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Rockland Respite Shabbaton

Young People Have Great Time at Hamaspik’s ‘Kids-First’ Respite Shabbaton


Dozens of children and teenagers benefiting from the OPWDD’s Respite programs recently enjoyed another exciting and fun-filled Shabbaton hotel weekend hosted by Hamaspik of Rockland County.


The event, held Nov. 24-26 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, hosted a group of youths who regularly attend Respite programs in the greater Hudson Valley. 


Respite is a suite of services offered to parents of children with disabilities, offering them quality care and supervision of their kids in several approved settings while they enjoy much-needed breaks. 


Hamaspik has long provided beneficiaries of every agency besides its own with a good number of “Waiver” services, so dubbed for the standard rules that they waive for people to qualify.  And the Shabbaton, which hosted children serviced by several regional nonprofits besides Hamaspik, was a textbook example of a site-based weekend respite event.


Event logistics A to Z were capably handled once again by Hamaspik Special Events Coordinator Mrs. Brenda Katina, in partnership with Hamaspik of Rockland County women’s Day Hab Director Mrs. Esty Schonfeld.  Mrs. Schonfeld planned and executed all staffing arrangements well in advance.  Special thanks also go to Mr. and Mrs. Avrumie and Goldie Holczler, who respectively served as event EMT and onsite coordinator.


From Friday-afternoon arrival welcome packages through dancing to a live band Saturday night, the children had a great time.  Under professional supervision by Hamaspik counselors, guests ate, played, sang and laughed together, enjoying group games, meals and camaraderie in a summer camp-like atmosphere.


And back home, eminently relieved parents were enjoying their richly deserved respites from the rigors of special-needs parenting.