7th Inning Stretch

A Family Respite Ministry

What is 7th Inning Stretch?

“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”

- Genesis 2:2-3

As we read in Genesis 2:2-3, even God needed time to rest. That's why 7th Inning Stretch provides families the opportunity to enjoy rest from the ongoing responsibilities of caring for an individual with special needs. 

Our programs engage kids with special needs and their siblings in a supportive environment through fun activities where they can build friendships, learn about God, and experience His love. At the same time, parents can feel free to do whatever they would like with their time of rest: go on a date, catch up with a friend, take a nap, or whatever will allow them to rest.

Our volunteer team us made up of caring adults who are trained to implement your child’s support plan in the context of our overall program. All of our volunteers have completed the necessary Pennsylvania child clearance requirements.

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2023-2024 Events

Friday Fun Nights:

December 1, 2023 - 

Registration closes on November 10

March 1, 2024 -

Registration closes on February 9

May 3, 2024 -  

Registration closes on April 12

During our Friday Fun Nights, kids are paired up with a volunteer buddy to experience various stations while they have fun with friends. Stations include: worship, snack, craft, sensory, movie, and lots more. 

Any family that has a child between the ages of 0-21

with a special need (physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional) can participate. The child and their siblings between the ages of 0-17 are invited to join us for our Friday Fun Nights.

Register below to allow us to learn more about your child and develop a support plan that will help us make our events fun and successful, and a director will be in touch with more information.  

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Contact us for more information!

Ashley Matarrese & Jennifer Bitz

7th Inning Stretch Directors


(717) 791-1200 ext. 123