Buddy Break

Giving Caregivers of Kids with Special Needs a Break!



2019 Crossview Buddy Break Dates

(Registration Required)
  • Mar. 30 (Deadline to register: Mar. 16)
  • Jun. 29 (Deadline to register: Jun. 15)
  • Sep. 28 (Deadline to register: Sep. 14)
  • Dec. 7 (Deadline to register: Nov. 30)

What is Buddy Break?

Buddy Break is a free respite program where VIP kids with special needs are paired one-on-one with a Buddy to make new friends, play fun games, enjoy crafts, stories, music and more! Siblings have fun too! Meanwhile, their caregivers get a break from their ongoing caregiving responsibilities for three hours on designated Saturdays for each Buddy Break event.

Who are VIP kids?

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

Who are Buddies?

Buddies are friends of VIP kids. Each VIP kid is paired one-on-one with a screened volunteer Buddy who is at least 14 years of age and has completed a Buddy Training 101 Class. Many Crossview Buddies have a wide-range of experience in working with kids with special needs. Click here to view the 2019 Buddy Break Brochure.

Where is Buddy Break?

Buddy Break is a growing ministry to the VIP community done in partnership between Nathaniel’s Hope and local churches across the nation. Once a parent attends a one-time Orientation, or a Buddy attends a one-time Buddy Volunteer Training, he or she may participate in any Buddy Break Program anywhere by calling the location to make a reservation.

How do I sign up as a VIP/Sibling?

Click here for instructions to register a VIP/Sibling on the Buddy Break Online Database.

How do I sign up to be a Buddy?

Click here for instructions to register to be a Buddy on the Buddy Break Online Database.