No, Night OWLS is open to any family in the DFW area.
Night OWLS welcomes children with special needs and their siblings from the age of 3 months up to their 13th birthday. Families must complete an application for each child attending. Please complete the appropriate application below. Melaine Lucido, Night OWLS Coordinator, will follow up with your upon receipt.
Once the family has been accepted into the program, they will attend one Friday night a month. The program is from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Highland Park United Methodist Church. There is no cost to the family.
Night OWLS Evening
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.
Families will complete a registration form for each child who will be attending Night OWLS and return it to the Night OWLS Coordinator. Please contact Melanie Lucido to request a registration form. or 214-523-2284.
Night OWLS is provided at no cost for families.
Each family is assigned one Friday night of the month. They have a standing reservation for that Friday night each month.
Families can bring their children 6:00 pm and must pick them up by 10 pm.
Night OWLS is for the family only.
Two registered nurses are present each Night OWLS evening and will perform any medical procedures, administer medications, and perform g tube feedings.
We do not provide any food during the evening because of food allergies. Families are welcome to bring food and drinks for their children.
A trained volunteer will be paired with a child for the evening.
Each case is considered on an individual basis.
Yes, we do serve medically fragile children. There are always 2 registered pediatric nurses present to provide medical care. We have children with trachs, seizures, and multiple disabilities.
No, we pair each child with different people who serve.
Sibshops are best described as opportunities for brothers and sisters of children with special needs to obtain peer support and education within a recreational context. Our Sibshop meets six times a year. Families who participate in the Special Needs Ministry at HPUMC will receive emails to inform them of when and where Sibshops will meet.
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