TakeFIVE - New Institute Project
The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University recently launched a project called TakeFIVE which provides funding, training and support for faith-based and community organizations to develop or expand a volunteer respite program for families of children with special health care needs, including a disability or chronic illness.
Funded by from the Pennsylvania Department of Health is accepting applications from organizations for mini grants up to $5000 to train volunteers to provide families of children with disabilities and/or chronic illness with an occasional break from care giving.
Faith based organizations such as churches, synagogues, or mosques and community organizations such as YMCAs, Community Centers and mentoring programs are encouraged to apply to successfully develop a program or expand an existing program.
TakeFIVE will enable a caregiver a block of time to accomplish important tasks or to engage in recreational activities confident their loved one is being cared for at home or at an appropriate community setting.
The organizations that are awarded the mini-grants will partner with the PA Department of Health on achieving its mission "to promote healthy lifestyles, prevent injury and disease, and to assure the safe delivery of quality health care for all Commonwealth citizens." Applicants will be evaluated by a selection committee comprised of Institute staff members.
Beginning as a pilot project in south central regions of Pennsylvania, TakeFIVE will eventually expand across the commonwealth.