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Emmanuel Church is happy to present Buddy Break!

What is Buddy Break?

Buddy Break is a free kids/respite program where children with special needs (VIP kids) make new friends, play fun games, enjoy crafts, therapy dogs, stories, music activities, and more! Siblings have fun too! Meanwhile, their caregivers get a break from their ongoing care-giving responsibilities for three hours. Buddy Break is open to church members and non-church members with VIP kids.

Each VIP kid is paired one-on-one with a screened volunteer, called a buddy; to participate in that day's activities.

When do we meet?

Buddy Break meets every first Saturday of the month from 10:00am - 1:00pm at Emmanuel Church in Room 7.

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 VIPs. At Emmanuel Church we train young and old to become official Buddies for VIPs.

How do I sign up as a VIP?

Emmanuel Presbyterian Church provides Buddy Break for VIP children ages: 2-16 years old, and their siblings: 4 years old to 5th grade.

To sign up for the program as a VIP:

  • Conact the Buddy Break coordinator Claudine Schoooley at buddybreak.epc@gmail.com.
  • To make a reservation for our upcoming Buddy Break as a VIP:

  • Email buddybreak.epc@gmail.com or contact Claudine Schoooley at (805)-796-8351
  • How do I sign up to be a Buddy?

    No previous experience with VIP kids is necessary to be a Buddy, just a loving heart, open arms, and a willingness to learn. You must be at least 14 years of age and you will be trained through a two-hour Buddy Training 101 class. You also agree to have a background check run on your information.

    To sign up for the program as a Buddy:

  • Go to www.Nathanielshope.org and complete the secure online Buddy Form.
  • Contact us to schedule a visit or reserve your space at a mandatory Buddy Training 101 class.
  • Contact Information

    Claudine Schooley, Buddy Break Coordinator



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