White River Area Agency on Aging Receives $10,000 Grant from Christopher and Dava Reeve Foundation for Reeve Respite Care

WRAAA is proud to announce that it has received a $10,000.00 Respite Care grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The Respite Care Grant Program recognizes family caregivers and the vital role they play by supporting nonprofits that address the episodic respite care needed to prevent caregiver ‘burn out’.

WRAAA will use the grant to provide 4-6, 8 hour episodes of respite to a caregiver who is providing care to someone who has a paralysis diagnosis. The care will be available over WRAAA’s coverage area: Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Sharp, Stone, Van Buren, White, and Woodruff Counties.

WRAAA is honored to have been chosen by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to provide Respite Care to eligible individuals. The support from the Reeve Foundation will allow WRAAA to provide respite from a trained home care assistant to a caregiver of a person suffering paralysis. A heart-felt THANK YOU to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation from White River Area Agency on Aging and the people we serve!

Earlier this year, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation funded a total of $160,000 in Respite Care Grants to recognize family caregivers and the vital role they play. This new Respite Care Grant Program awarded one year grants to 19 nonprofit organizations nationwide. Organizations applied for grants to provide 4-6 days of respite (per family), allowing a caregiver to tend to their own medical needs, appointments and overall well-being.

“One of the goals of the Paralysis Resource Center is to provide caregivers and families the support they need to properly care for the loved ones living with paralysis and themselves without feeling overwhelmed,” said Maggie Goldberg, VP of Policy and Programs. “Adding the Respite Care Grant furthers our mission and Dana Reeve’s vision of making sure that the caregivers of the world also have the proper resources and support at hand to help them succeed.”

About the Reeve Foundation
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. We meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau’s standards for charity accountability and hold the BBB’s Charity Seal. The Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) is a program of the Reeve Foundation, and is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living (cooperative agreement number 90PR3002). For more information, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-539-7309.

WRAAA’s mission is “to advocate for, and develop a coordinated system of programs that improve and enhance the quality of life for older and at risk adults and enables them to live independently with dignity in the least restrictive environment.” For more information please visit our website at wraaa.com or call 800-382-3205.