We offer assistance on starting up a respite program!

Starting a Respite Program is a handbook for developing new respite services. The contents of this handbook are provided for informational purposes only and do not encompass all available information on starting a respite program. For answers to complex legal questions, users should consult a qualified attorney.

Sharing the Care: An Innovative Model for Building Respite Awareness and Capacity Within Communities is our brand new toolkit.This Sharing the Care (STC) Toolkit serves as a resource for existing leaders of STC initiatives throughout the state of Alabama, as well as individuals wishing to start a new STC community initiative. The toolkit includes information on the goals and objectives of STC, how to get started, strategic planning, activities, events, and evaluation. Forms and event planning guides are included as well.

 Providing Breaks for Family Caregivers: A Toolkit for Volunteers and Faith Communities! is finally here! This brand new toolkit provides information and tools that will help faith based communities and volunteers to understand the need for respite and caregiver ministries, explore models for providing support, and plan for the implementation of a caregiver ministry through their own organization.

Ask us about joining or establishing a Sharing the Care program in your area of the state. This initiative can make a big difference in your community by developing respite resources and identifying resource needs that are unique to your community. The goal is to strengthen and support caregivers by increasing the availability and accessibility of respite resources. Activities include public awareness, training, technical assistance and resource development.

Sharing the Care members come from all walks of life! Groups include caregivers, professionals working with those with chronic illness or disability, local pastors & church representatives, members of special interest groups, state agencies, non- and for-profit agencies, basically anyone interested in supporting caregivers through respite. Your Sharing the Care group can look however you want it to look; some groups meet monthly and others meet less frequently. Group members brainstorm and get creative about ways to help caregivers in their community. Your group might choose to host an event, attend a conference, educate others about respite; the sky is the limit!

Currently we have active Sharing the Care groups in Madison County, Jefferson/Shelby Counties, Baldwin County, Morgan County and Mobile County. 

Sharing the Care: An Innovative Model for Building Respite Awareness and Capacity Within Communities This Sharing the Care (STC) Toolkit serves as a resource for existing leaders of STC initiatives throughout the state of Alabama, as well as individuals wishing to start a new STC community initiative. The toolkit includes information on the goals and objectives of STC, how to get started, strategic planning, activities, events, and evaluation. Forms and event planning guides are included as well.

Providing Breaks for Family Caregivers: A Toolkit for Volunteers and Faith Communities This brand new toolkit provides information and tools that will help faith based communities and volunteers to understand the need for respite and caregiver ministries, explore models for providing support, and plan for the implementation of a caregiver ministry through their own organization. 

Please call us today at 1-800-RESTALA to find out more about how you can help.

Take a few minutes to write about your experiences with respite.

Tell us why you need respite.

Tell us how respite affects your life.

 Tell Us Your Story is a form you may feel free to download and use.

Mail your story to:

Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network
1856 Keats Drive
Huntsville, Alabama 35810

Help us provide information to legislators about the need for respite services in Alabama. 

Let your state and federal policymakers know what a difference respite makes to you or your family member. 

Contact your elected officials about the importance of respite. Click here to contact your Alabama Legislators!

Telling Your Story App

 

Not sure what to say or how to say it? Here is an app to help you put your story into a clear, concise format that will catch the eye of legislators! "Telling Your Story" is a free tool that persons with disabilities, family members, and other advocates can use to compose and practice the personal story they'll present to elected public officials or other policy makers at all levels of government when seeking policy changes or increasing awareness about disability issues. The app guides users through the steps, from introducing yourself to identifying the specific issue to the best methods for presenting a compelling personal story. After entering the text of their story, an audio recording feature allows the user to rehearse their story. Users can also select and preview a photo they may wish to include.

Download the "Telling Your Story" App here! 

 

Your tax-deductable gift to Alabama Respite will make a difference in the lives of families throughout Alabama.

If you would like to donate to provide respite care services for a caregiver, your gift of:

  • $250 will provide 25 hours of respite for a caregiver
  • $100 will provide 10 hours of respite for a caregiver
  • $50 will provide 5 hours of respite for a caregiver
  • $25 will provide 2.5 hours of respite for a caregiver

Your contribution can also help Alabama Respite develop new opportunities for respite services, train respites providers, and educate policy makers about the need for additional state and federal funding for respite services.

A one-time gift or a monthly or quarterly pledge amount on your credit card can be made by calling Alabama Respite at 1-256-859-4900. 

 Donation Form is a document you may use to make a donation as well.

Make checks payable to: UCP (clearly state in the “for” blank that the donation is for Alabama Respite).

Mail your Donation Form and/or checks to:

Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network
71856 Keats Drive
Huntsville, Alabama 35810

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