Parents who are raising children with disabilities tell us their most important need is RESPITE - - a little time away from their daily responsibilities.
In response to their need, UCP provides an Overnight "Respitality" program. We offer a free night's stay in a hotel room to all eligible parents in our Family Support Program. Rooms are generously donated by hotels, motels and inns around the state. UCP's Family Support Assistant, Jan Shellenberger, coordinates the program. In 2011, she was able to secure 85 hotel rooms. Great job, Jan! Unfortunately, though, we aren't able to find hotel rooms in all areas, so if you would like to help, see the "CAN YOU HELP" section at the end of this page.
We also offer the parents a small fund to cover part of the cost of childcare for that night. However, most families are able to arrange for family or friends to watch their kids at no cost.
Parents who feel that they can't be away for an entire night are offered our "Date Night" program. In this program, parents receive a gift certificate from a restaurant and/or gift certificates for fun activities like movies, theaters, etc.
Both programs make a world of difference, as you will see below.
“Thank you for supporting the continuing blessing of the Respitality Program. Our family has so appreciated the opportunity to have a relaxing, stress-free night away in beautiful hotels to focus on just our relationship and not to be just the mom or the dad.”—Jolie
“As parents of a special needs child we rarely get time to ourselves or have time just for each other, so Overnight Respitality and Date Nights mean a great deal to us. Our daughter’s needs are also financially straining and we know if it weren’t for UCP we could never afford a night away like we had at The Marriott Waterfront.”—Carly
“Our family is very grateful to you for the much needed wonderful night out. Our son was anxious about our leaving him behind but, in the end he had a very good time too. We felt he was proud of himself for doing a good job without us. Usually we take him with us either because of a lack of a companion for him or the cost of doing both. The gift card and caregiver allotment made for a real date! Tommy O’s Restaurant was relaxing and full of Aloha spirit. We enjoyed the food so much and the service was outstanding! We appreciate your generosity and thank you for including us in the Date Night Program.” —Cheryl
If you have a connection with a hotel, motel, restaurant, or fun activity site, please let us know! We are always looking for fun new venues anywhere in Oregon and SW Washington! Contact Jan at 503-777-4166, ext. 343 or by . Thank you for your help!