Faith Matters: Respite Care Ministry

The diagnosis of dementia can be devastating. Many caregivers need help to cope and find resources for memory-loss patients. Faith groups in our area are stepping up to the challenge.

The Respite Care Ministry meets four days a week at First United Methodist Church in Montgomery from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. Volunteers play games, bingo and socialize with program participants. About 165 people have benefited from the Respite Ministry since it began three years ago.

Not only does it help people who participate, it helps their families, many of which may become overwhelmed from the responsibilities and demands of constant caregiving.

Although it began at FUMC in Montgomery, it’s become an inter-faith mission.

“We want to include everyone. So we have volunteers from eight different churches and both synagogues,” said Daphne Johnston, who coordinates the ministry.

If you want to get involved, you can contact Daphne Johnston at the church at (334) 834-8990.

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