All day on Saturday, almost 10 church choirs will lift their voices in song as they seek to raise money for a local bed-and-breakfast that provides a respite for families with special needs children.
A community choir singing will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Faith Missionary Baptist Church at 1731 U.S. 70 West in Morganton. This all-day singing is a fundraiser for Jason’s Getaway at Holly Hill in Nebo, which is a special bed-and-breakfast for families with special needs children and youth.
During this event, numerous church choirs, many of them from McDowell County, will sing songs of faith and inspiration. They include East Marion Baptist, South Marion Baptist, Victorious Church of God, First Baptist of Nebo, Pinnacle Baptist, Cross Mill Baptist, Faith Temple Tabernacle, Faith Missionary Baptist and Connelly Springs Free Will Baptist, said Jason’s Getaway Director Debbie Hernandez last week.
John Whisnant, pastor of Grandview Baptist Church and co-owner of Christian radio station AM 760 WCIS, will be the master of ceremonies. There will also be a raffle of a hand-sewn quilt. There will be a yard sale and a sale of hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue and baked goods. Door prizes will be available.
All of this is being done to raise money for a special place where for families with special needs children and youth.
Located on five acres at 5425 U.S. 70 West in Nebo, Jason’s Getaway is a non-profit, affordable bed and breakfast for families with special needs children or people who live in group homes. Opened in May 2016, it is intended for children and adults who are developmentally disabled or autistic and those who care for them.
Jason’s Getaway is located in a 1928 house called Holly Hill which has two adult bedrooms, two children’s bedrooms and two staff bedrooms. Four meals are provided during a two-day stay. The meals are served family-style and are tailored to the guests’ tastes. Jason’s Getaway at Holly Hill has a game/sensory room and playroom, indoor activities, a large wraparound porch, outdoor games, a spacious front yard and a back yard complete with a fire pit.
This unique place is the fulfillment of a long-held dream by Debbie Hernandez, who had this idea eight years ago when she was a special education teacher. Hernandez had previously taught at Black Mountain Center for six and a half years and then worked with special needs students at West Marion Elementary in the multi-handicapped classroom. After that, she got remarried and moved to Charlotte to teach in a resource classroom until her recent retirement.
“We want a place here where the kids are accepted,” said Hernandez in a previous interview. “We want to pamper the parents because they are stressed out. I want this place to be special.”
Since then, Jason’s Getaway has welcomed families from all over the nation who are looking forward to enjoying some time away from their everyday routines. They can relax in the backyard, toast marshmallows around the fire pit or play lawn games. They can enjoy a day at nearby Lake James, the Orchard at Altapass, gem mines or other area attractions.
The large front porch now has a swing and a chandelier. The upstairs bedrooms have been rearranged and the downstairs adult bedroom looks a little different too. Hernandez said these are just some little improvements.
Hernandez said she and her staff have lots of ideas for improving the outside area to make it even more welcoming for families but it take funds and volunteers to make it happen.
Jason’s Getaway wants to offer partial and full scholarships for families to attend this unique and special place. “That is because we have found out that many of our families are single moms and they just can't afford to attend Jason's Getaway, even though we have made it as affordable as we can,” said Hernandez. “We want to reach out to low-income families that may have a chance to get away.”
For more information about Saturday’s event, call Debbie Hernandez at 980-253-3905. You can also visit the Website www.jasonsgetaway.com or email email@example.com. It also has a Facebook page.