What's it About
In our many years at Cotton Mansion we have had the opportunity to meet many couples from around the country in various stages of their relationships. We have met newly weds, couples celebrating first anniversaries to fiftieth anniversaries and those in the very beginning of their relationship. Each couple has their special life story and their reason for wanting to celebrate their love.
Throughout all of this, the stories that stick in our minds are those from couples that have lives as parents of a special needs child or children. They are couples that have experienced the strains, difficulties and grief of coping with a situation that requires attention 24/7 and rarely, if ever, have a moment to take care of themselves and their relationship with each other. And, if there is the time, the lack of funds limits their ability to do something significant for themselves.
After long hours of soul searching and thinking through how we might be able to "give back", we have created the Very Important Parents (VIP) Program that is designed especially for parents of special needs children that are in need of a break from their day to day lives in order to take a moment to relax, regroup and reconnect in an environment designed to heal and re-energize. This program is funded through the James-Drake Fund which allows us to donate the room reservation at no charge to couples who are deserving for their heroic efforts in raising their specials needs child.
During each year we will designate a number of VIP Weekends and VIP Weekdays for complimentary two night stays at Cotton Mansion for deserving couples who have been nominated and selected for a VIP Getaway.
Tell Us Your Story
If you are, or if you know of a couple with a special needs child, and it is long overdue for some much needed "couples time", then we want to hear from you. Tell us about your family or the family of a special needs child and what it would mean to be able to get away for a couple of days at the Cotton Mansion.
Please send us your story, along with a recent photo of your family, or the family you are nominating. Be sure to include your name and address, or the name and address of the couple you are nominating along with a phone number. If sending by e-mail please limit the length of your story. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org or (regular mail) to Cotton Mansion, 2309 East First Street, Duluth,MN, 55812. Please note that we will not be able to return any photos that have been submitted.