The Respite Program grants temporary relief to families and caretakers of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Respites are done in households that have been thoroughly inspected and meet all agency standards. Respite is often thought of as a mini vacation for the VIP receiving respite and a break for their family or caretaker to attend to personal needs, medical needs, work demands, or simply take a vacation of their own.  Respites are often waiver funded or can be done through private pay.

Respite and Lifesharing are two separate services – respite being short term and lifesharing targeted as being a long term residential option. Individuals or families interested in becoming a respite or lifesharing provider may apply for one or both services.


Respite Families & Individuals

Respite Providers differ with a variety of lifestyles. They range in diversity from a single person or parent to families and couples who live in a house or apartment.



A dedicated C.A.R.E.S. Coordinator is assigned to each VIP and Provider(s) as well as their family members to provide continuous support. C.A.R.E.S. also offers a 24/7 on call support line.


Locations and Contacts

Northeastern PA

Lifesharing Main Office

105 West Broad Street, Suite 200

Tamaqua, PA 18252

Phone: (570) 225-7360

Senior Lifesharing Coordinator - Crystal Fegley: cfegley@cares4u.org


Lifesharing Lehigh Valley

535 West Emaus Avenue

Allentown, PA 18103

Phone: (610) 797-2059

Senior Lifesharing Coordinator - Bruce Bendik: bbendik@cares4u.org

Central PA

Lifesharing Main Office

216 North McAllister Street

Bellefonte, PA 16823

Phone: (570) 225-5514

Regional Director - Monica Miller: mmiller@cares4u.org

Western PA

Lifesharing Main Office

225 Crowe Avenue

Mars, PA 16046

Phone: (724) 687-7880

Lifesharing and Administrative Services - Kelsea Perfilio: kperfilio@cares4u.org

Apply to be a provider today! Download an application here.