You may not have previously heard about a special little cottage not far from Charlotte in North Carolina, so the folks at Signposts thought we’d take a moment to share it with you!

Cherith Cottage is a blessing of respite for those caring for an adult or child with a disability or chronic illness. Located in Monroe, North Carolina, the cottage is owned and operated by Jon and Paula Roncace. It is open 7 days a week for a 1 or 2 night stay.

Not only is lodging free, but breakfast, dinner, and snacks are provided as well. Jon and Paula only ask that you let them know who made your referral (in this case, you found out about it through Signposts Ministries). Their personal experience of having a child with a difference, and the perseverance of the parents and caregivers they met along their journey, inspired them to be a blessing to others.

In commenting on how Cherith Cottage got its name, the Roncace’s state:

Pronounced with a “k” sound, Cherith is taken from the book of I Kings in the Bible. God revealed to the prophet Elijah that a drought was going to blanket the land in which he lived. When it came to pass, God sent Elijah to the brook named Cherith where He sustained him with water and commanded the ravens to feed the prophet bread and meat every morning and evening.

Not only did Elijah survive despite the bleakness and suffering surrounding him, he also experienced God’s presence, love and protection. It is our prayer that guests at Cherith Cottage will do the same as they encounter the challenges and difficult times in their lives.

The Roncaces say “We just want to give parents and caregivers an opportunity to take a much-needed and well-deserved break.”

To learn more about Cherith Cottage, and to get information about arranging a get-a-way, visit the Cherith Cottage blog or visit them on facebook: