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Capital Area Interfaith Respite

Res-pite (res' pit) n. 1. an interval of relief and rest  2. a temporary suspension or reprieve (Random House Dictionary)

Celebrating our Twenty Fifth Year of Temporary Relief for Caregivers!

CAIR Volunteer at workThe mission of the CAIR program is "Neighbors helping Neighbors".  The program is designed to keep area senior and disabled neighbors safe and independent in their own homes as long as possible.

There are twice as many families needing respite and companionship as there are volunteers to serve.  Your help will always be needed and appreciated!

CAIR is a program of RSVP of Lansing.  If you are in need of a volunteer or are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact the CAIR program at 517-887-6116 or by E-mail (Click Here).

Trained Volunteers do the following:

  • Give welcome relief to family caregivers FREE OF CHARGE
  • Become companions and friends to local caregivers and homebound seniors
  • Enable caregivers to take a break from daily pressures and responsibilities
  • Visit the home two to four hours per week
  • Help by providing friendly companionship which may include activities such as reading, letter writing, listening, playing games

CAIR is funded by:

  • Delta Presbyterian Church
  • Jackson Nationa Life Community Fund
  • Ingham County Fund
  • Savage Foundation
  • Tri County Office on Aging
Jackson National Life Supports Seniors

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Danielle Weller, Corporate Responsibility Specialist from Jackson National Life Insurance Company presents a check to Brenda Gostnell, Program Specialist for Capital Area Interfaith Respite and Executive Director Janet Clark for support of the respite program.

CAIR Services

Respite Program

CAIR Volunteers provide:

  • Weekly Break for full time family caregiver.  Many caregivers use this time to run essential errands or for a relaxing activity
  • Companionship for a chronically ill, homebound elder or disabled adult
  • Socialization, stimulation, support


Friendly Visiting Program

CAIR Volunteers provide:

  • Assistance to homebound, chronically ill seniors who live alone.  Activities can include things such as grocery shopping, helping around the house, etc.
  • Companionship
  • Socialization, stimulation, support 
CAIR Volunteers

Can I be a Volunteer?

  • Any adult, of any age, male or female, can be a volunteer
  • No experience is necessary, but a training session is required
  • Couples can enjoy sharing a volunteer experience
  • Many volunteers are students, retirees, or employed full-time
  • Volunteers work with families to select the time they wish to visit
  • Volunteers are needed in all phases of the CAIR program, including clerical, client assessment, and coordination of area sites 

Do I need any Special Skills?

  • All volunteers attend a training session which offers information on:
  • Physical, mental and social conditions experienced by those needing constant care
  • Communication and listening
  • Volunteer ethics
  • Understanding caregiver concerns
  • Available community resources
The CAIR program hosts seminars where experts provide valuable information concerning older adults.  For more information, contact CAIR at 517-887-6116 or by E-mail (Click Here).