Jill's House Part of Prestigious Praxis Accelerator Fellowship Program

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President and CEO Cameron Doolittle selected based on integration of his Christian faith with Jill's House mission.

New York-based Praxis, a Christian organization that supports entrepreneurs tackling major social issues, has named Jill’s House President and CEO Cameron Doolittle one of their prestigious 2014 Nonprofit Accelerator Fellows.

Cameron joins 11 other young Christian leaders who were selected through a rigorous, highly competitive application process. A major component of the process is evaluating how well the applicant’s personal life helps the organization he or she supports thrive over the long term. The 2014 Fellows will participate in a six-month Praxis development program that focuses on world-class mentorship, a shared-faith peer community, access to capital sources, and hands-on support.

“I am extremely honored to be named among this group of highly motivated entrepreneurs,” said Doolittle. “God is doing something great at Jill’s House. When I have the chance to collect wisdom from mentors and smart social entrepreneurs, it’s a great thing for Jill’s House. The timing could not be better. Jill’s House is growing rapidly with our National Program expanding beyond the Washington, D.C. area to California, Colorado, Texas, and, very soon, the state of Washington. I could not be more excited to see God use Jill’s House to change the face of disability ministry in America so that each family of a child with intellectual disabilities has overnight respite within reach and a connection to a church that embraces them.”

The program will conclude May 13-15, 2014 in Silicon Valley, California, where Fellows will be given the opportunity to pitch their organizations to investors, a completed Praxis Dashboard that outlines goals and priorities for the year ahead, and a community of other entrepreneurs, mentors and investors who will support them in accomplishing their long-term goals.

Jill’s House, a full-service overnight respite center, renews families through much-needed breaks while providing a safe, fun environment for children with special needs. This innovative 42,000-square foot, 45-bed respite resort for children ages 6 to 17 with intellectual disabilities and their siblings, is located in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, providing rest to families of all faiths and backgrounds. Jill’s House also serves families in Austin, Colorado Springs and Los Angeles through local partnerships. Since 2010, Jill’s House has provided nearly 300,000 hours of rest and relief to more than 450 families. Receiving no direct state or federal funding, Jill’s House was created and is maintained through individual donations and grants. To find out more visit JillsHouse.org or follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/jillshouse and on Twitter @Jills_House.

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