The Melissa Rotary
PO Box 272
Melissa, Texas 75454
For Immediate Release
Contact: J.J. Chapa, 972-254-2011
Don Nicolini, 214-707-1295
Randy Kaiser, 214-704-2491
Melissa Rotary Kids Our Kids Program Will Serve Special Needs Children and Their Families
Free Respite Care; Volunteers and Program Participants Still Needed
The Melissa Rotary will open the doors to the Kids Our Kids Respite Program on March 26, 2011 at 6 p.m. at Mudpies and Lullabies
Preschool in Melissa. This respite care program for families with special needs children is the latest project that the Melissa Rotary is
taking on in the North Collin county area.
The Kids Our Kids Family Respite program will serve area families and their children through respite care. It is the culmination of
three service organizations coming together to provide a meaningful impact in their community. The Melissa Rotary reached out to
the Unbiological Sisterhood group and Omega Delta Phi service fraternity to help identify volunteers.
Respite programming is short-term, temporary relief for those who are caring for family members that require special attention. It
gives short term breaks to these caregivers and is a much needed break from the exhausting challenges faced by family caregivers.
"We've been in this position of needing respite service in the past," says Danielle Dorman-Chapa, a Melissa Rotary member and
mother of a special needs child. "You just can't call anyone to come in and watch your child with special needs." Families with
special needs children have divorce rates of between 85 to 90 percent.
"Having a special needs child presents challenges for everyone in a family," Dorman-Chapa said. "Respite is a necessary and needed
break to let mom, dad and siblings catch their breath."
“When we were approached to be a partner for this program it only made common sense,” said Jesse Tapia, Chairman of the Omega
Delta Phi, DFW Alumni Service Fraternity. “It is a pure volunteer effort that only requires compassion for others and our time; that’s
what our organization is all about.”
“We are excited to be one of the founding groups that can bring this important project into existence,” Tapia said. “We understand
that there are year plus long waiting lists for programs just like this one.” “Families shouldn’t have to wait to be able to make time
for each other and we are excited to help.”
The Kids Our Kids program will take place quarterly and is open to any families that have a special needs child from ages 6 months to
12 years. All of the siblings of the special needs family will also be able to attend free of charge.
“What makes this program unique is that it puts one volunteer with one child,” Dorman-Chapa said. “Every child that is part of Kids
Our Kids will have one volunteer dote on them the entire time they are with us.”
The service is provided free of charge to all participants but pre-registration is required. The Rotary is still looking for volunteers but
most importantly still has openings for families that can use this service. Online registration and information is available at
www.KidsOurKids.INFO or call J.J. Chapa at 972-254-2011.