Lifespan Respite
Technical Assistance Center

Volunteer and Faith-Based Respite Learning Collaborative

The ARCH Volunteer and Faith-based Respite Learning Collaborative (LC) was launched in October 2021. The purpose of the LC is to serve as a community of practice for the respite network in informal respite opportunities for family caregivers caring for someone of any age or condition.

Participants in the LC who have been engaged in supporting or providing volunteer or faith-based respite through their Lifespan Respite grants or state respite coalitions, or from the broader respite network, are invited to share their experiences, collective wisdom, challenges and successes with others who wish to develop or enhance such respite options in their states or communities. The Learning Collaborative provides a forum for peer learning and networking as well as opportunities to learn more about ARCH resources on volunteer and faith-based respite, and model volunteer and faith-based respite services from around the country. Outside experts in the field on a variety of topics identified by the group will also be invited to participate and contribute to the knowledge base of the LC.

Please contact Jill Kagan if you would like to join the Volunteer and Faith-based Learning Collaborative. The LC meets 4 times a year.

ARCH Volunteer and Faith-based Respite Resources

State Tools


August 11, 2022

Caregiver Action Network staff presented an overview of the federally-funded Community Care Corps initiative, and shared recent outcomes from funded projects across the country.

  • Nichole Goble, Director of Community Initiatives, Caregiver Action Network
  • Derrick Goddard, Community Care Corps Director, Caregiver Action Network
PPT Slides

May 12, 2022

Members of the Collaborative shared best practices:

Elaine Whitford, Executive Director, The Center for Volunteer Caregiving, Cary, NC provided background and progress on NC Lifespan Respite Project’s Volunteer Respite Consortium.

Kathy Mayfield Smith, Board President and Co-Founder, South Carolina Respite Coalition, Columbia, SC presented an overview of their long history in engaging the faith community for respite, with tips about how to approach and involve faith community leaders and members. She will also be sharing an update on the Coalition’s initiative to establish Break Rooms in faith-communities through their Lifespan Respite grant.  Break Room How To Guide

PPT Slides


February 10, 2022

PPT Slides, New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition Respite Revival, and the Respite Ministry and Respite Foundation for All, Montgomery, AL


October 12, 2021 - Launch of the Learning Collaborative

PPT Slides with Agenda


Lifespan Respite

Technical Assistance and Resource Center

ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center

(703) 256-2084 |

This project is supported, in part by grant number 90LT0001, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.


The ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center is a program of Families and Communities Rising |4220 NC Hwy 55, Suite 330, Durham, NC 27713 |



Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software