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Entering our 24th 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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WE ARE RESPITE Falmouth Team

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
WE ARE RESPITE Falmouth Team

We would like to proudly present the WE ARE RESPITE support t-shirt! Order one today and the proceeds will go to the WE ARE RESPITE Falmouth Road Race team goal!

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100k for 100 Grants

Monday, June 04, 2018
100k for 100 Grants

The Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center is pleased to announce it has been awarded a grant from the Cummings Foundation. The foundation’s “$100K for 100 Grants”, which supports education, health care, human services, and social justice in Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties, annually make this generous gift to 100 nonprofit organizations. 

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Upcoming Events

Michael's Miracle Marathon Team and the Boston Marathon

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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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Past Events

Respite Coffeehouse 2019

Monday, August 19, 2019
Respite Coffeehouse 2019

Friday, September 6th. The 2019 Respite Center Coffeehouse will be held at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts (98 Hayden Rowe St. Hopkinton). This is a fun night of music that features individuals from the Michael Lisnow Respite Center on the big stage! Come on out and have a fun night with us, music starts at 7pm. 

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Michael's Run 5k 2019

Friday, August 02, 2019
Michael's Run 5k 2019

Saturday, October 19th. Join us at 10 am 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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2020 Holiday Schedule

Days We Will Be Closed:

January 1
New Year's Day

January 20 
Martin Luther King Day

February 17 
President's Day

April 17 
Marathon Setup at Respite 

April 20 
Marathon Monday

April 21 
Marathon Cleanup at Respite

May 25 
Memorial Day

July 3,4 
Independence Day

September 7           
Labor Day 

October 12 
Columbus Day

November 11 
Veterans Day

November 25, 26, 27      
Thanksgiving Break

December 24 - Jan. 3 (2021) 
Christmas/New Year Break