Respite Care provides specialized care to families with special needs children

respitelogofinalRespite Care of San Antonio, celebrating its 26th anniversary, provides specialized care to families caring for a child with special needs. Services offered provide families a temporary break from the demands of caring for a child. A developmental daycare also offers fulltime early childhood interventions for children with numerous needs including newborns and toddlers that are medically complex to empowering families to work and gain financial resources.

respite support photoPerhaps what Respite Care represents most to friends who have visited our home is the safe haven provided for children in crisis. For the past decade, Respite Care of San Antonio serves the most vulnerable in our society, children with special needs who are victims of abuse or neglect. Our homes are the only licensed, round the clock residential facilities in Texas to children with developmental disabilities and often times complex medical diagnoses. Demand for care for children in protective custody continues to rise. A 66% increase in needed bed space for children in crisis has occurred in the past ten years. Several majestic homes within the historic Monte Vista neighborhood serve as a safe haven in need of loving hands and specialized care to aid in their physical and emotional healing.

Respite Care also empowers families to serve as foster parents to children with special needs. Members of the team invite prospective foster parents to join in caring for a child and or sibling groups until forever, permanent homes can be established.

Respite Care has been a partner with members of the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce for many years. Respite Care benefits from the numerous offerings of trainings and small business development opportunities to increase efficiencies and managerial practices. Bert Pfiester, CEO of Respite Care of San Antonio, is a former chair of the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and recently presented to the members of Lead SA sponsored by the North Chamber.

If you would like to extend support to Respite Care, consider becoming a Friend of Respite. Friends of Respite is a group that was founded in 2002 to provide support for children with special needs, with funds utilized for the purchase of various supplies, such as specialized baby formula, clothing, toiletries and the cost of essential medical care. Gift memberships are also available for family, friends and associates. Also, members of the North Chamber are invited to assist in empowering the needed services to children in crisis. Items and services to be presented at upcoming events assist in raising much needed resources for the costly care of children with complex medical diagnoses.

To learn more about Respite Care of San Antonio or to become a Friend of Respite, visit their website at