RESPITE MINISTRY IN ALABAMA
Daphne Johnston will be presenting on the journey of the Respite Ministry at the First United Methodist Church in Montgomery Alabama
Daphne Johnston has been involved in senior administration for 15 years and currently leads the Respite Ministry in Montgomery, Alabama. The Respite Ministry serves over 200 people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia and includes 120 dementia trained volunteers from eight different churches and two synagogues. Ms. Johnston's volunteer model of care has drawn the attention of the University of Alabama's School of Medicine as they work to partner with other volunteer programs around the southeast United States. Ms. Johnston is an advocate for those living with memory loss and has made it her personal mission to help families, clergy and professionals better understand that trained volunteers can be the heart of community Alzheimer's programs. Ms. Johnston holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Lagrange College and received her MA in Gerontology and Public Administration from the University of West Georgia.
This ministry a shining example of how one congregation has found the beauty, value, the meaning and purpose of an adult respite ministry.
Just one person with passion and vision can make all the difference for people of all level of abilities and their caregivers, while at the same time transforming a faith community.
The ministry charges $30 a day to support the program.
Daphne says, "not everyone can pay, but there are plenty that can - and they pay for those who can't!"
The ministry has received several donations of more than $25,000 each. "Not everyone can volunteer but there are still many who want to help in anyway they can."
"You are just not in the cool crowd, if you are not doing respite."
The Neurology Department at UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham) is establishing a formal partnership with the respite ministry and has referred more than 30 clients because there has been a significant increase in scores on the mini mental exam of patients who attend the program.
featuring Daphne Johnston
Are YOU or someone you know the special person that could take it in your community?
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Finger Lakes Region Announcement
In partnership with Ithaca College and the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center this first session will be held on October 6th and 7th in the Finger Lakes Region.
5102 Parrish Street Ext.
Canandaigua, NY 14424
This training and materials will be provided for organization and faith communities for the following counties:
Allegany, Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates
Value: $595 per Trainer -
Registration fee $25 per person
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Application Deadline - September 26th
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