Buddy Break

A free respite program for families with special needs children

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Buddy Break

Buddy Break is a free respite program that provides families with children who have special needs with a break. We call our special needs kiddos, our VIPs. VIPs with special needs, can include any physical, cognitive, medical or hidden disability, chronic or life-threatening illness, or those who are medically fragile. VIP children between the ages of 2-16 are welcome as well as their siblings 4 years old-5th grade (unless prior arrangements are made).


Buddy Break is held at the Naples SDA Church on the 3rd Friday of each month. You can check our Facebook page for the latest information and special monthly events.


VIPs come to make new friends, play fun games, enjoy crafts, therapy dogs, stories, music, activities and more! Siblings have a great time too! Meanwhile, their caregivers get a break from their ongoing care-giving responsibilities for 3 hours. Buddy Break is open to Anyone and Everyone!


Typically, each VIP child is paired one-on-one with a screened volunteer "buddy" to participate in that evenings activities. Buddies are friends of VIPs.


We want to provide HOPE to families of VIP kids and share God's love with them and their children.


RSVP is required each month from registered VIP families.


If you’d love to learn more, please don't hesitate to contact the Lead Coordinator, Michelle Crombie by completing the form below.


Visit our Facebook Page to stay current on upcoming events! Check out Buddy Break on the www.NathanielsHope.org website too!

Signing Up a VIP

1: REGISTER at Nathanialshope.org

a. If you are new, click the red button "Need an account? Sign up!" For Region: select Florida South

b. If you already have an account, select Sign In and log in with your login information


2: If you have a VIP that you'd like to attend Buddy Break:

a. From the Buddy Break Dashboard, click VIPs, then click Add a VIP

b. Complete the secure online "Buddy Break VIP Family Information Form."

c. Region: Florida South

d. Primary Buddy Break Location: Naples Seventh-day Adventist Church-Naples, FL

e. IMPORTANT NOTE: the correct region and location are important so that you will be in our database.


3: If you have siblings that you'd like to have attend Buddy Break:

a. From the Buddy Break Dashboard, click Siblings, then New Sibling

b. Complete the secure online "Buddy Break Sibling Information Form."

c. Region: Florida south

d. Primary Buddy Break Location: Naples Seventh-day Adventist Church-Naples, FL


4: Contact us to reserve your space at a required VIP orientation. This allows us to meet you and your children and gives you a chance to see Buddy Break before you begin participation.


5: Prior to orientation, print the Authorization and Release and Declaration of Consent forms. Complete both forms for each VIP and Sibling who will be attending Buddy Break.


6: IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not sign the forms until you come; we will have a notary available to notarize the forms for you!

Signing Up to Attend Buddy Break Naples

Once you have signed up for the program and gone through orientation, you'll need to make a reservation for each month that you want to attend Buddy Break. Space is limited and pre-registration is required, so register early! to make a reservation for our upcoming Buddy Break as a VIP complete the form below or email [email protected] or call Michelle Crombie at 239-272-8031.

What Qualifications are Required to Be a Buddy? How do You Become a Buddy?

Buddy qualifications

No previous experience with VIP kids is necessary to be a Buddy, just a loving heart, open arms, and a willingness to learn. You must be at least 14 years of age and you will be trained through a two-hour Buddy Training 101 class. You also agree to have a background check run on your information.

To Sign Up as a buddy

1: REGISTER at Nathanialshope.org

a. If you are new, click the red button "Need an account Sign Up!" For Region: select Florida South

b. If you already have an account, select Sign In and log in with your login information


2: If you would like to BECOME a BUDDY

a. From the Buddy Break Dashboard, click Buddies, then click Add a Buddy

b. Complete the secure online "Buddy Information Form"

c. Region: Florida South

d. Primary Buddy Break Location: Naples Seventh-day Adventist Church-Naples, FL

e. IMPORTANT NOTE: The correct region and location are important so that you will be in our database.


3: BACKGROUND CHECK

a. Here are the step-by-step instructions to sign up with Verified Volunteers and complete the online training.

b. After you complete your training, click the button "Submit Background Check"

c. Download the Instructions Click Here


4: ORIENTATION

a. When everything is completed, we will arrange to complete your orientation at the church.

Contact Buddy Break Naples Today! Complete the Form Below

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