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We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul. 

Hebrews 6:19

Anchor Community Respite Ministry is a new ministry that launches on Tuesday, October 1. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Anchor will provide fellowship and stimulation for people who have memory loss due to Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, or stroke.

Participants have the opportunity to socialize with others while enjoying a variety of stimulating activities:

  • Daily devotional
  • Music 
  • Exercise
  • Visual arts and crafts
  • Service projects
  • Storytelling and other verbal games

Participants and volunteers will also be served lunch. 

The program gives caregivers a break each week to run errands, visit with friends, and rest. Caregivers can participate in a monthly support group to share ideas and concerns with other caregivers, as well as learn more from memory loss professionals. Caregivers are invited to call and schedule a tour of the Respite Care Center prior to enrollment.

“We want this program to be an anchor for caregivers and their loved ones everywhere, offering hope, support and stability,”

Maggie Dunaway, Congregational Care Director

How to Enroll

To qualify, participants must be able to:

  • Walk without assistance or with the assistance of a cane, walker or rollator
  • Attend to restroom needs unassisted
  • Participate in social activities
  • Feed themselves

We require a completed medical examination from the participant’s physician and a list of current medications. Call (205.529.6353) or email Gina McIntyre to obtain an enrollment application.

How to Volunteer

You don’t need any special skills to volunteer at Anchor, just a willingness to love and be a friend! Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Set-up and/or clean-up
  • Serve as a companion to participants
  • Prepare, serve and clean-up lunch
  • Perform (i.e. music, drama, dance, storytelling)
  • Lead an easy art or craft class
  • Organize and maintain activity supplies
  • Assist with administrative duties

If you would like to learn more about Anchor Community Respite Ministry at Asbury United Methodist Church, please contact Program Director Gina McIntyre at 205.529.6353 or Congregational Care Director Maggie Dunaway at 205.515.1029.