kids kayaking


kids bowling and in mom's hands


kids crafting


kids at play and horseback riding


good friends, good family


having a great time


friends for life


Entering our 18th 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.



Boston Marathon 2015



We have a wonderful team this year!

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Michael’s Run 2014 Was A Huge Success!


Saturday October 18th was the 17th annual Michael's Run 5K held on the Hopkinton Common.  We had a phenomenal day of fun, music and food.

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The Coffeehouse


Once a year in the spring, some of the best local musicians gather together and perform a special night of music for the Respite Center.  On June 9, 2014 we held our 10th Annual Coffeehouse, and this was our best night yet. 

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Wish List

We would not exist without countless generous gifts over the years. We are often asked by people looking to give, What are a few things that Respite Center needs? Here is a list made by all of us of items that we always need, and are looking for.


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