South Carolina Respite Coalition


Increase short breaks for family caregivers of any age caring for someone dependent on them 24/7.

Website:http://www.screspitecoalition.org
Matching Method:Dollar for dollar match on all donations up to $1185
Vouchers are given to family caregivers across the lifespan who do not have public funds to get a break from 24 hour care giving.
"I am a full time working Mom to an amazing special needs little girl, my daughter.... When my husband got deployed a year ago I struggled to imagine how I was going to get everything done and still be the Mom I wanted to be: patient, organized, loving and giving, to name a few. The blessing of time that these respite funds have given have been immense. Without being able to recharge myself, my intentions, my emotions and my physical being, I do not think I could have made it through the year. Thank you to everyone at South Carolina Respite Coalition for everything they do. Special thanks to Allison who spent extra time helping us!"
---Pam K, young mother of daughter with Down Syndrome

Bonnie Sue and Gerald, married 53 years. Gerald had a traumatic brain injury. After receiving a S.C. Respite Coalition voucher for respite, she wrote:
"I really enjoyed my time that I got. It seems strange to get to go out and have some time to myself.
I'm dreaming of when time comes and I can spend the night away. I have been closed in for 3 ½ years."

"This was a gift from heaven just when I needed it most. I really can tell a difference since I was able to get out of the house to enjoy some "me" time. Thank you so very much…. I'm no longer on anti-depressant meds. I would like to receive these services again if possible. "
---Patricia G., parent of a 20-something son who has Autism.

"My husband and I got to go away for one night for our 34th wedding anniversary!"
---Diane P., parent of teenage son with debilitating seizure disorder who is never left alone, night or day, because injuries sustained during his very physical violent seizures are so serious.

"I went to watch my son graduate from basic training in another state! Thank you!"
---Lyn M., daughter of 87 year old mother with Alzheimer's Disease.

"Thank you so much for providing the respite voucher…this allowed me time to take care of personal
things for myself. During difficult days and nights it allowed me to have someone else in my
Home to help with him. Thank you for allowing me to participate in your program."
---Peggy T., caring for her 74 year-old husband who had a stroke.

"First of all smooches for all the love you are doing. I thank you all for all the concern I've never
experienced in all the 18 years of taking care of my son. I felt no one cared…I was always told I would
have to pay someone which I could not afford. [I had some vacation and took care of
my medical appointments.] Thank you and God bless you all."
---Tammi L., Mother of 40-something year old son with quadriplegia.




Supplement our voucher program for family caregivers and use it for educational work among family caregivers, respite providers and the public.