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Buddy Break is a FREE kids/respite program designed to give caregivers of kids with special needs (VIP kids) a break from their ongoing care-giving responsibilities.

VIP Kids

Kids with special needs are our VIP kids!  VIPs include kids with any physical, cognitive, medical, or hidden disability, chronic or life-threatening illness, or those who are medically fragile.

Buddies

Buddies are friends to VIP kids.  Volunteer Buddies must be at least 14 years of age, complete a two hour Buddy Training 101 program, and agree to have a background check. No previous experience necessary!

Each VIP kid at Buddy Break is paired up with a Buddy friend for one-on-one attention as everyone has fun playing games, hearing and seeing great children’s stories, videos, music and more while giving the caregivers a much needed break! Siblings have fun too! Meanwhile, their caregivers get a break from their ongoing care-giving responsibilites for three hours on a Saturday once a month.

Want to learn more?

Go to the National Buddy Break Website: http://www.nathanielshope.org/

Visit Northside’s Buddy Break Facebook page: facebook.com/BuddyBreakNorthside

Want to participate?

Email us here: buddybreaknorthside@yahoo.com