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Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network® (Alabama Respite) is a program of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Huntsville and Tennessee Valley.

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Who is Alabama Respite? Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network® (Alabama Respite) is a statewide program of United Cerebral Palsy of Huntsville and Tennessee Valley, Inc. (UCP) whose mission is “to increase access to and availability of high quality respite resources for all caregivers in Alabama.”

What is respite? Respite is temporary relief for family caregivers who are caring for individuals of any age who have disabilities, chronic or terminal illnesses.

What are our services?

Respite resource information and referrals for caregivers

Education, training and public awareness

State, local and federal advocacy

Technical assistance in starting new programs including volunteer training

Sharing the Care (STC) Community Initiatives

• Voucher Respite Services

www.alabamarespite.org - Alabama Respite’s website offers information for caregivers and service providers wishing to learn more about our activities and programs. The website hosts an interactive database of agencies that provide respite services specific to Alabama’s counties.

866-RESTALA (866-737-8252) is Alabama Respite's toll free number for easy access for caregivers and providers seeking additional information. The staff is available to provide information and education through presentations to conferences, groups, organizations, churches and agencies that serve family caregivers. Staff is also available to volunteer train respite providers. Alabama Respite staff may be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Our History

Alabama Respite began in 2000, working with a task force of around 45 volunteers from state agencies, non- and for-profit organizations that serve people with disabilities and consumers. The task force developed an initial Strategic Plan to identify the respite needs of caregivers in Alabama and the gaps and barriers they face accessing services.


Java Bennett, Director of Respite Services
Linda Lamberth, Program Manager
Melissa Terry, Sharing the Care Facilitator

Brandi Mason, Statewide Training Coordinator

Kim Houser, Caregiver Resource Coordinator