Thanks again to Bluewater for this very generous donation!

Please email your contacts and share on your social media!

If we sell all 2500 tickets it translates into $16,000.00!

Raffle 4 Respite proceeds to benefit children with disabilities in Windsor/Essex so that we can build a new respite home at 4400 Howard Ave.

Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20

You can win $5,000.00 at Bluewater Pools, Spas, Patio Furniture and Decor.

You can send an etransfer to that will be automatically deposited without a security question. In the message box please include your full name, phone number and email address, we will reply with a photo of your completed tickets!

The draw is Dec 11th you don’t need to be present to win.

You can also email to connect about payment over the phone or go to the Bluewater Showroom.




Our office is located at the curve on Ouellette Ave. just past Eugenie. You can access our parking lot going south on Ouellette, turning right into a driveway at the curve. Coming from the south (e.g. coming from E.C. Row), you can also access our parking lot from Dougall, across from Bluewater Pools. You will see the sign for Deloitte on our building. Our reception is on the south, facing Teppermans.
Families and Direct Support Providers, please continue to send invoices and timesheets by email.

Family Respite Services supports during Covid-19 Emergency Response

The support for families through FRS is an essential service in our community. We continue to be there for you. Our Family Coordinators are working most of the time from their home with scheduled office days. The best way for families and Direct Support Providers to contact Family Coordinators is through their email, but they will also be receiving their voice mail and return your call. Our office is open for essential visits only. Our Family Coordinators are not doing home visits at this time.

Respite Supports:

Some families are scheduling their respite support and have their Direct Support Provider coming to their home or taking their child out for community outings. We ask that families and DSP go through the screening protocol suggested by Public Health prior to each visit. Reschedule if anyone has symptoms associated with Covid-19 or has had contact with someone with Covid-19. Especially with children returning to school and people having more contacts outside their home, we urge people to be cautious and vigilant. All Direct Support Providers need to wear a mask while providing support. We also urge families and Direct Support Providers to choose low risk activities such as walks in the park instead of attending activities with larger groups.

Timesheets and Invoices

We ask that Direct Support Providers and families send in timesheets or invoices through email. Send them to These can also be faxed. If it is critical that you drop off paperwork at our office there is a table inside our door for this purpose and we will get it to the right staff person.

Meeting in Person:

Our Family Coordinators will continue to primarily have contact with people by telephone or other virtual means. If there is a barrier to services that can’t be addressed by virtual support, we will arrange an in-person meeting at our office. Everyone coming into our office must wear a mask.


We are screening applicants for to assist families. Applicants should register on the site and someone will follow up with you to arrange a time to speak on the telephone. Any interviews will be done by computer link unless there is a substantial barrier to this process.

Weekend with Friends and the Spago Home

We are scheduling out of home respite for periods of time during the day at Weekend with Friends on Howard Ave. No children will be sleeping overnight until further notice. There is a strict protocol in place for respite at these locations.

If you have any questions call our office. We’re all in this together!


  • 2019-2020 Annual Report

    2019-2020 Annual Report

    Family Respite Services began with the vision of families in Windsor and Essex County. The service is designed to provide individualized, flexible, family centered support for families caring for children from infancy to age 18 who have developmental disabilities or mental health challenges.
  • Payment Submission Calendar April 2020 to March 2021

    Payment Submission Calendar April 2020 to March 2021

    Please download the latest payment submission calendar.  Important dates are noted including holidays.
  • Weekend with Friends

    Information about Weekend with Friends and Spago Respite Homes

    Family Respite Services offers respite to families who want their children to be cared for out of home for brief periods of time. Family Respite Services encourages and facilitates respite in the homes of individuals and families in the community, known as associate families. However, some families and children require a respite setting that has trained staff members of Family Respite Services.... Online Tool

This is an online tool that is available throughout Ontario in many communities.  Families who have sons and daughters who have funding for respite services may use this tool.  This funding might be through Special Services at Home (SSAH), Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD), Autism respite funding, Enhanced respite funding, resources through Family Respite Services or other similar kinds of funding.    In Windsor and Essex County, the tool is specifically for families who have children under the age of 18. 



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