Gio's Garden Awareness Night

What is Gio's Garden?

Gio’s Garden is a therapeutic respite center for children ages birth through six years old with special needs FOR FREE. Families receive 24 hours of care a month, or 6 hours per week. We hear many of the kids call this their home away from home. Opening its first location in Middleton in June of 2012, Gio’s Garden has provided more than 20,000 hours of care! Gio’s Garden services include respite care, individual therapy, family support and resources, and family date night. In January of 2017, Gio’s Garden is excited to open a second program location in Sun Prairie location. Please see the website for more information:

Who is Gio and Why Gio's Garden?

Gio’s Garden began as a seed of frustration from parents of children with special needs that grew into a magnificent respite care home in Middleton, Wisconsin. Named after Giovanni Giordan, a boy who, in his short life, has gone through 3 brain surgeries and, at one time, suffered from more than 80 seizures a day. Despite his disabilities, Gio was declared “not disabled enough” to get home nursing care. He wasn’t alone. His mother and father met other parents who were struggling to get through the disability system. These parents were working 40 hour a week jobs as well as caring for their angels. And they weren’t getting something every parent needs…a break; a break to run errands, a break to go on a date, a break to spend time with other siblings who may feel neglected because “mom and dad” are spending all their time caring for their “sick” brother and sister. Together, they raised money and opened Gio’s Garden Respite Home in Middleton in 2012. 
While Gio's Garden asks parents to help with some payments, it is not required. Many parents do what they can but we survive through donations, fundraising events and community outreach.


Ben Hocking
Chicago, IL

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