Respite – noun.

1. Temporary relief.
2. Time out from parenting responsibilities.

Hospitality – noun.

1. Generosity & friendliness toward visitors. 
2. The complimentary weekend accommodations donated by the hotel community.

The UCPLA RESPITALITY Program offers parents of children with special needs the opportunity to get away for a relaxing weekend.  Parents are given the gift of free weekend accommodations at one of our local partner hotels.  For those who do not have their own sitter, UCPLA will make every effort to provide a qualified respite worker to take care of the children in their own home at no cost to the family.  While we wish we could accommodate all families in need, UCPLA staff cannot sit for children who are medically fragile (as there are no nurses on staff), nor children with excessive behavioral problems.  A UCPLA RESPITALITY weekend gives couples and single parents a chance to get away and have a much needed break.  Since it’s inception in 1989, the program has been supported by 18-20 hotels in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties each year, enabling UCPLA to serve 70-80 families annually.

If you are interested in participating in a RESPITALITY weekend, please contact Donna Sheanin at (818) 782-2211 ext. 583 or via email at to see whether you are eligible and to learn more about it.

Testimonials from our RESPITALITY Families

For eleven years now we have written to express our thanks to you for the Respitality program.  Every year the sentiment is the same, but the time away becomes more meaningful.  My wife and I want to thank you for allowing us to get away alone for our anniversary (15 years now).  It is something that we look forward to each year and is always especially appreciated since it is the only opportunity each year for us to get away together for more than a few hours.

— Ryan and Tracy Pfeiffer





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