Longtime Supporter, Volunteer and Former Board Chair Shares her Story!
Marian Melville, an Aspen resident since 1955, started her philanthropic pursuits in the 1980s after former Easterseals Colorado President and CEO, Francis Steers wanted representation from the mountain communities on the Board of Directors. With six children, Marian juggled life as a mother, owner of a lodge and Easterseals Colorado Board Chair. During her time as Chair, Marian helped oversee the expansion of Rocky Mountain Village Camp, the Talking with Technology program and the ADA laws still in effect today. Her support of Easterseals from then to now is incredible.
The Colorado Respite Coalition (CRC) is an allied group of families and community partners who have joined together to strengthen and preserve Colorado families who are caring for individuals with special needs. The CRC works to improve the lives of Colorado families by supporting current respite care options and facilitating the development of new, safe and affordable respite care choices.
How can the CRC help you?
Our online Respite Locator connects caregivers with respite providers. Search by key word or zip code to find local respite options. The Locator currently has over 650 providers and is growing daily.
Our website (coloradorespitecoalition.org) offers resources for caregivers and their loved ones including how to find a provider, financial information and more.
We offer some financial assistance for respite through our family respite voucher program. We also provide grant opportunities for agencies who provide respite services.
We sponsor trainings throughout the year and across the state for caregivers and providers.
Want to get involved in your region? There are regional respite coalitions across the state that meet quarterly to share resources, determine respite needs, and develop solutions.
What are the CRC’s goals and activities?
Identify and coordinate existing respite resources
Establish a lifespan respite program infrastructure
Work with regional respite coalitions to strengthen respite resources statewide
Increase the availability of respite providers by offering trainings for professionals, caregivers and volunteers
Increase awareness about respite services
Offer competitive grants to eligible respite providers across Colorado
Who partners with the CRC?
Colorado Department of Human Services, State Unit on Aging
Chronic Care Collaborative (group of 31 chronic disease organizations)
More than 120 member organizations providing respite services across Colorado
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