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Real Live Help:

[Respite Providers (caregivers)]     [Transportation]     [Dentists/Orthodontics]     [Home/facility Modification]

  • Respite Providers:

    First United Methodist Church of Garland - respite/child care for children with or without exceptional needs
    Garland, Texas , Kids Night Out 972-494-3096



    Respite Care for children with special needs - Irving Bible Church (2435 Kinwest Parkway - Irving)

    Call for schedule Birth – 12 years??

    ????100 Families – 200 Children


    Jan Fanning Children's Pastor

    Night Owls - Highland Park United Methodist Church (Preston & Mockingbird-Dallas)

    First and Third Friday 6-10 p.m. Birth – 12 years

    100 Families – 200 Children


    Kim Cavendar Night Owls Coordinator

    Karen Gilmore Activities Coordinator


    Night Lights - Lovers Lane United Methodist Church (Northwest Highway & Inwood-Dallas)

    First Friday 6-10 p.m. 3 months – 12 years

    ?? Families – ?? Children


    Sherry Bryant Director of Special Needs

    Ellen Rich Program Administrator

    Lambs – Valley View Christian Church (Trinity Mills & Marsh-Carrollton)

    Fourth Friday 6:30-10 p.m.

    18 Families – 25 Children (Currently attending the program)

    972-245-8822 ext 410


    B. G. Hasselle Coordinator

    Jennifer Perry & Sherry Kid Volunteer Coordinators

    Harvey’s Kids – Holy Covenant United Methodist Church (Josey & Frankfort-Carrollton)

    Second Saturday 6-9 p.m. Special needs children infant – 5th grade, sibling – 13 years

    21 Families – 40 Children


    Denise Peckham Associate Pastor - ext 23

    Jana Jones Director of Children Ministries - ext 34

    Friday NITE Friends – Custer Road United Methodist Church (Plano)

    Every Friday Night – during school year follows PISD Calendar

    Open during the summer off holiday weekends 6-10 p.m.

    65 Families – 148 Children (Currently have a wait list)

    972-618-3450 ext 247

    Kyla Prestwood Director of Program

    Carol Brady Coordinator on Friday Nights/Group Coordinator

    Julie Kimmet Individual Volunteer Coordinator and

    Fun Zone - Stonebriar Community Church (Frisco)

    Second Saturday 6-10 p.m.

    40 Families – 30 Children

    Sue Lindahl Special Needs Coordinator

    Tammy Cameron Fun Zone Supervisor


    Friday Kids – First United Methodist Church (Denton)

    Every Friday Night 6-10 p.m.

    Special needs children: siblings ages birth to 18 years


    Sue O’Neill

    Saturday Night Alive – First United Methodist Church (Rockwall)

    1st Saturday of each month 6:30-9:30 p.m.

    20-25 Children

    All children with disabilities of any age and siblings to age 12


    Jennifer Everett Director of Children’s Ministries

    Evening Stars – First Baptist Church (Colleyville)

    4th Friday of the Month 6-10 p.m. Birth – 12 years

    29 families 60 children

    817-281-4158 ext 225

    Erica Freeman

    Night Out – Southcliff Baptist Church (4100 SW Loop 820 Fort Worth)

    Varies typically 2nd and 4th Saturday 6-9 p.m.

    Special needs children and siblings ages birth – 18 years

    Contact Person: Darby Gilliam


    817-924-2241 (church office)

    First Friday Program – First United Methodist Church (313 North Center Street, Arlington)

    1st Friday of the Month 6-10 p.m.

    Special needs children and siblings ages birth – 18 years

    Contact Person: Holly Hattendorf

    817-274-2571 (Main church office)

    REVIVE – Northwood Baptist Church (Keller)

    Twice a month, usually the 2nd and 4th Fridays, but call for schedule

    45 kids per event (with waiting list)

    Special needs children and siblings birth - ??

    Contact Person: Lena Finholt, Director


    E-mail Lena Finholt or REVIVE at Northwood Church

    Katy Holland
    Experienced group home caregiver. Interested in group home, drop-in group home, care for the elderly, those with disabilities.
    Grapevine, TX (but will provide services in the entire metroplex
    Phone:817 416-2281 (leave message) Cell: (817) 726-3645

    University Students
    Dallas/FortWorth, Texas metroplex
    Phone:(817) 267-8563

  • Transportation:

    Foundation Behavior Education Modification (FBEM)
    Transportation Assistance Programs (Kate get's her rides to school and work with FBEM paid for through MHMR)
    801 East Loop 820
    Fort Worth, TX 76120
    Phone: (817) 429-1665

    Tarrant County Transportation Services
    County wide transportation service for older adults and person with disabilties (Medical, shopping, recreational trips)
    System Partner Cities: Westworth Village, Sansom Park, Crowley, Mansfield, Pelican Bay, Saginaw, Everman, Lakeside, Southlake. In conjunction with ARC Wheels, TXDOT and the T.
    $2.50 One Way Fare (No holiday or weekend service) Service hours 6am to 6pm
    Phone: ARC Wheels (817) 336-8714

  • Dentist/Orthodontics:

    John Stephens, D.D.S. (has a son with some exceptional needs)
    4354 Western Center Blvd.
    Fort Worth, Texas 76137
    Phone: (817) 232-8321

    Preventive Dental Care
    Children's Dentistry
    Complete Diagnostic & Restorative Services
    Cosmetic Services
    He is wonderful with Kate! She's had fillings with no pain meds..he's gentle, relaxing and has what he calls "a certain degree of patience". He's wrong, he has lots of patience/patients. Only dentist I ever saw that I almost looked forward to the visit. Really great guy! Enjoys our kids!

  • Home/facility Modification:

    As You Like It
    Debbie Calhoun, Owner
    Home Modifications and Adaptive Aids. Promoting independence through the help of their creative team of general contractors, electricians, plumbers, physical therapists and educators.
    P.O. Box 636
    Joshua, Texas 76058
    Phone :
    Cell (817) 223-6551
    Office: (817) 517-7043

    E-mail: Debbie Calhoun

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