Gainesville Peer Respite provides sanctuary and support to those who are experiencing or have experienced overwhelming mental /emotional distress.   We seek to create a community that supports open dialogue, empowerment, self-determination, recovery and wellness.  Our staff members have lived experiences similar to those we serve. Together we hope to create an environment that helps people transform experiences of distress into opportunities for learning and life enhancement.


Core Values

Gainesville Peer Respite wants to provide a safe environment that encourages honest and open dialogue about the effects of mental illness, substance use disorder and trauma on our communities. The values that we ascribe to are central to the consumer operated model and will be vital to creating a network of volunteers Peer support professionals and community leaders all working to advocate for change and to reduce the negative stigma associated with mental illness.

Gainesville Peer Respite Core values are

  •   Respect - recognizing that all people are different and come from different backgrounds and different experiences; having admiration and esteem for the things that make us different while embracing the things that we all share.

  • Openness - a willingness to be emotionally accessible and able to process trauma in a healthy way that builds trust in our abilities and in others.

  • Community - a group of people from similar background or circumstances who come together to share their experiences and support each other.

  • Self-Efficacy - an individual’s belief in their innate abilities to affect positive change in their own lives and the lives of others.

  • Empowerment - The process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one's life and claiming one's rights.

    Employees, volunteers, visitors and guests of the center are required to read and acknowledge their agreement to upholding these values and are expected to behave in a manner that is consistent with these values in word and deed. The Respite Center is devoted to fostering an environment where clients feel safe, respected, and heard. Our values of respect, openness, community, self-efficacy and empowerment are the foundation of our relationships with clients and the community.