The mission of Respite Care of San Antonio is to protect, love, build trust, and nurture growth of children with special needs and complex medical conditions while strengthening the families caring for them.
Krizia Ramirez-Franklin has an incredible story and moving testament to Respite Care of San Antonio. We featured her story at the Caring Hearts Gala last week. Thank you for sharing your message Krizia. We are grateful to be able to support your family and families all over our community. Read her testimonial below and watch her story here: Krizia Ramirez-Franklin has an incredible story and moving testament to Respite Care of San Antonio. We featured her story at the Caring Hearts Gala last week. Thank you for sharing your message Krizia. We are grateful to be able to support your family and families all over our community. Read her testimonial below and watch her story here.
"My name is Krizia Franklin and both of my children, Marciano and Melody, have been attending Respite Care since July 2019 I believe. I originally started receiving services from Respite Care through the Parent's Night Out Program. When I first heard about the program from an educator at my daughter's daycare I decided to look more into it. I was struggling balancing working full time, going to graduate school at night, providing for my children, and also my own self care. I had just started my first year of graduate studies so I was learning a lot about the importance of self care and although I would brush off the information (simply because I never had the time for self care before), I quickly realized I had made a grave mistake in assuming I didn't need any personal time and attention for myself. Since having my children attend Respite Care I have become a better mother in the simplest of ways. For example, I am more patient, more relaxed (although I still struggle with this, ha), and more importantly I am providing my children with a mother who is ensuring she takes care of her own mental, emotional, and physical well-being so that I may continue to do the same for my babies. Since being at Respite Care my children have blossomed and amazed me with the new things they are taught in the short time they spent at Respite Care once a week. Their growth and progress told me one thing: they were being cared for by people who genuinely loved and enjoyed what they were doing. I had many worries for my son, who has hydrocephalus. I had worries for the way he would be perceived by others based on what was written on papers and I was worried by what other's would think about his limitation looking from the outside-in because he looks "normal". Being at Respite Care has kept me more at ease than ever! My son is accepted for who he is and he is loved and appreciated for it. Moreover, my son has the opportunity to learn about the importance of embracing others for who they are, no matter how different they may or may not appear from him, or how limited they may or may not be. When my son is at Respite Care, along with my daughter, the two of them just see other children for who they are...CHILDREN! Also, this year I decided I would give attending graduate school full time, a go. This semester I am beginning my practicum which requires me additional hours away from home and from my children. If not for the Parents Night Out / Family Day Out Programs that you offer, I honestly do not know how I would do this. Thank you Respite Care for all that you do and for all that I know you will continue to do. We are truly blessed! Most Grateful, The Franklin Family (in tears)"
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