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The YMCA mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.  We try to bring our mission to life by identifying needs in the community and finding ways to meet those needs. 

The purpose of Blessed Respite is to give the parents of children with special needs or caretakers of kinship (people raising children that are not their own) and foster children a time to get away for some rest and fun while their child/children have fun doing various activities that will be provided by loving and trained YMCA staff and volunteers.

Who is able to take part in this program?

Families who have at least one child with a physical or developmental disability between the ages of 6 weeks - 17 years old. All siblings, foster, and kinship children are to be between the ages of 6 weeks and 13.

If you are interested, please complete our interest form and we will reach out to you shortly.

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Upcoming Dates:

Saturday, July 20th 3:00pm-6:00pm

Saturday, August 17th 3:00pm-6:00pm

Saturday, September 21st 3:00pm-6:00pm

Where will this be held?

The Blessed Respite program will be held at Countryside YMCA
1699 Deerfield Road,
Lebanon, OH 45036

What are some examples of activities provided?

Some of the activities that may be offered are: craft area, gym time, Motion Zone, and playground (weather permitting.)

Who will be watching my child/children at the event?

Blessed Respite will have YMCA staff and volunteers to watch your children.  All volunteers and staff are background checked, and at least one staff person at the event will be CPR and first aid certified.

Will there be snacks provided?

Yes, there will be healthy snacks available. 

Who can I contact for more information?

If you need further information and/or would like to register, please email Sami Farmer at We will conduct an intake to guarantee that our program is a correct fit for your family. Intakes must be taken before you can attend an event.