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Whenever I meet a family who has a child with a special need or who has a potentially life threatening disease it doesn’t take me very long to start talking about David’s Refuge.  I explain who we are and quickly invite them to consider coming to spend a few days as our guest.  Each family I talk to is unique.  Some have been caretakers for years; others have just started their first few wobbly steps on the journey of caring for their child.  Some have children with definitive multiple challenges; others are still in the process of learning that the list of their child’s special needs is growing with words they have never even heard of before.  As I already said, each family is unique.

Often when I invite a family to consider making a reservation at David’s Refuge I get the following response, “Someone else deserves this more than I do.”  They quickly point out other families they know who have children who are more physically or cognitively or emotionally involved than their own.  Thankfully this gives me a chance to remind them that David’s Refuge is ultimately not about whose family has the sickest child or has the rarest disease.  David’s Refuge is about them; about them as parents, about them as caregivers, and about their ability to stay in the game for the long haul.  While they may always be able to point to a family whose child has greater challenges than their own, no parent who loves and cares for a child with special needs can say they don’t need a break, a refuge, an opportunity to simply recharge their  batteries.

You see, while each family I talk to is unique, they are also very much alike in their need to care for themselves.  The next time I talk to you and encourage you to consider staying with us at David’s Refuge simply say, “Yes,” and then give me the name of the family you think deserves it more then you do and I will call them and invite them to stay with us as well.

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Guests

Guest:  “One who is a recipient of hospitality at the home or table of another.”

David’s Refuge’s success rises and falls on having guests.  No guests, no hospitality.  No guests, no refreshment.  No guests, no breakfast.  No guests, no David’s Refuge.  You see, we love guests!  We love inviting them, serving them, and allowing them to find hope, refreshment, and restoration as they unplug for a few hours or days.  It’s our belief that once you come and spend a few days at David’s Refuge that you will leave knowing you are not alone, that what you do matters, and that God loves you.

But our success isn’t only measured by the number of warm bodies we can jam into our schedule.  True success occurs when people leave feeling loved, restored, connected, and empowered to return to the herculean  task of 24/7 caregiving.  How do you measure that?

One of the things we ask our guest to do is sign our guest registry.  I love sitting down with Brenda to read their remarks.  We have found this a great tool to help us measure how we are doing at living our mission.   Let me share just a few snippets from one of our guests that shows we are on the right path.

“Thank you so much for these 4 days & 3 nights of refuge from the storms of life…We no longer feel alone!…Your tender caring, lovely planning, & generous giving will always be a fond memory that will strengthen us for days and weeks to come”

Reservations are starting to fill in our calendar and each one excites us as much as our first.  If you know of someone who could use a break, or maybe it’s YOU, give us a call [315 682-4204] so that you can be “a recipient of hospitality at” David’s Refuge.

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