Respite Care Inc.
Respite Care Inc (COLORADO) was born 33 years ago when a group of families realized their dream of creating a place where children with developmental disabilities could play, learn and grow among friends, while also having their special needs met. It is the only organization in Larimer County (and 1 of only 2 in Colorado) that provides 24 care in a home-style setting for children with cerebral palsy, brain injury, hydrocephalus, Down syndrome, autism and other physical, cognitive and sensory disabilities requiring specialized care. We serve 140 families annually, providing care 24/7 for children from infancy to age 21. Families may schedule care for anywhere from several hours to 14 consecutive days, giving parents time to refuel and adding a new social dimension to children’s otherwise stringent routines.
At Respite Care, children receive individualized care and meals/snacks that meet their special dietary needs. They make friends, join in fun activities and are integrated into the community where they enjoy activities that other “typical” kids enjoy. Visit Respite Care and you’ll hear laughter and see happy faces as children play on our playground or in the gym, do art and craft projects, dance to the music of a visiting band, or share meals in our dining room. Below on the garden level, teens participating in a new Life Skills for Teens program learn to manage money, use public transportation, keep themselves healthy and safe, and other skills that will help them transition to group living when they turn 21. Toddlers and preschoolers have their own areas, too, where they learn social skills and engage in developmentally appropriate activities. Music therapy, an annual teen prom, and a weeklong wilderness camp in the Colorado Mountains are some of the other enhancement programs Respite Care provides. A local high school baseball team plays ball with our kids. The Colorado State University Rams football team invites them to practices. University students majoring in helping professions volunteer and do internships at Respite Care.
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You can find more information about this organization at RESPITECAREINC.ORG
HOW THE MONEY WILL BE USED
In 2016, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award was for $7,500.
In 2015, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award of $7,500 will be used to help offset costs for the 10-week summer day camp for children with developmental disabilities. The program includes traditional activities along with field trips including two weeks at Hearts & Horses Therapeutic Riding Center.
In 2014, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award of $7,500 was used to fund Summer Day Camp for Children with Developmental Disabilities.