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Respite Care

Respite{res-pit} meaning: relief 

SHARE offers respite care for all children in families where there is a child with special needs.  This gives parents a much needed break.  

  • Time with spouse or significant other 
  • One-on-one time with other children 
  • Time to maintain and cultivate other supportive friendships 
  • The ability to meet new friends with similar challenges 
  • A chance to rest 

Care is provided for children with special needs birth to 18, and siblings birth-12.  However, siblings may participate as a volunteer on respite nights.   

Facility Based Respite 

Our Families receives one Friday respite night each month.   
6pm-10pm at First Christian Church in Midland or Crossroads Church in Odessa.  

Staff and volunteers work three Friday's each month to serve all families.   

Volunteer and paid room leader spots are available.  Background checks are required.  

In-Home Respite

SHARE offers in-home respite care for those times parents need extra help.  Care is provided by our partner nursing agencies, Nurses Unlimited/Accent Care and Ascend.  This includes special considerations for children who are considered medically fragile.  


  • Relaxation: Respite gives families peace of mind, helps them relax, and renews their humor and energy. 
  • Enjoyment: Respite allows family members to enjoy favorite pastimes and pursue new activities. 
  • Stability: Respite improves the family’s ability to handle daily responsibilities and increases stability. 
  • Preservation: Respite helps preserve and strengthen the family unit. 
  • Involvement: Respite allows family members the time  to be involved in activities that are meaningful to them.   
  • Time: When child care is provided, parents can spend time together, time alone, or simply have a chance to breathe. 
  • Enrichment: Respite makes it possible for family members to enrich their own growth and development. 

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