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Now in our 26th year, The Michael Lisnow Respite Center is a place that provides emotional and physical support for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Located in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, the Center serves hundreds of families. We can not do this without the generous support of many, and the inspiration given to us by the life and memory of Michael Carter Lisnow.


We ask that you take a moment to read Michael's story, view our efforts through images in our photo gallery, and learn about the programs we have available. We believe that the true legacy of Michael is not just the house itself, but it is the wisdom he continues to inspire in us and the strength to help change lives.

News & Upcoming Events

The 16th Annual
Respite Center 

This year marks the return of our annual Coffeehouse concert. It is a wonderful night of music with performances by our Respite Center individuals. Click below to find out more!

The 24th Annual
Michael's Run/Walk 5k

Every October, the Michael Lisnow Respite Center holds a special road race in Hopkinton. People gather together to run, walk, or wheel three miles (5k) through the beauty of a fall New England day.  Come join the fun and register today!

Best Pictures of 2022!


Being Silly Again!

Thank You For Your Support!

The Cummings Foundation Grant

We are Grant recipients of $100K for 100, a Cummings Foundation program for non profit organizations in Eastern Mass.

Since 2018, the Cummings Foundation has funded our arts program in partnership with the Hopkinton Center for the Arts.  

The Cummings Foundation funded Respite Center Hop/Arts program joint venture

provides professionally guided classes such as ceramics, pottery, water color and dance.

Exhibitions take place in a number public venues, including the Worcester Museum of Fine Arts.  Appropriate modifications have been adopted since the pandemic to allow the art classes to continue online and in small settings.  

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