True Friends Respite provides a unique weekend away for participants and a short period of rest for caregivers.

2018 Respite Registration Now Open!

The full catalog is available below or take a look at the calendar listing to the right. For more information or questions regarding registration call 952.852.0101 or email 

Applications received after Dec. 31, 2017 for 2018 Respite sessions will be automatically placed on the interest list. Individuals on the interest list will be contacted in the event True Friends can provide services. Please note, the decision to move participants from the interest list will be determined by the date the application was received, care ratio of the participant and staff availability.

2018 Respite Schedule



Who can participate?

Individuals ages five and up with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities. We offer services at 1:1, 1:2, 1:3, 1:4 and higher care ratios. All applicants are screened by our respite department for appropriate placement.

What should I expect?

True Friends staff provide support, encouragement, guidance and supervision to ensure respite participants have a safe and meaningful experience. Qualified food service professionals can prepare meals and work to match special diet needs. Please contact our respite department to determine if we can meet specific diets. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday are provided.

Many of our staff are human service professionals or individuals studying to receive their degree. We work to match our participants to staff to enhance each individual’s experience.

Our health care staff are trained medical professionals or individuals studying to receive their degree as well.
They are trained in medication administration, assistance with medical equipment for meals and numerous medical devices.

Registration Process

Early registration is the key to securing your preferred respite weekends! There are capacity limits for each care ratio for each weekend.

To ensure True Friends is meeting the needs of all interested participants registration confirmation will occur on a semi-annual basis. This allows the team to better understand staffing availability while reducing frustrating cancellations. Participants are able to register for an entire year; however True Friends will be confirming respite registration in:

December 2017 – confirm registrations for January 2018 through the end of June 2018.
May 2018 – confirm registrations for July 2018 through the end of December 2018.

True Friends cannot guarantee to serve the same participants during every respite session. Participants will receive a registration packet once your application has been confirmed.

If you have any immediate concerns please contact our Director of Respite Services at 952-852-0101 ext. 460.

Registration is available by clicking here. 

Weekend Respite

Check-in Friday from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Check-out Sunday from noon – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday Respite is available from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Payment Options

Our services are licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services 245D License. True Friends accepts payment from 245D licensed waivers and CDCS waivers. This includes, but is not limited to, the following waivers: CADI (Community Access for Disability Inclusion), CAC (Community Alternative Care), DD (Developmental Disabilities), and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).

For more information call our Director of Respite Services at 952-852-0101 ext. 460.


Cancellations are rare at True Friends Respite. However, in the event True Friends Respite must cancel a session the following will occur:

If True Friends Cancels
True Friends reserves the right to cancel a respite session due to circumstances beyond our control including severe weather or due to a lack of staff and/or participants. If this occurs, staff will notify you within a timely manner. Participants will be rescheduled for another respite session or could be refunded entirely.

If Participant/Group Cancels
True Friends understands that occasionally conflicts arise. In the event a participant or group needs to cancel their respite stay the following may occur:

  • All fees paid will be refunded in full if notice is received at True Friends 14 days or more prior to the participant/group session.
  • If noticed is received at True Friends 13 days or less to the participant/group session, individuals will be charged a $50 processing fee.


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