Night Lights’ mission is to create safe and accepting environments by providing respite care for children who have special needs and their neuro-typical siblings.

Night Lights was started in March of 2011 at Waterstone Community Church by Kristin Steadman as a way to provide a few hours of temporary relief to primary care providers. Kristin found inspiration for Night Lights through her own journey of raising two children; one of which has significant special needs.

A family may participate in Night Lights if the child(ren) has/have one or more of the following:

  • A diagnosis from a medical provider
  • Medical documentation including but not limited to
    • An IFSP, IEP, 504 from the county and/or school district
    • Records from a physician
  • Developmental, cognitive, emotional, and/or physical disabilities
  • A sibling (ages 1 month to 13 years) of a child with special needs that participates in Night Lights
  • Night Lights is free to families and is held one Friday each month from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
  • The kids enjoy activities such as gross motor, sensory play, free play, arts and crafts, pet therapy, entertainment, movies and snacks.
  • Each family does an interview with the Leadership Team prior to attending Night Lights to make sure their needs can be met.
  • Night lights is a Christian-based organization. Families and Volunteers of all backgrounds are welcome to participate in Night Lights and are valued. At no time is discrimination of any kind allowed.


  • Acceptance – Every person is created in the image of God and we value the opportunity for everyone to experience God’s love in an atmosphere of acceptance.
  • Respect –We respect the uniqueness of all individuals and believe that each person has intrinsic worth.
  • Compassion for others – We have a deep compassion to care for and support the families and volunteers who participate in Night Lights.
  • Integrity – We value the integrity of Night Lights as an organization, and all its participants.
  • Awareness – We are committed to raising awareness in the community about the need for respite care for families of children with special needs.