The Northern Nevada R.A.V.E. Family Foundation (R.A.V.E., an acronym for Respite And Volunteer Experiences) was founded in 1995 with the overall goal of child abuse and neglect prevention for children with special needs and/or disabilities through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the State of Nevada Department of Human Resources. The federal grant afforded the Northern Nevada R.A.V.E. Family Foundation (NNRFF) three years of funding to establish an effective and viable program to provide center-based child care for children with disabilities. In 1998, the NNRFF became an independent non-profit organization and has since been providing respite care to families caring for young children with disabilities or special needs.
The mission of the Northern Nevada R.A.V.E. Family Foundation (R.A.V.E.-an acronym for Respite And Volunteer Experiences) is to improve the well-being of Nevada families by providing respite to families caring for young children and adult family members with special needs. The Northern Nevada R.A.V.E. Family Foundation (NNRFF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, accomplishes this by training youth volunteers to care for these exceptional children and by providing vouchers for families to choose appropriate respite options. The NNRFF operates the only center-based program in Washoe County that offers respite care for families caring for young children with disabilities and/or special needs (2007 Assessment of Nevada’s Child Abuse Prevention Services). The NNRFF currently has four respite programs available in order to accomplish this mission.