24/7 Residential Services
Davidson Respite House & Najim Family Respite Home
The Davidson Respite House (Davidson) opened in 1997 to provide emergency, temporary residential care for children with special needs. In 2010, the Najim Family Respite Home (Najim) opened to expand services for children in crisis. The Davidson and Najim homes are the only licensed emergency shelters in Texas dedicated to caring for children with special needs and complex medical conditions victimized by child abuse and neglect. A small proportion of children staying at the Davidson and Najim homes are private placements and not in state protective custody. Families may take advantage of overnight emergency respite to attend to a crisis or care for their own needs.
These warm and welcoming homes in the historic Monte Vista neighborhood provide beds for up to 31 children from infants to 17 years of age. The homes are a safe haven for children in need of loving hands and specialized care to aid in their physical and emotional healing. On-site medical care, stability, nurturing and love help children overcome the consequences of abuse and neglect.
Open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, children follow a stable, home-like routine. Nurturing staff help children heal from trauma, learn life skills and flourish. School-aged children enroll in local schools and children go on field trips and enjoy typical childhood experiences. Children enjoy a state-of-the-art playground appropriate for children with even the most severe disabilities. The availability of handicap-accessible equipment allows them – often for the first time in their lives – to swing and slide and play just like any other child.