Friends of Respite Help Children with Special Needs Reach Full Potential

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November 13, 2015
When a small group of parents of children with developmental disabilities came together in 1987 to address how to provide extended support for their loved ones, little did they know they were founding one of San Antonio’s most beloved charities.
In the 28 years since, the agency has grown—expanding its scope of services beyond the original mission of providing short-term specialized care for developmentally-challenged children, to offering longer periods of care, and also serving children with complex medical issues. It opened and continues to operate the first and only two licensed emergency shelters in Texas to care for children with special needs who have been removed into the state’s protective custody, offering safe haven to their siblings, as well. Since 2000, Respite has operated a developmental daycare with healthcare professionals who attend to the unique needs of medically complex children. And, in the last decade, three homes with loving parents have been opened to successfully transition children from the emergency shelters into foster homes then, hopefully, into their forever homes. 
Specialized care for children in crisis is costly. Many individuals and organizations provide generous support that helps cover operating basics. But Respite Care’s goal is to help every child it touches live up to his and her fullest potential. So, in 2002, a small group of concerned and passionate people sought to address this by founding ‘Friends of Respite’. Through this ongoing initiative, the children of Respite Care get to enjoy outings that are typical for most children. They go on field trips, attend parades and sporting events, and get to see, smell, and feel the ocean in Rockport on a one-day trip each summer. They get to experience these joys of a normal childhood and capture them as special memories that stay with them as they grow to their own fullest potential.
For as little as $100, you can become a Friend of Respite and help create these experiences for the children of Respite Care. For only $50 more, a couple can join. And for $1000, your membership can be for a lifetime! Please consider being a Friend of Respite and gifting a membership to your friends this holiday season. For more information or to sign-up, visit, or call 210-737-1212 and ask to speak with CEO Bert Pfiester or COO Cara Magrane. 
Bert Pfiester, President/CEO
(210) 737-1212