RESPITE CARE OF SAN ANTONIO INCORPORATED

caring for children with special needs

San Antonio, TX   |  www.respitecaresa.org

Mission

To protect, love, build trust, and nurture growth of children with special needs and complex medical conditions while strengthening the families caring for them.

Ruling year info

1987

President & CEO

Dr. Larry Mejia Ph.D.

Main address

P.O. Box 12633

San Antonio, TX 78212 USA

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EIN

74-2467770

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Child Day Care (P33)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Research reveals that parents of children with special needs have higher rates of divorce and elevated stress which is linked to an increased risk of child abuse. Children with special needs are at an increased risk to suffer abuse. In 2017, 5,291 children in Bexar County were removed from their homes due to suspected child abuse.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Developmental Daycare

Respite Care’s full-time, Monday through Friday developmental daycare is housed at Christ Episcopal Church in the historic near-downtown area of San Antonio, one-half block from the Davidson Respite House Emergency Shelter.  Since 2000, it has served children with special needs and complex medical diagnoses, as
well as their non-disabled siblings.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
People with disabilities

The Davidson Respite House was created in 1997 to allow short-term overnight stays for children with special needs whose parents have to attend to family or personal matters.

At the outset, the leaders of Respite Care were approached by the State of Texas; they were asked to seek licensing to serve as an emergency shelter for children with special needs and complex medical conditions who were taken into protective custody. To date, it remains the only such licensed emergency shelter and receives children from all over the state and provides them a safe haven where they are cared for physically
and emotionally.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Respite Care offers multiple part-time site-based childcare services for children with developmental disabilities and their non-disabled siblings.  Mother's Day Out services are offered two days per week, from 8:30am-4:30pm.  This service is often first used by parents while they search for employment or attend school prior to full-time attendance in the Developmental Daycare. 

Family Day Out services are offered at locations near downtown and on the northwest side of San Antonio on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 this time may also allow for the non-disabled family members to spend quality time together without the constant demands and attention required by their child with special needs.

Parent's Night Out provides evening care on Fridays or Saturdays for children with special needs and their siblings, offering parents time to enjoy a night out or just take some quiet time alone to reconnect.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of bed nights (nights spent in shelter)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Davidson Respite House

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Respite Care of San Antonio strives to respond to the increasing need for child placements by offering emergency care to children with special needs and complex medical conditions who are victims of abuse and/or neglect.

Respite Care of San Antonio aims to provide care to children with special needs and their siblings, offering parents the respite they need to strengthen their family and build new relationships and their children the opportunity to interact with peers and gain independence.

Respite Care of San Antonio's (RCSA) Davidson Respite House (DRH) and the Najim Family Respite Home (NRH) are the only licensed facilities in the state of Texas dedicated to the care of children with special needs and complex medical conditions. As a result, RCSA responds to requests for child placements from all over the state. RCSA's community-based programs provide respite to families caring for children with special needs or complex medical conditions. The options available to parents provide an opportunity to take a break from the ongoing demands of being a caregiver. These affordable services are designed to encourage developmental progress in participating children while providing needed support to families, reducing stress and offering the opportunity to achieve long-term financial and emotional stability.

Through specialized residential care, RCSA provides crisis intervention for children who are victims of abuse and neglect, offering a home-like environment that promotes the development and well-being of each child. All RCSA programs offers a child-centric environment that allows children to grow and develop safely, with an emphasis on family connection and support for the entire family. All programs offer individualized care to meet the unique needs of each child, providing activities for varying disabilities and conditions. Enrollment of non-disabled siblings offers convenience while creating an environment of inclusion, equity, and diversity. RCSA has stringent guidelines for hiring direct care providers, with thorough assessment of competencies, qualifications, experience and background prior to employment. Participation in pre-service and ongoing training throughout their tenure ensures consistent high-quality service is provided.

For over thirty years, Respite Care's programs have grown in order to respond to the needs of families in the community. The programs undergo constant evaluation by staff and members of the board of directors to ensure that the needs of families caring for a child with special needs and/or complex medical conditions are met. Respite Care has provided care for thousands of children over the years, reducing family stressors and ultimately reducing the likelihood of child abuse.

Additionally, parents of children with special needs and complex medical conditions continue to be especially vulnerable to stress, which can lead to an increased likelihood of maltreatment. Access to respite care has been identified as an important need for these families.

While Respite Care of San Antonio provides care and nurturing to children with special needs, the need far exceeds the organization's current capacity.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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RESPITE CARE OF SAN ANTONIO INCORPORATED

Board of directors
as of 12/08/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bill Mason

SWRI

David Darr

The Place Commercial Real Estate

Bill Mason

SWRI

Donnie Laurence

Nebens Laurence Wealth Management Group

Sandi Cavazos

Community Leader

Tom Dobson

Whataburger

Lacie Gorder

No Affiliation

Steve York

Broadway Bank

Lauren Valkenaar

Norton Rose Fulbright

Mary Ellen Archer

Jefferson Bank

Jason Kamiya

USAA Retired

Travis Kowalski

The RK Group

Kim Lewis

No affiliation

Eva Papay

No affiliation

Jay Winslow

Security Service Federal Credit Union

Ruchi Kaushik

Children's Hospital of San Antonio

Joe Shields

McCombs Enterprises

Monica Lerma

Vericast

Christopher Derby

San Antonio Livestock Expedition

Abel Martinez

H-E-B

Samuel Akeju

3M

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/22/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data