A project to help support families who struggle with finding respite care for their high needs dependents.
When it comes to making an impact on their community, the Hudnall and Shevlin families are no strangers to getting involved. 2016 marked the fourth year they have participated in the Youth Philanthropy Contest. This time, Madeline & LIllian Hudnall and Mac & Ella Shevlin put their focus on providing respite care for families with high-needs dependents.
As their youth contest application states, “Providing assistance for those families allows for increased community participation, stronger family bonds, and much needed relief for caregivers. Providing “recess” time for moms and dads allows them the opportunity to enjoy life events together. Much of the time parents take turns going to events while the other parent provides the care for their loved one. Getting a chance to “rest” by participating in community events enhances a sense of belonging, friendship, and community. It’s also a way that caregivers can recharge so that they can provide even better care for their loved ones.”
Recess for Mom and Dad worked with the Arc of Platte County in carrying out the project. The Arc frequently receives requests from families needing assistance with respite care. In addition, the Hudnalls and Shevlins also volunteered with respite care days and summer camps hosted by the Arc.