First and foremost, it is crucial that you know you are not alone. With several locations around the Lowcountry, we work tirelessly to bring memory fitness and smiles to the faces of people coping with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Our day program participants look forward to singing, painting and enjoying the simple pleasures of being with other people, while our support groups are a place for family and caregivers to share and learn in a safe and confidential setting. We urge you to reach out so we may begin the conversation and show you how we can assist you with one of life’s greatest challenges.


Areas of Focus


Social day programs that assist people with dementia.

Support Groups

If you are a caregiver for someone with dementia, you are not alone.


Provide families coping with dementia an affordable option for care.


Give the gift of time and talent and bring a smile to someone’s face.

Social Day Programs

Our social day programs enable people with dementia to remain independent, maintain optimum physical and mental health, stay socially connected, and pursue interests and hobbies, all of which help to improve their quality of life.

Our Participants Enjoy:

Socialization   |   Memory Fitness Games   |   Gentle Exercise
Outdoor Activities   |   Art   |   Music   |   Pet Therapy
Interaction with Children   |   Lunch & Snacks

No medical or nursing care is provided by Respite Care Charleston staff at the day program; however, limited assistance with some activities of daily living is provided. No medication administration is provided on site.

Support For You

If you are a caregiver for someone with dementia, you are not alone. We’re here to help! Our support groups are free and a safe place to share heartache, grief, frustrations, common experiences, and resources in a confidential setting.

Caregivers Receive:

A safe place to laugh & cry
Information & education about Alzheimer’s Disease & dementia
Social support & compassion
Problem solving strategies
Friendship & guidance
Community resources


Help us provide more. good. days.™

Whether you’re here to help a special loved one or here to help the cause as an anonymous donor, we’re very grateful you’re here. Your donation will truly make a huge difference in the lives of our clients and their families. We simply couldn’t do it without you!

A special thank you . . .

to the major donors who helped support our mission in 2016 and to all of the others who have supported us with volunteering, preparing and providing lunch, and special talents like art and music. We are forever grateful for all of the smiles you have brought to our families.

Where does your donation go?

Provides families coping with dementia an affordable option for care.
Helps cover operating expenses not supported by participants’ fees.
Provides scholarships to clients to help cover the cost of care.
All clients are served regardless of ability to pay.
Provides community education and outreach.

A helping hand

Volunteers are an integral part of our organization.

Whether you’re looking to be more involved with your community, meet new people, or just have a good heart and want to help out, giving the gift of your time and talent at Respite Care Charleston will undoubtedly bring a smile to someone’s face. We hope you’ll consider reaching out and joining our efforts.

Help during day programs

Lead a special activity
Prepare or serve a meal
Interact with participants
Play a game to promote memory fitness
And more . . . Share your talent!


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APRIL 9, 2018

We’re excited to announce that this year’s golf tournament will be held at Crooked Oaks on Seabrook Island on Monday, April 9th. We hope to see you on the course!


JULY 10, 2017

We had a great time at Respite Care Charleston’s Dogs with a Cause Night at The Joe. One of our participants, Emily Smalls, threw the first pitch, and a portion of ticket sales benefitted Respite Care.

OCTOBER 26, 2017

Thanks to everyone who came out to support our Art Gala and Silent Auction! Nearly $25,000 was raised to help RCC provide MORE. GOOD. DAYS. for families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Thanks to Kelly Franklin and Salt Washed Photography for these great pics!

View Event Photos on our Facebook Page

Our Team

“Teamwork is the secret that makes common people achieve uncommon results.”

Jennifer Hartig

Executive Director

A graduate of Meredith College and Auburn University, Jennifer spent eleven years in the retirement home industry before joining Respite Care Charleston in 2012. As Director, she is passionate about keeping participants active and helping Charleston become a dementia-friendly community. Jennifer graduated from Francis Marion University’s Non-Profit Leadership Institute in 2015 and serves on the boards of Racers for Pacers and Charleston HEART.

Ginger Deignan

Support Group Facilitator

Ginger Deignan has worked for more than 30 years in the field of Aging and Alzheimer’s. She began her career as Activities/Social Services Director in a nursing facility in Georgia. After moving to Charleston, Ginger continued working with the elderly as Outreach Coordinator for Older Adult Services at Catholic Charities, where she established the first group respite program in the Lowcountry/Charleston area in 1992. In January 2005, she began as Program Director for Respite Care Ministries and Program Coordinator for the East Cooper Program in Mount Pleasant. She currently facilitates the Mount Pleasant support group held twice monthly at All Saints Lutheran Church.

