Few things in life are a "win-win" situation.
But for the families as well as our volunteers, TAKE-A-BREAK is one of them. Listen to some of our participants:
"Thank you, thank you, thank you. My children and I had such a wonderful time. You all made us feel at home and you treated us with respect and love. We would never have been able to do this on our own. Everyone worked so hard for us - those we saw every day and those who worked behind the scenes. We enjoyed every minute of our vacation - this beautiful gift from God." (A Mother)
"At first I was scared of all the people and noises. But the people were nice and then I didn’t hear the bugs anymore. Learning soccer was great!" (Boy, age 7)
"I have volunteered for the Take-A- Break program since its start. The program is indeed a work of God and of our Founder, Bl. Alfonso Maria Fusco. In this place of God’s beautiful creation we do what we can to bring some joy and peace to these parents and their children."
(Sister, Adult Assistant)
" I didn’t want to come and leave my friends. I thought it would be boring. But I met other girls and we became new friends. We loved to be in the pool and tell about ourselves. I hope I can come back" (Girl, age 11)
"I was inspired by the love and devotion showed by the Sisters and all adults present. The children seemed so excited. The level and variety of activities was incredible. TAKE-A-BREAK was a welcome break from the hectic pace of my regular life. I will definitely volunteer to come again." (Adult Counselor)
"I thoroughly enjoyed my much needed break. I was able to spend time with my children without having to say "Wait until after I do the dishes, clean the house, come home from work, etc." This was a precious time for me to be with my children, play with them, enjoy them. I want my children to be loving, caring people and these days, living and sharing with other families, was a time for me to reinforce these goals." (Arlene, Mother)
"I wished I didn’t have to leave. Everything’s nice here. No fighting, no shouting. Lots to do and eat. But it’s a little buggy. (Melissa, Age 8)
"I’ve been coming for 3 years and every year is more rewarding. The Sisters and volunteers put their hearts into this program - and it shows. I’ll be back next year to see more of the smiles on all the kids’ faces (Teen Counselor)
"Thank you once again. Keep up this good work for other mothers like me who really need a "BREAK". (Mother)
To help support or learn more about the
TAKE-A-BREAK program, please contact:
Sr. Rosaria De Maro, C.S.JB.
150 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577