Embrace is a program of the non-profit Arise. Arise’s mission is to help families affected by disability discover hope, overcome barriers, move forward. Embrace serves families who have individuals with disabilities through various programs. The programs Embrace offers are monthly respite, day camp, after school programs, sensory friendly/accessible events (trunk or treat and egg hunts) and other events as we see necessary. Embrace serves over 50 families per month at our respite nights. We have a mailing list of over 110 families who have expressed interest in Embrace or attended Embrace
Our vision is to educate and equip all people to embrace our friends with disabilities and their families as indispensable to the community.
Our mission is to create opportunities for relationships between our friends with disabilities, their families and the community.
WE BELIEVE that our friends with disabilities are fearfully and wonderfully made by God and are indispensable to the community.
Embrace Family Camp is a week long camp devoted solely to loving families affected by disability while at the same time giving them an opportunity to get away from day to day life to be encouraged, refreshed, and loved in a safe environment for their family member(s) with disabilities. This camp will provide opportunities for parents to reconnect, kids to be loved, parents to be encouraged and refreshed.
The dates for this camp are August 4-9, 2019. Volunteers will arrive on August 4th in the afternoon and then they will receive training and be set up for a successful week with our friends with disabilities and their families. Families will arrive on August 5th in the afternoon. Everyone will depart on August 9th around lunch time.
Embrace is looking for about a group of 20 to come and help out. The roles that are available are buddies or assistants in certain program areas. Buddies will be assigned to an individual with disabilities as their buddy/friend for the week. They will participate in all activities with their buddy, keep their buddy safe, encourage their buddy to participate in activities, help out the family as necessary throughout the week, build a relationship of trust with the parents, have fun and be a friend.
Individuals assigned as a program area assistant will be a partner to the program director in that area. They will assist with activities, gather supplies, help make sure kids are safe, etc.
The camp is located in Reisterstown, MD (about 30 minutes from BWI). Lodging is in dorm style housing. Meals are provided in the cost.
The cost for the week for volunteers is $500 per person which includes 3 meals/day, lodging, activities, and a week of encouragement. Part of this fee helps Embrace families defer the cost of their participation at the Embrace Family Camp.
Morning Worship (families and buddies)
PRogram Rotation (music, games, lesson, crafts)/Parent encouragement
Afternoon activities (swimming, ropes course etc)
Break (3-5 p.m daily break for all volunteers)
Evening activity (whole family with buddies)
Ready to Serve? MNA Contacts
MNA ShortTerm Missions Specialist
MNA ShortTerm Missions Facilitator