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.