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Sara Hertwig
Loni bangs on a miniature piano while Mary Rae Pacheco, left, and her daughter Lauren, right, play along on instruments.
Local nonprofit offers a night off for parents of kids with special needs

Through her own family’s journey, Kristin Steadman recognized the need for respite care in South Jefferson County.

In an effort to combat this, she created Night Lights, a respite care organization for children with special needs and their siblings housed in Waterstone Community Church. Seven years later, the nonprofit organization regularly meets capacity and has expanded to Arvada and Parker with plans for continued growth.