Education and Training

Give Me a Break - Drop In Respite Program is up and running in Greece, NY (Monroe County)

Opening Day | June 15th |10:00 - 2:00 | Open to anyone with early stage memory loss | For information contact Jen Lessard at


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Companion Trainings for REST Volunteer respite providers

More Trainings Coming Soon!


Train the Trainer for REST Trainers to deliver Companion Trainings

Respite Education and Support Tools

In total, 120 REST trainers are now poised to offer REST companion courses in their communities. These people come to the training from a cross section of county agencies, faith based communities, colleges & universities and other human services organizations. With already full plates, they attended the 2-day training, and across the board felt that their time was well spent. They overwhelmingly responded strongly to the potential value REST training will have in their communities as they work toward supporting caregivers.

Sharon Cackett and Doris Green became the first Regional Trainers in the Nation in June 2018! NYSCRC has the ability to partner with REST to provide Master Trainings throughout the Northeastern US.  Sharon and Doris were trained by REST and then provided Master Training to 5 new Master Trainers from Florida and Minnesota on June 20-21.

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The Coalition was awarded the REST Vision Award for training the most REST Trainers nationwide in 2017

New York now has 6 Master Trainers! A national record.

The continued success of REST in New York depends on providing ongoing support to those trainers by identifying programs, faith based communities, college groups and service organizations who are willing to learn the REST model and begin respite programs for the people, across the lifespan, who need support.

Many thanks to NYSOFA, AANYS, Live On and the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center for their support.

Any organization, person or faith community in the state can access Train-the-Trainer programs as a way to provide evidenced informed training for volunteer respite programs. 

If your organization would like to provide REST Companion Trainings for YOUR volunteer program, the Coalition can connect you with a REST Trainer in your area.

REST Facts at a Glance

Read more about REST

Organizations interested in hosting a Train the Trainer or Master Training Opportunity in your area, contact Doris Green