A newly built children's respite center opened Monday in Millard. The center primarily serves children with special needs.
Children’s Respite Care Center is the only day health service for children with special needs in the state. Now they have a facility built just for them.
The center has a gym designed to be fun and engaging. There are also new rooms just for speech, occupational, mental and behavioral therapy and a playground that allows kids space to play.
The center serves children ages one to 21 so employees say it was important to have room to cater to different levels.
Parents who were at the old facility that the center rented say they are thrilled with the new building.
Jim Abt, the father of an 11-year-old, said it’s, "just a place for her to come and feel welcome and have friends. This is like her second home. She absolutely loves it here and we couldn't be more excited that this facility is offered and they have the capability."
Natalie Hadley is the mother of an 18-year-old and she said the benefit is, "being able to really be with them the whole time and see it come full circle. And now they have their very own building and are not leasing space. They're not making do with it. This was built just for these kids, just for our kids. It's fantastic."
Employees say they built the center because there was so much demand. They also have services for children who don’t have special needs but want different therapies.