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Caring Communities – MARYLAND
Caring Communities is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Eldersburg, Maryland, which began in February of 1997 when a group of parents of children who had disabilities met to address the need for comprehensive respite care services and the lack of trained respite care providers in Maryland.
Based on their personal experiences and frustrations, the group resolved to establish a statewide resource dedicated to promoting the ability of families who have children with disabilities to have a “break”, or respite, from the day-to-day responsibilities of raising such a child.
Caring Communities provides Disability-related training, education, publications, and events for the benefit of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, and healthcare and education professionals. Caring Communities has now grown into a well-known and widely respected service organization offering disability-related activities and events for thousands within the entire disabilities community in MD, DC and Virginia.
Our events and services include:
- The World of Possibilities Expos in Maryland and Virginia, two of the largest disabilities expos in the Region,
- The Caring Kit
- The Caring Network and local respite care trainings.
Our publications include the World of Possibilities Lifestyle Disabilities Magazines (published twice a year/Baltimore-Washington edition) and the About Our Family respite care workbook. Since Caring Communities was initiated in 1998, over 400 respite care providers have been trained Statewide. They were then matched with families within the Caring Network who needed respite care services. Due to budget shortfalls and limited funding opportunities the Caring Network and respite trainings have become limited in scope.