Bereaved Batten parents Warren and Brenda Pfohl know how challenging it can be to have a child with special needs. They understand what it is like for a parent to work tirelessly to make their child’s life as wonderful as possible and are well aware that often times parents and caregivers are so focused on their loved ones that they forget to take care of themselves. It was with this in mind that the Pfohl’s started David’s Refuge, an organization that “…was formed in honor of David to encourage parents to keep pressing on. As our guest, our prayer for you is that you will be restored and refreshed to fight the good fight, to finish the race and to keep the faith.”
On their website, they explain “As parents of a child with special needs, we understand the feelings of isolation, exhaustion, and stress families experience in their role as caretakers. We’ve wrestled with questions of faith, felt the sting of broken dreams, and have questioned whether what we were doing really mattered.”
Their mission is to provide a place of respite free of charge for parents and guardians of children with special needs or life-threatening medical conditions where they will be refreshed, restored, and renewed in their role as caregivers. David’s Refuge allows parents and other caregivers much needed time to rest, reflect and recharge from the stress of full-time care-giving. They want others to know three things: that they are not alone, what they do matters, and there is a God who loves them.
To learn more about David’s Refuge and the Pfohl’s visit davidsrefuge.org.
Warren also writes a wonderful blog that touches on many aspects of having a child with specialneeds,https://caregiversrefuge.wordpress.com/