Who We Are and

How We Got Started

The ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the official opening of Peace Place occured in March of 2012.

Peace Place was created in 2011 by two moms who understood firsthand the need, rarity, and benefit of respite care. When the community expressed an interest in the idea, and similar organizations offered supprt to help it get started, Michelle Patterson (pictured third from left) and Elaine Hundley (pictured fourth from right) made Peace Place a reality in 2012.


Peace Place Respite Care is a ministry of First Presbyterian Church, and is housed in the East wing of the church, facing 14th St. and the Paris Gibson Art Museum. The space was graciously donated by the church, and volunteers donated labor and time to turn it into a kid-friendly space. In 2018, a sensory room was added. Peace Place also has access to the preschool rooms in the basement, including a large gym as well as an indoor playscape.


Because Peace Place is FREE to all its families, it relies heavily on donations, grants, and external funding. United Way of Cascade County has invested in Peace Place every year. We also are honored to receive funding from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, The Davidson Family Foundation, the Marshall and Mary Brondum Family Foundation and the Herb Waltermire Community Enhancement Foundation.