• RAVE is simply amazing! We (my husband and I) use it for date time with one another. The volunteers love my children. I love the one-on-one attention they get. My son asks, “When do I get to go to RAVE?” Thank you so much!

• As a mom who struggles with severe depression, receiving respite at RAVE has been a blessing, a relief, and is so needed and appreciated. It is a one-of-a-kind place. Our little girl loves RAVE and they love her, and are like family. It is so nice to get a break and have time as a couple to relax. One of the supervisors told me when we came back to pick her up that I was like a new person-happier than I was when I dropped her off.

• I cannot express enough how profoundly RAVE has affected our family. I am so deeply grateful for those who support and administer this program. It has absolutely saved my family. The constancy of caregiving is incredibly wearing. Having a scheduled break allows me to carry on every day. Hating and resenting the people you love most and then hating yourself for feeling that way was the worst, worst feeling in the world, and a terrible downward spiral. RAVE helped us bring love and hope again to our home. THANK YOU!

• Our families live in different cities, so there is nobody we can trust to watch our child with special needs, other than RAVE. They are all we have and we feel confident about leaving our child there. The staff is great. We truly appreciate all they do!

• I had little to no help prior to receiving respite. I was exhausted and depressed. Once I started taking my daughter to RAVE, I was able to have a few hours to myself and a few for my husband and I to reconnect. It helped us as a family and helped me to get the time I needed to recharge so that I could give my daughter the care she deserved.

• My child loves the one-on-one attention he gets from the respite providers. He had never been to respite and his positive responses were almost immediate. The care and enthusiasm that the volunteers display when you drop your child off is wonderful and refreshing.

• My daughter loves her time at RAVE; she learns something new every time. The staff is unsurpassed in kindness and communication. They go above and beyond!

• Respite gives my son and me a break from each other!! He enjoys his one-on-one time with his “friend” and doesn’t care that Mommy’s not there.

• My family has benefitted greatly from RAVE. Before RAVE, my days were full of stress, anxiety, and other emotions. Having a child with disabilities is tough. So to be able to get a break is so helpful. RAVE truly saved my relationship with my daughters and has brought us closer.

• My daughter loves going to RAVE. I can’t even tell her until we are ready to go because she will stand by the door. In turn, I am excited to take her knowing she loves going. It gives me the time I need to recharge. My husband and I love RAVE because we now have date nights that we did not have before RAVE. It has helped us as a family and has completely helped my relationship with my husband.

• There’s something so refreshing and relieving after a hairy day in loading everyone up in the car, singing happily as we drive across town, and then dropping them off in a fun, safe place so I can simply sit at Chili’s eating a spinach dip and reading a novel. Because in 3 hours when I come back to get them, life just seems so much easier! It’s being permitted the simple things that has perhaps made the biggest difference.

• With limited extended family support and having twins, both with special needs, my wife and I were being mentally and physically stretched to the limit prior to RAVE. After getting set up with RAVE this last winter, my wife and I immediately saw an improvement in our quality of life and our enjoyment of our children. Also, we would see developmental improvements in both our girls after every RAVE session. The group learning environment with multiple other children and each girl having their own helper who is supervised by highly knowledgeable and caring staff is a winning combination! We would bring our girls home and hear both of them saying new words and showing improvements in their physical abilities. I can’t say enough about how much I like the RAVE program. Thank you RAVE!


RAVE Family Center

Program INFO

Since 1995, the RAVE Family Center has touched an astonishing amount of lives.  Over 1,000 children, 695 families, and 63,000 direct service volunteer hours have contributed to the success of the RAVE Family Center, with the continuous support of our community partners.  The RAVE Family Center’s unique combination of meeting two community needs - youth development and the provision of respite care services - has proven to be a successful partnership.  Families receive the gift of time and high school students participate in a program that gives them a positive outlet for their energies, in a positive environment during non-school hours, which helps them develop the skills they need to be successful and responsible adults, and future leaders in our community. 


Provides center-based respite care to families with children with special needs, in foster and adoptive care, and their siblings aged 3 months-6 years.