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, and have since extended the suspension of services to include all summer camp programs originally scheduled to run through September 4 and have now suspended all overnight respite (the exception being our overnight Emergency Respite program) and after school program services through December 31. We will decide on or about November 15 whether we will resume these services on January 1. 


At this time, we cannot resume these services because of the current availability and reliability of testing for COVID-19, the inability to ensure safe social distancing at our facility with our client populations, and the availability of live-in direct care staff. 


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 now been cancelled through December 31, Rising Treetops has continued throughout the pandemic to provide services to a limited number of vulnerable individuals with developmental disabilities on a long-term emergency basis. 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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