Night OWLS (Out With Loving Sitters) is a faith based respite program provided on the 1st and 3rd Friday nights of each month for children with special needs and their siblings. Each child is paired with a volunteer for the evening. The trained volunteers provide individualized care for each child and participate in preplanned activities and events according to each child’s interest. Nurses are present to assist with any medical needs and to administer medications/feedings. We welcome children from the age of 3 months up to their 13th birthday. Night OWLS is open to the community.
Night OWLS Evening
Volunteers arrive at 5:15 pm for dinner and an orientation of the upcoming evening and families arrive at 6:00 pm. We offer a variety of activities for the children to choose from, including:
- Arts & crafts
- Music room
- Board games
- Wii games
- Face painting
Night OWLS makes every Friday night memorable for the children by bringing in special entertainment, including activities such as dancers, magicians, a petting zoo, and SPCA dogs. After the entertainment, we enjoy a celebration time and then a movie to start calming the children before the parents arrive.
If you are interested in attending or volunteering, please contact
Melanie Lucido, Program Coordinator at 214.523.2284 or
Ways to Help
- Become a Night OWLS volunteer
- Provide dinner to volunteers
- Offer financial support
Volunteers are required to complete an application, consent for background check, complete an online training, and attend a live training once a year. Volunteers must be 18 years of age. New volunteers can begin volunteering prior to attending their live training. If you are interested, please contact Melanie Lucido.
Groups such as Sunday school classes, UMW Circles, friends, and families, generously provide meals for the volunteers. Volunteers are served dinner before the families attend. If you are interested in providing dinner, please contact Melanie Lucido.
Offer Financial Support
Night OWLS is funded through private donations, memorials, and in kind gifts. If you are interested in helping our ministry, contact Cheryl Vandiver at 214.523.2209 or Melanie Lucido at 214.523.2284 or
Nurse for two nights