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Spaghetti Dinner & Basket Raffle to be held on Nov 19th

October 19, 2016

spagflyer2016wordpressBring your family and friends to our annual fundraiser. The dinner is homemade and there are soooo many great baskets to raffle. ALL the proceeds go the Women’s Respite Program.

Note the new venue this year: the Donovan Center of St. Andrew’s Church in Kenmore. Church is 1525 Sheridan Dr. (at the corner of Elmwood Ave). The Donovan Center is behind the church on Lowell Rd. There’s plenty of parking.

You can buy tickets at the door. We look forward to seeing you there!

October 4th Support Group for Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren

August 23, 2016

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Church of the Good Shepard

96 Jewett Parkway (between Parkside and Main Street in Buffalo)

10:00 am

If you have attended a Women’s Respite Program, and are a grandmother raising your grandchildren, we’d love to see you on October 4th. Come have a cup of tea and spend some time with other grandmothers. We’ll stay until 11:30.

Please call us and let us know you’re coming: 716-893-0931

If you have any questions, call 716-893-0931.

2016 Summer Respite for Moms

June 16, 2016

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


Respite for Grandmothers Raising Their Grandchildren

April 15, 2016

June 10 to June 12, 20162016 grandmothers

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

2016 app pkg  


Now Accepting Applications for the Respite for Women with Cancer, March 4 to 6, 2016

January 26, 2016

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.

For information and application, please chemo weekend 2016call Teresa Maciocha, Women’s Respite Program, 716 893 0931.

THANK YOU to all our friends who supported our Spaghetti Dinner!

November 16, 2015

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:



Watercolor Cards

November 11, 2015

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: 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)

Floral Assortment

Set B includes an assortment of tulips (pictured below)

Tulip Assortment

Set C includes paintings from the series “Saris at Niagara” (pictured below)

Saris at Niagara