The award is given to a successful collaborative effort that is doing particularly good work across the state in the non-profit community. The Colorado Respite Care Program’s mission is to increase respite supports and resources for family caregivers to reduce caregiver stress, strengthen families and keep individuals with special needs living at home.
The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS),via its Division of Aging and Adult Services, since 2011 has received two federal Lifespan Respite Grants through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Current funding runs through 2017.
Existing respite resources are identified and coordinated through a collaborative effort with the Colorado Respite Coalition, which represents nearly 200 member organizations across the state. Other partners include Easter Seals Colorado, the Chronic Care Collaborative - which represents 32 advocacy groups, and other regional entities in the north, south and western slope.
The collaboration award includes a $50,000 grant that will be used to augment existing statewide respite care services and continue serving the needs of caregivers of individuals with special needs regardless of age, income, race, ethnicity, situation, or disability.
“I would like to thank the Colorado NonProfit Association and Colorado’s philanthropic community for their foresight and interest in acknowledging the benefits of collaboration in addressing crucial needs in our state,” Julie Krow, Deputy Executive Director for Community Partnerships with CDHS, said in accepting the award at the Denver Renaissance Hotel.
“I also want to commend our staff at the State Unit on Aging for their vision, dedication and leadership over the past several years in taking this from a small initiative to developing a truly statewide collaboration that is building the infrastructure to support family caregivers across the state.”
Among those initiatives is a statewide website that provides over 450 resources for caregivers at www.ColoradoRespiteCoalition.org.
“We couldn’t do this without our coalition partners,” said Mindy Kemp, Director of the Division on Aging and Adult Services. “They’re really the ones that make all this happen.”