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Early 1980’s

  • Families caring for children with special needs advocate the need for respite services and develop a plan.


  • Respite Care launches on the campus of Mission Road Developmental Center
  • Provides in-home services
  • Receives a planning grant from United Way


  • Patti Teter becomes first executive director.


  • Respite 500 Mini Grand prix is established.


  • Cara Magrane serves as our first Jesuit Volunteer
  • Mother’s Day Out opens at Trinity Baptist Church


  • Family Day Out offered at First Presbyterian Church in the central city
  • Mother’s Day out opens at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church


  • Parent’s Night Out offered at Laurel Heights United Methodist Church.
  • Capital Campaign is undertaken to establish Texas’s first and only emergency shelter for children with disabilities.
  • Funding is secured from many donors, with lead gift from Davidson Family Foundation, to establish the Davidson Respite House Emergency Shelter


  • Davidson Respite House Emergency Shelter is opened
  • Endowment Fund is established to ensure the future of the DRHES


  • Respite Daycare opens at Christ Episcopal Church


  • Medical Wellness Center opens at the Davidson Respite House
  • H-E-B commits $1 million to the Endowment Fund
  • Bert Pfiester becomes new executive director


  • CentroMed begins partnership to provide wellness services
  • Friends of Respite is launched
  • Respite Care named 2003 PGA Tour Charity of the Year


  • $1.5 million grant in partnership with Any Baby Can and UTHSC for “Together in Strength” five-year research study
  • Family Day Out begins at University United Methodist Church
  • Methodist Healthcare Ministries provides additional funding through CentroMed for medical services


  • Respite Care Foster Care placement services are launched


  • Respite Care Celebrates 20th Anniversary
  • Respite Care prepares to launch expanded care for more children in crisis from generous pledge by Mr. Harvey Najim and family


  • Najim Family Respite Home, located in Monte Vista, adjacent to the Davidson Respite House, opens to serve additional children with special needs in crisis.


  • Expansion of Mother’s Day Out Services to respond to growing demand at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
  • The Harvey E. Najim Family Foundation provides funding to acquire an additional home in Monte Vista to serve more children in crisis
  • Naming of the Tracy Wolff Respite Home provided by funds from the Harvey E. Najim Family Foundation


  • The Najim Family Respite Home is established within Monte Vista to serve more children in crisis
  • The Respite Family Foster Home opens adjacent to the Davidson Respite Home to care for more children in protective custody
  • Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio announces major gift to aid in medical services


  • The launch of Families RISE, a 5-year research project designed to enhance and expand services to families caring for a child with special needs.


  • Respite Care selected as recipient of CPS Energy Charity Golf Tournament
  • The Kronkosky Charitable Foundation awards a challenge grant to assist with the growing needs of children in need of specialized care


  • H-E-B provides a generous gift to acquire the H-E-B Family Respite Home inviting numerous vendors and community partners to assist in the restoration of the magnificent, 114 year old home. The renovation project is led by Joeris General Contractors.
Respite Care of San Antonio
605 Belknap Place
P.O. Box 12633
San Antonio, Tx 78212
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