Pillars find purpose

The Respite Program at Montgomery 1st United Methodist Church started in 2012 with two participants. Today the project has support from eight different churches and two synagogues. ~umcom video image

June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Respite programs share God’s grace

An estimated 47 million people in the world struggle with some form of dementia. Those who have the disease are often seen as helpless, but not in the eyes of Montgomery First United Methodist Church in Alabama.

The church’s respite ministry offers engaging activities, social opportunities, and care for those suffering memory loss from dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or stroke.

Daphne Johnston, Respite Ministry coordinator says: “These are the people that have built your church. They’re the pillars of your community. They have given their time, talent and treasure. And now when they need you the most, what has your church got for them as a ministry?”

 

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