Respite Care Celebrates 29 Years of Caring for Children with Special Needs & Says Farewell to a Dear Friend
As a long-time supporter of Respite Care, we want to begin this message by thanking you. Your caring, demonstrated in multiple ways, has allowed Respite Care to consistently meet its mission of serving children with special needs and the families who love them.
- You’ve provided a full-time developmental daycare that allows parents to work and support their children.
- You’ve provided temporary group care throughout the week at locations across the community so that family members can reconnect and refresh in order to meet ongoing challenges.
- You’ve provided onsite specialized nursing care so that children with complex medical conditions can be included in the Respite Care family, alongside children with developmental disabilities.
- You’ve provided the state’s only two emergency shelters for children with special needs who are taken into protective custody. Both also offer safe haven for siblings so the children can remain together.
- You’ve provided residential foster care for children with special needs who have no place else to go. You’ve given them the experience of a loving home.
In these channels of caring, love is the constant experience Respite Care delivers to the children and families it was created to serve. This unconditional love is delivered by a compassionate staff whose true reward is when a child heals both physically and emotionally, begins to trust, then begins to experience a more humane world filled with possibilities. As in any organization, the top person sets the standard. Respite Care has been blessed to have two strong leaders in its 29 years. The founding executive director stayed for 14 years; the second and current CEO for nearly 15 years, with his tenure ending later this summer. And so, on Wednesday, November 9, starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Mays Family Center at the Witte Museum, we will gather to officially say goodbye and thank Bert Pfiester for his years of compassionate leadership.
The board felt that acknowledging “Mr. B” at the annual Respite Care Anniversary Luncheon, an event that embodies his friendly, down-to-earth nature, was the perfect time. Like every Respite Care event, this Anniversary Luncheon will be a celebration of joy and the soaring human spirit. We hope you’ll make plans now to join us. Download an RSVP form defining sponsorship opportunities and ticket purchase options here. Please let us know how you’d like to participate. Just complete the form and return it by fax, email, or regular mail. You may also register online or contact Niki Carney directly at 210-737-1212, ext. 2016 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Change is inevitable. How we embrace change is where we have an option. Certainly there is a sadness because something is ending. But there is also hope because something new is beginning. We choose hope and the best of new beginnings – for Mr. B and for the children and families of Respite Care. And for those whose lives have been enriched through the experience of knowing them all.
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