We are ready for summer! Our summer will look a little different this year due to community restrictions and safety measures. Respite Care's programming for the season is being planned to accommodate physical distancing so that we don't miss out on any summer fun! Our program coordinators are working on creative field trip and safe in-house activity ideas to keep the kiddos entertained all summer long.
Question for our Coordinators: What are you most excited about for summer?
Lauren, Boulders' Coordinator:
"We're always working on life skills, but I'm looking forward to helping every teen become an absolute MASTER of hand hygiene and social boundaries! Becoming more independent with these skills improves our immediate health and our future quality of life. The Boulders are also going to help out in the Respite Care garden and enjoy the new sandbox!"
Quincy, Rocks' Coordinator:
"I am excited for more kiddos in our School Age Program to return and see some of their Respite friends. We’ve been working on fun activities to go along with theme weeks, and I think they’ll have fun with them. So far I think the kiddos in the School Age Program are most excited about playing on the playground!"
Maddy, Pebbles' Coordinator:
"I am excited for Baby Shark dance parties and seeing all the new skills the kids have now! I think the kiddos are really excited to see their friends as they've been asking their parents about them. They have enjoyed our virtual visits!"
On May 13th, we premiered our spring "Lunch-In" to celebrate Respite Care's achievements and share more about Respite Care with our community. We are so grateful to our incredible family speakers and video participants for sharing their moving stories. Thank you to our community who has continued to rally behind Respite Care's mission and helped to create a world of inclusion and kindness. We are thrilled to announce that our donors have raised more than $175,000 since the program first aired. That total includes donations, multi-year pledges, and a generous $90,000 leadership gift! This will go a long way to support Respite Care's mission.
If you would like to share the program with family and friends, the video is still available to watch at PerennialEvent.org.
What's Growing in the Respite Care Garden?
It's gardening season! The Respite staff and kiddos are SO excited to watch all of the veggies & flowers grow over the next few months. A sneak peek of what has been planted: pumpkins, zucchini, squash, strawberries, kale, basil, and oregano!
*These photos were taken last summer, prior to the presence of COVID-19 and the recommendation to wear masks.
We Asked, You Responded. Thank You!
In our April newsletter, we asked for help in making masks for our Respite staff as we prepared to safely reopen in late April. Over the next few weeks, we received HUNDREDS of masks from individuals and businesses in our community. We are beyond grateful for the support of our staff, kiddos & families as we continue to exercise safety and health precautions at Respite Care. Thank you!
Want to support Respite Care as you grocery shop?
You can support Respite Care as you do your normal grocery shopping at King Soopers or City Market with your loyalty card! It's as simple as this - log into your King Soopers or City Market account and search for Respite Care Inc (or use the code FY860) under the "Community Rewards" tab, and click enroll. Then, every time you shop, King Soopers/City Market donates a portion of the sales to Respite Care!
Other Ways to be Involved with Respite Care
Join our Giving Society- The Respite Care Giving Society is an opportunity for donors to make a long-term commitment to our organization; sustainable funding is what allows us continue to do what we do year after year! For more information, e-mail Lauren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer - Interested in spending time with some incredible Respite kiddos? There are many different ways to volunteer, from short-term opportunities to ongoing commitments. Contact our Volunteer Manager, Amanda at email@example.com to get started!
Make a Donation - Your donation directly supports our mission in Larimer County; providing specialized care to children with developmental disabilities, and enhancing the quality of life for the entire family.
Respite Care, Inc. is a nonprofit organization in Larimer County that provides short term, quality care for children with developmental disabilities, giving respite to their families, and enhancing the quality of life for the entire family. We believe that a child with a disability is a child first and that his or her challenges are secondary. With this mission and philosophy in mind, Respite Care strives to create an interactive, stimulating and safe environment that addresses the physical, emotional, social and mental needs of each individual child.