July 28, 29 and 30 (Thursday thru Saturday)
Who is eligible: Moms of any marital status who are at least 25 years old and have a low income are welcome to apply for the 2016 Summer Respite Program. You must find your own childcare while you are attending the Respite Program.
Where: the Center of Renewal on the Stella Niagara Campus, near Lewiston.
What to expect: The Women’s Respite Program provides a modest private room, all meals, linens, plus great recreational activities that are all optional. It all takes place in a beautiful, peaceful setting along the Niagara River. We even try to help with transportation.
To apply: Mom fills out 2-page application and 1-page health form. Agency rep or social worker fills out 1-page referral form.
Cost: No fee, but we request a $15 donation at the time of the program.
Send application to: Women’s Respite Program ® 1301 Ferry Ave ® Niagara Falls, NY 14301
Application deadline: July 13, 2016
After the deadline, we will notify all applicants with a letter indicating whether or not they’ve been accepted into the program.
For information, or to obtain an application, call Teresa at
June 10 to June 12, 2016
If you are raising your grandchildren, and consider yourself to be of low income, we invite you to apply for our annual weekend in June (see dates above). The weekend program is held at the Center of Renewal on the campus of Stella Niagara, near Lewiston, NY.
The weekend includes a modest private room, all meals, and lots of pleasant activities, all optional in case you just want to rest. Best of all, you will have an opportunity to get to know other grandmothers raising their grandchildren throughout WNY.
Start time is 3 pm on Friday; we end at 3 pm on Sunday.
- If you do not drive or cannot get a ride, we can help with transportation (for some locations).
- We ask for a $15 donation at the time of the program.
To apply, you must complete
(1) an application form and
(2) a health form and
(3) have a referral either from an agency, counselor or faith-based organization.
Applications available to download. See link below that says “2016 app pkg” and in the “Application” section of this website.
Send your completed application to Women’s Respite Program, 1301 Ferry Ave, Niagara Falls, NY 14301.
We will notify you by mail after May 26 whether or not your application has been accepted.
Application deadline: May 26, 2016
For information: 716/893-0931
Retreat includes (modest) private room, all meals, and opportunities for rest, relaxation, discussions with other women, massage, reiki, art activities, prayer, yoga, quiet reflection, and walking the grounds. All activities are optional.
You qualify to attend the retreat if you
- have received a cancer diagnosis and are undergoing treatment or have recently completed treatment
- are physically able to move between rooms and down hallways to meeting places
If you have any questions or doubts about your capacity to attend this weekend, please consult your physician.
Note that single parents, women raising children and women with low incomes will be given priority.
Suggested cost is $15.00 donation. Some help with transportation may be available.
Application deadline: February 18, 2016
Women of all faiths or no faith are welcome.
It was wonderful to see so many of our friends at our annual spaghetti dinner fund raiser on Sat. Nov. 7 at Sacred Heart Academy in Buffalo. Women who have attended our programs came to eat and to volunteer. Donors who have contributed financially, and folks who just were looking for a delicious affordable dinner joined us. The spaghetti was great, the basket (over 50 of them!) raffle made winners happy and the good will and companionship of our guests help us to live the mission of the Respite Program: Coming together we build community. Here are some photos to enjoy:
To support our respite programs, we have watercolor cards available for a donation. The watercolors are from original paintings by S. Diane Gianadda, director of the Women’s Respite Programs. Each set (4″x5.5″) includes 6 different watercolors. A suggested donation is $10 per package or 3 for $25 postage is free. To order please make request via our e mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name and address and we will mail the cards to you. Checks may be made out to the Women’s Respite Program.
Thank you for your support.
Set A includes an assortment of florals (pictured below)
Set B includes an assortment of tulips (pictured below)
Set C includes paintings from the series “Saris at Niagara” (pictured below)
It’s a happy event with good food and a wonderful basket raffle. All the proceeds go to the Women’s Respite Program. Bring a friend or two. Or three.
$7 Seniors, children under 6 and veterans
You can buy tickets at the door. Opt to eat in or carry out! Price includes dessert & beverage. There’s plenty of free parking.
If you don’t want to eat, you can come just for the baskets. We welcome basket donations, too. Call the number below if you’d like to donate. Thanks.
Saturday, Nov 7, 2015
Sacred Heart Academy
3860 Main St (near Eggert Rd)
4:30 to 7:30 pm
For information, call 716/893-0931
The Women’s Respite Program for Single Mothers will take place from Thursday, July 30 through Saturday, August 1, 2015. We are accepting applications until July 15. To be considered for this one-time program, you must be a single woman, over the age of 25, raising your children on a low income.
You will have a relaxing time at the Center of Renewal near Lewiston, NY. Depending on your address, we may be able to help with transportation.
To be considered for the program, you must fill out an application form and a confidential health form, plus you need a referral form from a professional in a field such as social work, health care, or social services. The forms and a flyer are all available in the links above.
If you have questions, please call 716/893-0931.