provides parents of Special Needs Children a break. It is carried out in partnership with local area churches, since they believe that the “local church has the greatest opportunity, desire, and responsibility to provide these families with practical assistance within their own communities”.

Buddy Break was first introduced at Calvary Assembly in Winter Park, Florida in 2004. Since its inception, Calvary has served as a model and training ground for the other locations that are extending now across the nation. Buddy Break’s hope is to create a nationwide Buddy Break network that will be available to families wherever they may go!

Lakeland Area

At this time, Buddy Break is seeking a local area church that will establish and provide services to the greater Polk County area.



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