As part of it's mission the MLRC awarded two series of mini-grants to Massachusetts programs offering innovative respite programming .
2015 mini-grantees (Coming soon)
In 2015 5 mini-grants of ten thousand dollars each were awarded to the following organizations:
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In 2013 10 mini-grants of ten thousand dollars each were awarded to the following organizations:
Advocates Family Respite Services: Project targeted the Spanish and Portuguese communities in the Metrowest area through outreach to St. Stephen’s Church and other faith communities. They created a new partnership with the Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Metrowest, another minigrantee.
Berkshire County Arc offered respite services to those living with: Brain Injury, Dementia,Alzheimer’s, and Asperger’s Syndrome. Three respite options were offered – in-home, facility-based, and group respite outreach (social/recreational) - all participants selected in-home respite.Participants received a voucher and developed a respite plan. Trainings were also offered. As aresult of this project, new partnerships have been formed with Berkshire Caregiver AlzheimerPartnership and Berkshire County Elder Network. They also grew new collaborations with areahome care agencies, nursing agencies, hospice, elder services, etc.
The Boston Home B.Fit! program offered education, stress management, wellness, and expressive writing programs.
The Hockomock Area YMCA’s MS Wellness Program was designed to serve individuals livingwith MS with a focus on providing physical activity. They expanded their outreach throughcollaborations with the YMCA’s cancer survivor program, LIVESTRONG, where they provided services to caregivers of cancer survivors.
Hope Health offered respite to those caring for individuals living with Alzheimer’s Disease or a related dementia (ADRD) were targeted. They attribute their success in providing respite services in this program to their longstanding, well-organized respite grant program with policies and procedures that have been in place for many years. They also provide other services to this population which helps them maintain contact and follow-up with their program participants.
Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Metro West Reassurance Respite Care Project :was designed as an in-home respite care model targeting individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia (ADRD) and Russian clients, especially.Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Metrowest Respite Services provides a range of non-medical,in-home care and ancillary services to support individuals and their caregivers in the Metrowest area. They targeted Spanish- and Portuguese- speaking families including translating outreachand educational materials in these languages. They partnered with Advocates, another mini grantee, to leverage organizational resources and improve their success.
The Oak Square YMCA’s Respite Member Program is an out-of-home respite model that provided respite to families and health care workers – giving them free YMCA memberships. They collaborated with Eikos Community Services for referrals.
Old Colony Elder Services Family Caregiver Support Program aimed to strengthen its capacity to provide respite services by working more closely with their Care Advisors. They leveraged their vendor and elder services network in responding to these needs.
The Paul Center for Learning and Recreation's Respite Revolution provided an array of types of respite services including off-site, community-based experiences for students, on- and off-site caregiver wellness events, and on-campus family swims. They also created an innovative Sensory Garden and Fire pit. They created a Caregiver Forum that will be a sustainable element of their efforts.