Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Introduce Respite Care Grants Program to Honor Caregivers

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on August 23, 2017 # Quality of Life Grant Spotlight

Earlier this year, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation awarded a total of $160,000 in Respite Care Grants to recognize family caregivers and the vital role they play by supporting nonprofits that address the episodic respite care needed to prevent caregiver ‘burn out’. This new Respite Care Grant Program awarded one year grants to 19 nonprofit organizations nationwide. Organizations applied for grants to provide 4-6 days of respite (per family), allowing a caregiver to tend to their own medical needs, appointments and overall well-being.

“One of the goals of the Paralysis Resource Center is to provide caregivers and families the support they need to properly care for the loved ones living with paralysis and themselves without feeling overwhelmed,” said Maggie Goldberg, VP of Policy and Programs. “Adding the Respite Care Grant furthers our mission and Dana Reeve’s vision of making sure that the caregivers of the world also have the proper resources and support at hand to help them succeed.”

These Respite Care grants benefitted nonprofit organizations nationwide including:

Help Our Wounded, Round Rock, TX— $10,000

This grant supports an emergency respite fund for unanticipated circumstances and provides the opportunity for the caregiver to attend to their own medical needs.

Hillsdale County Senior Services Center, Hillsdale, MI— $6,460

This grant supports an expansion of an episodic day respite program to include night care for up to 6 families in need at a time.

White River Area Agency on Aging Inc., Batseville, AR— $10,000

This grant supports a home-based respite services program that provides home care assistants to families with paralysis.

Aging, Disability & Transit Services of Rockingham County, Reidsville, NC— $10,000

This grant supports the LEAF (Life Enrichment and Friendship Center) Adult Day/Health Center as well as the In-Home Care Program to provide either structured center-based respite or in-home services.

ALS Association Orange County Chapter, Tustin, CA— $9,750

This grant supports the Orange County Chapter of ALS to provide respite grants of up to $750 per family for 33 hours of in-home respite for families impacted by ALS.

Brattleboro Area Adult Day Services dba The Gathering Place (TGP), Brattleboro, VT— $10,000

This grant supports TGP, which provides adult day and home care services.

CLASS (Community Living And Support Services), Pittsburgh, PA— $6,000

This grant supports the CLASS program, and will be used to provide respite vouchers to families without a payer source and/or have an immediate emergency respite need.

Council on Aging for Southeastern Vermont, d/b/a Senior Solutions, Springfield, VT— $10,000

This grant supports the expansion of services from an aging and dementia-focused respite program to include individuals from younger populations with physical disabilities. They will partner with the Vermont Center for Independent Living as well as other organizations to achieve the outreach to this population.

Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center, Citrus Heights, CA— $10,000

This grant supports an emergency respite program for individuals that sustained paralysis after the age of 18 years old.

Gateways Community Services, Nashua, NH— $2,000

This grant supports the partnership between Partners in Health and Family Support Council to provide respite care services to families with children ages birth to 21 years old.

George Mark Children's House, San Leandro, CA— $10,000

This grant supports the palliative respite care program at George Mark for children ages 0-21 years old.

Illinois Respite Coalition, Chicago, IL— $10,000

This grant supports a lifespan emergency respite program that will allow caregivers to hire trained respite workers of their choice while they attend to their crisis.

Molly's House, Inc., Stuart, FL— $10,000

This grant supports a spinal cord respite program at Molly’s House that provides professional in-home respite care.

New Beginnings Community Center, Medford, NY— $10,000

This grant supports the Linda Barone Respite Care Project and would specifically fund respite care for those with paralysis.

Red Rock Center for Independence, St. George, UT— $10,000

This grant enables an evening respite program at an adult day center to be provided for free to caregivers of someone with paralysis.

Tennessee Respite Coalition, Nashville, TN— $9,725

This grant supports an expansion of a family directed respite voucher program for family caregivers of people with paralysis.

The ALS Association Florida Chapter, Tampa, FL— $10,000

This grant supports a chapter respite program for those who care for individuals with ALS.

Trinity Heights Respite Care, Inc., Newton, KS— $2,000

This grant supports both the In-Home and Parent’s Day Out programs.

United Cerebral Palsy of Huntsville and Tennessee Valley, Inc., Huntsville, AL— $5,000

This grant supports a voucher respite reimbursement program that supports in-home caregiving.

Learn more about our all of our Grants Programs.

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