Christine Vinciguerra

Program Coordinator

Christine Vinciguerra attended Bishop England High School and later continued her education at the College of Charleston. As she watched her grandfather cope with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease, she decided to take a class on Gerontology. She began volunteering at RCC for one of her college classes and formed a passion for caring for people dealing with dementia. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2017.

Jaime Correia

Program Coordinator

A graduate of Arcadia University and Hofstra University, Jaime Correia is a Board Certified art therapist with over ten years’ experience with adolescent and adult psychiatry. She has worked with various populations throughout her career. Jaime is originally from New York but has spent the last five years in Charleston. She began volunteering with Respite Care five years ago, and fell in love with its mission and the participants.

Board of Directors

Shelly K. All


is a partner with the law offices of Dennis J. Christensen, P.A. and concentrates her practice in the areas of Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Probate. She is currently a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and serves on the Board of the South Carolina Chapter as Secretary.

Bernie Buonanno


is currently Vice President, Customer Solutions/Distribution for AARP Services, Inc. He has over 30 years of service industry experience in the areas of insurance, investments, healthcare and hi-tech communications.

Anita A. Combs


is an administrative specialist in Family Court with the South Carolina Judicial Department. She has a master’s degree in Gerontology and has spearheaded numerous community projects with local leaders.

Mary Beth Dacey

MAT, RCC Board Chair Emeritus

is an educational consultant and learning specialist for Life Management Center, as well as Vice President, Seabrook Island Green Space Conservancy.

Helen T. Bosshart


is a retired social worker and administrator for the Department of Veterans Affairs with over 20 years of experience on non-profit professional association boards.

John Kleckley, MD

is a geriatric medicine specialist in Mount Pleasant, SC, with over 15 years of experience in geriatric medicine. He is affiliated with many hospitals, including Bon Secours-St Francis Xavier Hospital, East Cooper Medical Center, Mount Pleasant Hospital, Roper Hospital, and Trident Medical Center, and consults with many other physician practices in the area.

Jenny McCulloch


currently serves as president of the Holy Spirit Evangelical Lutheran Church Council. She is a retired educator and library media specialist.

Barbara P. Measter


is a former attorney concentrating in Elder Law. She has served as a Disaster Reservist for FEMA since 2009.

Fatima Sakarya


works in the field of real estate law. She’s originally from upstate New York and was working in a large non-profit organization before moving to Charleston. She lost her late father, Dr. Ismet Sakarya, to dementia in 2012.

Peter B. Waddington

is a retired Union Pacific Railroad marketing and sales executive and caregiver.


Our locations are spread around the Lowcountry. Support is closer than you think.

Social Day Programs

James Island – Martin Luther Church
Friday   |   10am – 1:50pm
Johns Island – St. John’s Parish Church
Tuesday & Thursday   |   10am – 1:50pm
Mt. Pleasant – All Saints Lutheran Church
Monday & Wednesday   |   10am – 1:50pm
Mt. Pleasant – Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian
Thursday   |   10am – 1:50pm
North Charleston – N. Charleston United Methodist Church
Thursday   |   10am – 1:50pm
West Ashley – Holy Spirit Lutheran
Monday & Wednesday   |   10am – 1:50pm

Support Groups

James Island – Martin Luther Church
2nd Tuesday   |   6 – 7pm  
2nd & 4th Wednesday   |   10am – Noon
James Island – Bishop Gadsden
1st & 3rd Tuesday   |   10:15am – 11:15am
Mt. Pleasant – All Saints Lutheran
1st & 3rd Wednesday   |   10 – 11:30am

James Island
Martin Luther Evangelical Church
1605 Harbor View Rd, Charleston, SC 29412

James Island
Bishop Gadsden Retirement Community
1 Bishop Gadsden Way, Charleston, SC 29412

Johns Island
St. Johns Parish Church
3673 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455

Mt. Pleasant
All Saints Lutheran Church
2107 US 17, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466

Mt. Pleasant
Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church
302 Hibben St, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

N. Charleston
N. Charleston United Methodist Church
1125 E. Montague Ave, N. Chas., SC 29405

West Ashley
Holy Spirit Evangelical Lutheran Church
3075 Bees Ferry Rd, Charleston, SC 29414

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