NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (WANE) – A North Manchester mother is on a mission to provide respite care to those with family members that have intellectual and developmental disabilities. It’s from Cheryl Working’s personal experience being a caregiver that Daniel’s Place was born.
Daniel’s Place is named after Cheryl’s son, and officially opened its doors last month. Cheryl realized when her daughter left for college, she’d never get rest from being a caregiver to Daniel.
She looked around for respite care in the North Manchester area, but the only one she found that suited her needs was more than an hour away. So, she took inspiration from other organizations, and Daniel’s Place came alive.
“I’m a mom who understands the needs of a mom, the needs of a family to have that rest, to have that support, to know you’re not alone. But I also knew that I wasn’t necessarily the business whiz to pull this off. So, I formed a board of directors that includes nurses, insurance agents, teachers therapists,” says Cheryl.
Daniel’s Place is located inside the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Manchester. The church provided two rooms with remodels, and all the utilities for the nonprofit.
“We will have a plan for each guest when they come. If that guest really wants to do is walk outside, we’ll go for walks. We’re close to the library we’re close to some businesses who welcome us as guests, so we’ll really use the opportunity work on things the guests need to work on, and also integrate them into the community. We really want to make sure that the guests we provide services to are comfortable in our small community.”
Daniel’s Place is open 7 days a week, from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m.
The nonprofit is still in its early stages, but Cheryl is looking to the future. She personally bought a property near a park, and will eventually build a facility for Daniel’s Place.
Daniel’s Place is set to welcome their first guest, other than Daniel, on Saturday, July 13th.
“I know what those other parents are going through, what those other families are going through. And when I can sit in this room with a mom who has tears in her eyes and says, “I thought I was alone. Oh my gosh, I just need some rest.” And I can tell her that’s why we’re here. That’s a motivation for me. That’s really where my heart is.”
A lot of support the nonprofit has received comes from the Community Foundation of Wabash County. You can learn more about their support by clicking here.