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Respite is a Critically Needed Support for Children and Families

HOPe’s Overnight Respite Program (ONR) is the flagship service offering at the House of Possibilities, offering a “home away from home” for special needs children ages 8-21. Each Saturday afternoon, ten children arrive at the HOPe House at 4:30 pm and stay until 10:00 am Sunday morning. The experience is designed to feel like a sleepover with friends, and includes baking, playing games, watching a movie, and more.

In addition to providing a fun overnight experience for our children, ONR gives their caregivers a period of relief that is essential for the entire family’s well-being. HOPe recognizes the tremendous effort required in caring for a child with special needs, so we aim to “bridge the gap” by providing a night off for families to recharge or focus their attention on other important things in their lives. What allows our families to truly make the most of this time is the confidence that their  child is receiving the very best in care while having fun.

ONR is offered 4 Saturdays per month, with 3 nights allocated to boys only and 1 night for girls only. Our program is licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care. We are currently piloting an expansion of our ONR Program to include Friday nights, and are seeking funding to make this a regular offering.

Ages 8-21, Saturday 4:30pm - Sunday 10:00am

Program Fee: $100/night

"I just wanted to thank you and all the staff for making Michael’s sleepover a success! I can count on one hand (don't even need the whole hand) the number of times Michael has done sleepovers. He is not exactly at the top of the list for sleepovers when relatives hear us talk of his crazy sleep habits!!! My husband and I struggled over whether to send him and we are so glad we did. As much as we enjoyed the time off (strange at first) we also felt it was important to expose Michael to different social experiences. The House of Possibilities is such an amazing place with equally amazing staff. We are looking forward to some Saturday excursions in the future and maybe another sleepover."– Grateful, A parent of HOPe