While families receive respite care, their youth with special needs are encouraged to engage in social skills with peers in such activities as bowling, cooking classes and rock climbing, among others.
Teen RAVE and Jr. RAVE programs provide respite care to Washoe County families caring for youth ages 13-22 (as long as they are enrolled in the Washoe County School District) and 7-12, respectively, with disabilities or special needs one night per month. The youth enjoy participating in community activities with volunteers who have been trained by the RAVE Family Center. The overall purpose of these programs is to encourage child-to-child interaction and build social skills in a variety of community environments. Some of these fun events include bowling, mini-golf, rock climbing, cooking classes, and game nights, all while giving the families a much needed and deserved break. Donations have also been made in the memory of a very special young lady who had Down Syndrome, who passed away in May of 2009.