We ended 2016 with weekend respites in October and November with 34 total participants.
“Studies reveal that people who act as caregivers for family members are at a higher risk for stress-related health conditions such as depression and chronic disease.” says ED Beth Dow.
“Respite care should not be considered a luxury, but should instead be an important component of a care giving program. Regularly scheduled respites are recommended so that you aren’t waiting until you are on the verge of burnout to get help. It benefits not only the caregiver but also the person being cared for.”
Campers are still being accepted for the weekend respites being planned for the weekend of March 17 for possibly two weekends in April.
CFT also hosted a food giveaway at camp in conjunction with Hidden Harvest and the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. The event was such a huge success, with over 180 families receiving food, that another food distribution has been set for February 23rd.
CFT’s first annual Fish Races has been scheduled for Friday, March 10. This fundraiser is very unique to our region and expected to be a lot of fun.
Last but certainly not least, CFT is working to hire quality staff for summer camp.