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Entering our 20th year, The Michael Lisnow Respite Center is a place that provides emotional and physical support for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Located in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, the Center serves hundreds of families. We can not do this without the generous support of many, and the inspiration given to us by the life and memory of Michael Carter Lisnow.

We ask that you take a moment to read Michael's story, view our efforts through images in our photo gallery, and learn about the programs we have available. We believe that the true legacy of Michael is not just the house itself, but it is the wisdom he continues to inspire in us and the strength to help change lives.

Photo: Michael and his mother, Sharon, co-founder of the center.






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Upcoming Events

Respite Coffeehouse 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Respite Coffeehouse 2017

Friday, September 22nd. The 2017 Respite Center Coffeehouse will be held at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts (98 Hayden Rowe St. Hopkinton). This is a fun fun night of music that features individuals from the Michael Lisnow Respite Center on the big stage! Come on out, music starts at 7pm and goes until 9pm  

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Michael's Run 2017

Thursday, August 10, 2017
Michael's Run 2017

Saturday, October 21st. Join us at 10am as we gather together on the Hopkinton Common to walk, run or wheel three miles (5k) through the beauty of a Fall New England Day.  

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Community Art Wall Featuring Respite Artists

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Community Art Wall Featuring Respite Artists

No plans this weekend? No problem.
Starting this week off with some great news! This Saturday (06/24), 7 members of the Respite Center's Fine Arts Program (collaborative program with the Hopkinton Center for the Arts) are being featured at the Boston Public Market for a food inspired art gallery :)

The gallery is being debuted during the market's family friendly "Farm Day Summer Festival" featuring amazing local food vendors from New England. Spread the word and come support these amazing artists at the Boston Public Market-located in Faneuil Hall (100 Hanover st., Boston, MA). Don't forget to follow the Respite Center Instagram account @hopkintonrespite for more inspiring media about these artists!


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Past Events

Michael's Miracle Marathon Team and the Boston Marathon

Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Michael's Miracle Marathon Team and the Boston Marathon

The Respite Center is situated less than a mile from the start of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Every year tens of thousands of runners converge on our doorstep and get ready for their 26.2 mile trip into Boston. We are lucky enough to have a group of those runners raise money for Respite each year. 

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2017 Holiday Schedule

Days We Will Be Closed:

January 1
New Year's Day

January 16 
Martin Luther King Day

February 20 
President's Day

April 14 
Marathon Setup at Respite 

April 17 
Marathon Monday

April 18 
Marathon Cleanup at Respite

May 29 
Memorial Day

July 3, 4
Independence Day

September 4 
Labor Day 

October 9 
Columbus Day

November 22, 23, 24
Thanksgiving Break

December 24 - Jan. 1 
Christmas/New Year Break