Gift of Time Respite

We are excited about our partnership with First Baptist Duluth for a Respite Saturday once a month (school year only). In connection with this partnership, Spectrum provides paid trained staff to assist the teens and other volunteers.

Saturday Respite Care is a program designed especially for children and adults with special needs who live at home ages 5-18. The program includes games, activities, a Bible lesson, crafts and music. The purpose of Respite Day is to provide rest and support to families and provide a safe Christian environment for individuals with special needs.

Respite Day is held one Saturday every month (school year only) from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and allows families affected by disabilities a much-needed break.

Families may bring their children to the Family Life Center behind First Baptist Duluth for respite care.

Respite Day is staffed by volunteers from First Baptist Duluth and trained, paid workers from Spectrum Autism Support Group . At least one volunteer on duty has had CPR training, and adult volunteers have had background checks.

Respite Day is by reservation only. Families of children with special needs who have siblings may bring all of their children to enjoy the day. You may register for the upcoming Respite Day only after the current one has passed.

How Much?
The cost of Respite Day is $25 per child with special needs. Payment will be required at the time of registration and a payment link will be provided.  Those who are using a respite voucher can indicate that on their registration form and do not need to make payment.  Siblings may attend for free.

Upcoming Schedule

Gift of Time Respite has been suspended at this time due to Covid concerns and hopefully will resume in 2022.

Registration is open for the current month's session only.  Registration for next month's session will open once this month's session has passed. If respite is closed and you want to be added to the waiting list (in case of a cancellation) please email Karen Padova at

Respite Location

The Gift of Time Respite is held one Saturday every month (school year only) from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm.

First Baptist Church of Duluth
2908 Duluth Highway 120
Duluth, GA 30096