Madison, Wisconsin

Innovative and Exemplary:

The Respite Center at RISE was conceptualized over forty years ago, when concerned staff at a local child-care center began looking for ways to support families who had no informal support systems to provide care for their children during times of crisis or high stress. The center began providing crisis care as well as planned respite for vulnerable families at risk for child maltreatment. Later, they joined with other community service programs and created a larger organization, RISE Wisconsin. The Respite Center is a corner stone of RISE. Although they collect fees on a sliding scale for services, no family is ever turned away because of inability to pay. The Respite Center is inclusive and responsive to the varied medical, social emotional, mental health, and developmental needs of children.  Learn more at their website.