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Respite Family Services

Respite Family Services

About Respite Family Services

Little Friends Respite Family Services offers caregivers time for rest and relief from challenges associated with raising a child with special needs. Our program offers multi-week sessions for children with special needs and their siblings featuring indoor and outdoor activities and socialization opportunities. Currently, there is no fee for this program serving children 3-17 and siblings.

Each session is hosted by a lead instructor, paid staff members, Certified Nursing Assistant, and community volunteers. All participants are guided to engage in structured activities, art projects, gross and fine motor play while encouraged to socialize. One to one aides are available as needed. Sessions are ongoing throughout the year.

Weekly Sessions – Thursday Evenings
5:30-7:30 pm at Little Friends Warrenville campus

2023 Schedule: 
  • Winter Session – January 19, 2023 – March 23, 2023
  • Spring Session – April 6, 2023 – May 25, 2023
  • Summer Session – June 1, 2023 – July 13, 2023
  • Fall Session – August 17, 2023 – October 26, 2023
  • Holiday Session – November 2, 2023 – December 14, 2023

Contact Information

Contact Becky Pundy at 630-204-0224 or bpundy@lilfriends.com for specific session information and new participant registration.

Big hearts needed to engage little minds and hold hands of special needs children and siblings aged 3-17.  Little Friends Family Respite Services program offers multi-week sessions for children with special needs and their siblings, featuring indoor and outdoor activities and socialization opportunities.

Volunteers are needed to help supervise these planned activities. You will gain experiential learning for your future career in education, nursing, physical therapy and beyond. You can earn service hours or build your college and career resume. Choose one or multiple shifts. We are seeking high school and college students as well as adult volunteers on an ongoing basis.

  • Be a Respite Volunteer!
  • Experiential Learning
  • Honor Society Hours
  • College & Career Resume Builder
  • Mature Teens 14+
  • Training Provided
  • Weekly or Monthly
  • Make New Friends & Develop New Skills

Contact our Respite program director, Becky Pundy, at 630-204-0224 or bpundy@lilfriends.com to learn more!

Meet The Staff

Becky Pundy

Director
Respite Services

Becky has been working as a parent and family support advocate for 10 years. Becky is former Founder and Executive Director of Respite Endowment Organization, a private 501c3, which provided respite services and support to families in Naperville and surrounding areas. Respite Endowment Organization merged with Little Friends and became the 5th program of service to the agency. Becky also worked as a Parent Mentor in District 203, is certified by ISBE as a Parent Education Partner and worked for Illinois state agency PACT Inc., as a Parent Liaison. Becky has a BA in Communications from Rider University.

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I love my school

“I love my school because I have great teachers and friends.”

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I like to socialize and laugh

“I like to socialize and laugh with my friends every day.”

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Little Friends staff are remarkable people

“As parents, we feel truly thankful and blessed for the opportunities that Little Friends has provided and offered.  Little Friends staff are remarkable people who are dedicated to what they do and those they serve.”

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Good times with friends and people who care

“For my son, this has not been just a school but the place where he spends good times with friends and people who care about him.”

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How grateful we are

“How grateful we are to all the angels who work with our son at Little Friends. This is his home.”

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Krejci means so much to Us

“Krejci means so much to us because it’s been the one place that has truly helped my child excel and grow; the place that he is not judged or made to feel different but accepted. I am so appreciative of the patience, care, and hard work from all the Krejci staff.”

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Positive Impact on our Family

“Respite has had such a positive impact on our family. We love that our kids can socialize with other families that share our similarities. It gives me comfort knowing he is in good hands”