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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

Annual Spaghetti Dinner & Basket Raffle set for November 7 at Sacred Heart Academy

September 16, 2015

kid-spaghettiMark your calendar for Saturday, November 7, 2015, for the annual Spaghetti Dinner & Basket Raffle. This year the site will be Sacred Heart Academy in Eggertsville. See details 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.

$8 Adults

$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

Summer Respite for Single Mothers Set to Start July 30

June 19, 2015

2015 summer flyer              2015 summer app pkg

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.

Weekend for Grandmothers Raising their Grandchildren Coming Up June 5 to 7

April 18, 2015

If you are a grandmother who is raising her grandchildren and you consider yourself to have a low income, you are welcome to apply for the next weekend Respite Program taking place at the Center of Renewal on the campus of Stella Niagara, near Lewiston, NY.

The application deadline is May 21, 2015. Your application must include the 2-page form that you fill out along with a confidential health form. You must get a referral from a professional in social work, human services, or hgrands2015ealthcare or a member of the clergy. After May 21, we will mail a letter to all applicants informing them whether or not they’ve been accepted. Those who are accepted are asked to make a $15 donation to the program.

The attachments below are a flyer with details about the weekend and a file (2015app pkg) that has all the necessary forms.

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


2015app pkg


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