Rising Treetops and the Covid-19 Pandemic

Rising Treetop at Oakhurst’s overnight respite, after school respite and summer camp services have been significantly impacted of the coronavirus (COVID-19).


As of March 20, we suspended our planned overnight respite and after school respite programs through mid-April, and have since extended the suspension of services through the end of May.  On May 20th, we made the decision to cancel our June and July day camp and overnight summer camp sessions, including our Adult, Young Adult, two Youth and first two Autism inclusion summer camp sessions. On July 12, we made the difficult decision to cancel the remaining summer camp sessions, including our two August Autism camp sessions and our End-of-Summer Respite session. 


At this time, we cannot hold these camp sessions because of the current status on the availability and reliability of testing for COVID-19, the inability to ensure safe social distancing at our camp with our camper populations, and the restrictions and availability of our counselors and support staff from overseas (where 90% of our summer staff come from).


We will decide on or about August 15 on whether our 2020-2021 overnight respite and after school respite services will begin on time in September as planned, or if we need to delay the start of the season.


Please know that the safety and health of our clients, campers and staff is always the highest priority at Rising Treetops.  We will continue to work closely with our local public health department and our partners at New York’s Office of People with Developmental Disabilities and New Jersey’s Department of Human Services to maintain safe and effective protocols to resume our vital services at Rising Treetops.


The service we have continued and are committed to providing during the COVID-19 pandemic is our emergency respite service. While planned overnight respite, after school respite services and day and sleepaway camp sessions have been cancelled through September 4, Rising Treetops has continued throughout to provide services to vulnerable individuals with developmental disabilities on an emergency basis during the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has impacted our usual protocols and criteria for accepting and serving clients with development disabilities on an emergency basis. See the Emergency Respite services section of this website, email respite@risingtreetops.org or call 732-531-0215 for more information.


We hope you and your loved ones are as healthy and safe as possible.

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