History of Regional Respite Coalitions
Regional Respite Coalitions were established to have local participation from the respite stakeholders to address unique needs for specific areas of Colorado, and through collaboration, creating a statewide effort. Regional Respite Coalitions are volunteer-led to host their own programs (including meetings or outreach) and report to the Colorado Respite Coalition, housed at Easter Seals Colorado.
Easter Seals Colorado and the Colorado Respite Coalition hosted three Regional Respite Summits in the fall of 2013 in Grand Junction, Denver and Colorado Springs. The goal of the Summits was to bring together key stakeholders in each region including policymakers, respite providers, caregivers, to discuss the state of respite in their communities and develop a plan to improve services and resources. The Summits were supported by the Colorado Trust’s Convening for Colorado program.
Attendees reported very positive feedback for each Summit and encouraged more in the future. The Summits were so successful that the three new regional respite coalitions mentioned above emerged. Easter Seals Colorado and the Colorado Respite Coalition will be working with these groups to develop a strategic plan to improve respite options for families across the state throughout 2014-2015.
For more information about each Summit, please click on the notes below:
Please contact Meghan Kluth at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to get involved with a regional coalition.
A huge THANK YOU to all of the volunteers supporting the regional coalitions!
There are currently five regional respite coalitions serving the state of Colorado. Click on a region below to be directed to their page with more information on meetings, contact information, and how to get involved.