Rising Treetops and the Covid-19 Pandemic

This update on September 29, 2021 is to provide to you the status of services at Rising Treetops at Oakhurst. We hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe.


Rising Treetops was planning this summer to resume our scheduled overnight respite service in late September 2021, but due to the recent surge with the COVID-19 Delta variant, as well as the emergence of breakthrough cases and the need for booster shots for many of our clients and staff this fall, we have decided to delay the start of our usual scheduled respite sessions until at least January 2022 (and then decide month by month). In addition, we are having significant challenges hiring vaccinated direct care workers willing to quarantine and live at our facility.


Instead of resuming 4 and 7 night respite sessions in late September 2021 for for up to 22 clients per session, for the rest of 2021 we will hold 12-night general COVID-extended respite sessions for approximately 8-12 vaccinated clients. The dates and details can be found on the Registration – Calendar section of this website.  


These sessions have limited slots and will be filled on a first come, first served basis with priority given to those not able to attend our modified summer program sessions. Please contact Donna by email at respite@risingtreetops.org or by phone at 732-531-0215 for more information. Please know all staff at Rising Treetops are fully COVID-vaccinated.


We will make a decision by December 1, 2021, if we are able to resume our typical 4 and 7 night overnight respite sessions and our day services starting January 1, 2022, or if we will need to further delay the start of our respite season.


We hope you and your loved ones are faring as well as possible during this difficult time.


Note:  If you are not aware, Rising Treetops’ overnight respite, after school and summer camp services have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As of March 20, 2020, except for a long term emergency respite service, we suspended all other planned overnight respite and day programs, and subsequently extended the suspension of services to include our 2020 Summer Camp and all but our emergency services until June 2021 when we opened a modified limited summer camp program. Our services are provided to children and adults with special needs, including autism and physical and intellectual disabilities.

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