The Respite Project (TRP) is an outgrowth of the Central MA Respite Project(CMRP), a grant funded community collaboration, which began in 2007. This unique project was founded to address the challenges that families meet when trying to find respite care for their loved one. Finding a means to provide free respite services to families led the group to propose an innovative collaboration among families, higher education, and human service agencies. College students earn college credit through an internship to provide respite care to families. This project has been extremely successful in meeting family needs, providing a rich educational experience for local college students, culminating in the comprehensive cultivation of trained respite workers ready to enter the health and human services workforce.
Presently, The Respite Project (TRP) serves as a unique “train the trainer” model of respite service provision that brings together three integral partners – Families, Community Agencies, and Higher Education. While providing many benefits to all parties, the ultimate goal of TRP has been to provide much needed respite to family caregivers at no cost to the consumer. This model is easily replicable with any special needs population or age range, and in any community. The TRP is available to answer any questions you may have or provide technical assistance. To learn how YOU can become a partner contact Barbara Donati at: firstname.lastname@example.org