Trinity Heights Respite Care
Our office is located inside Trinity Heights UMC. Office hours are Monday-Thursday 8:00-12:00. Call 316-283-6441, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our Facebook page Trinity Heights Respite Care. Outside of office hours, call the director, Connie Rickard, at 316-253-2772.
Trinity Heights Respite Care serves families who have children (age 0-16) with special needs. Families in Harvey or Marion Counties may qualify for services. Following the example set by the American with Disabilities Act, our definition of “disability” is broad-based and includes, among others, physical, learning, sensory and cognitive disabilities. If you have questions about whether a child qualifies for our service, please call our office.
Respite care is time for parents to rest, recharge, and reconnect with friends and other family members. We provide respite care in the family home and at a monthly Parents Day Out, which offers children opportunities for socializing. In-home care is scheduled on an as-needed basis. Parents Day Out is held at Trinity Heights UMC, usually on the third Saturday of the month, from 10:00-4:00. Children with special needs and their siblings are welcome to join us for all or part of that time.
The cost of care is subsidized. Clients pay on a sliding scale according to income.
Client fees cover only 8-10% of the total cost of care, so we depend on grants and donations to make up our operating budget. Please help us if you can–we accept checks and cash any time! We also have fundraisers that you are welcome to help with, or attend: In January, we hold a This ‘n’ That Sale, a giant indoor garage sale at the church. In April, we present a dinner, with entertainment and an auction. In October, we usually have fundraisers such as the We Walk Together to support inclusion and awareness of all disabilities.
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Board meetings are held at Trinity Heights UMC on the third Tuesday of the month, 6:30pm.
The 2018 board of directors are:
Chairman: Darla Wilken
Vice-Chair: Natise Vogt
Secretary: Judy Rittgers
Treasurer: Harlan Rittgers
Members at large: Kathy Archer, Laura Curtis, Arlene Garrison, Marilyn Loganbill, Ann Motter, Lisa Cherry, Becky Yount.
Advisor: Pastor Donna K. Voteau of Trinity Heights UMC
Program Director: Connie Rickard (316-253-2772)
In-Home Coordinator: Ashley Maybrey (62-217-9663)
PDO Coordinator: Valerie Garver (316-259-2869), Sandra Helsper (316-212-6538)