November 25 2008 - TMF Announces Additional Respite Care Program

For Immediate Release

November 25, 2008

John Moore
Media Relations
(903) 531-4542
moorej@tmfhs.org

TRINITY MOTHER FRANCES ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL RESPITE CARE PROGRAM

TYLER, TX -- Officials with Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics announced that an additional Respite Care Program would begin November 29 at the First Baptist Church in Mineola. The Respite Care Program provides an organized day program for special needs children and some free time for their parents or guardians.

"Since 2001, Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics has partnered with the Special Needs Clinic Program in Tyler to offer The Respite Care Program," said Shirley Gordon, director, TMF Respite Care Program. "We are very excited that the program has been awarded grant money to expand our current services into Wood and an additional 11 northern counties."

Due to the success of the current program, Stephanie Hacker, Respite Care Program Coordinator, was offered the opportunity to develop a proposal targeted at serving children and families in an expanded geographical area.

"As a result, beginning November 29, every fourth Saturday of the month from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., we will provide monthly respite care for five to 10 children, with a goal of 20 participants, at the First Baptist Church in Mineola. Any child with special health care needs residing in our service area can apply for participation in the Respite Program and does not need to be a patient of TMF to qualify," said Mrs. Gordon.

The original Respite Care Program is funded by a grant from Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN), and sponsored through Trinity Mother Frances. It provides for center-based respite care for 25 children the third Saturday of each month and staffing includes TMF personnel and members of TMF Volunteer Services. Additional in-home respite care hours are also available to individual children through the program.

For additional information or an application packet, please contact: Stephanie Hacker, Respite Care Coordinator @903-595-3942 extension 255. For more information on additional services available through Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, visit www.tmfhs.org.

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