Help­ing fam­i­lies ac­cess respite ser­vices in Huron County

The Goderich Signal-Star - - Opin­ion -

“We are look­ing for more respite fam­i­lies or just con­tract work­ers look­ing to of­fer respite. You never know from one mo­ment to the next what money will be avail­able for you. If we can show that hav­ing a per­son here is get­ting ef­fec­tive ser­vice, then we can build the case that there is a need for it.” Part of the grant also meant in­tro­duc­ing two new ‘Sibs Clubs’ and two new ‘Care Giver Morn­ings’ over the course of the two years. These are sup­port clubs for sib­lings or par­ents and care­givers to get con­nected with oth­ers in the com­mu­nity. Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thom­son at­tended the open house hosted at Com­mu­nity Liv­ing in Clin­ton last week. Thom­son stressed the im­por­tance of fund­ing pro­grams such as respite ser­vices ru­ral ar­eas. “We [PC Party] are com­mit­ted to mak­ing sure that we don’t have any waste­ful spend­ing of money so that it can get to pro­grams like this. I think this pro­gram is re­ally im­por­tant to fund be­cause we need to en­cour­age ac­tive liv­ing for both clients of Com­mu­nity-Liv­ing and their fam­i­lies,” said Thom­son.

“Respite is so im­por­tant. I thought there was no bet­ter in­vest­ment, then demon­strat­ing what we do in ru­ral On­tario. Ev­ery­body has an op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in com­mu­nity and they need to be given that chance.”

Those in­ter­ested in or in need of respite ser­vice can con­tact Com­mu­nity-Liv­ing Cen­tral Huron di­rectly and in­quire. Respite Net­work can also be a point of con­tact for those in need. Huron Respite Net­work pro­vides sup­port to over 100 fam­i­lies in Huron County. It’s a statis­tic you can be proud to be a part of. Ask us how you can be­come in­volved. HuronRe­spiteNet­work Huron Respite Net­work/Com­mu­nity Liv­ing: 519.524.7362

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