“YOU ARE NOT ALONE.”

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.

FOUNDED IN 1996, WE ARE A 501(c)(3) NON-PROFIT AND NON-DENOMINATIONAL ORGANIZATION. PARTICIPANTS ARE WELCOME REGARDLESS OF ABILITY TO PAY.

Areas of Focus

Participation

Social day programs that assist people with dementia.

Support Groups

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

Donations

Provide families coping with dementia an affordable option for care.

Volunteers

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


Donate

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!




Events



OCTOBER 25, 2018

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Our Team

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


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Sara Perry

Executive Director

A graduate of Winthrop University (Marketing Communications) and the College of Charleston (Master of Public Administration), Sara has more than 18 years of experience in the non-profit/public sector. In 2016, she was named one of one of the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40”. Sara’s passion for supporting those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia began with experiences with two grandparents and is fueled by the amazing RCC community! A proud mother of two active teenagers, Sara mentors several older youth in foster care and is an avid sailor.

Jennifer Hartig

Program Coordinator

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.

Laurie Snedeker

Program Coordinator

Laurie Snedeker is a graduate of Converse College with a degree in Sociology and a graduate of The Medical University of South Carolina with a degree in Occupational Therapy. She is a certified licensed Occupational Therapist who has over 25 years of experience with the long term care population assisting individuals with their ability to perform, relearn, and adapt tasks in their daily living environments. Both of Laurie’s grandmothers had dementia and moved into her childhood home to be cared for by the family. Caring for the elderly has always been a part of Laurie’s life.

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.

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.



Board of Directors


Shelly K. All, JD

BOARD CO-CHAIR

is a partner with the law offices of Christensen and All, 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

BOARD CO-CHAIR & TREASURER

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.

Helen T. Bosshart, MSSW

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.

Dana Holtvoigt, M.Ed.

is Director of Marketing and Public Outreach for McAlister-Smith Funeral Home.

Quentin Jackson

is the former President and CEO of Nuclear Electric Insurance Ltd.

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, MLIS

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

Fatima Sakarya, JD

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.

Mary Beth Dacey, MAT

Board Chair Emeritus

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




Locations

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
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James Island
Bishop Gadsden Retirement Community
1 Bishop Gadsden Way, Charleston, SC 29412
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Johns Island
St. Johns Parish Church
3673 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455
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Mt. Pleasant
All Saints Lutheran Church
2107 US 17, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
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Mt. Pleasant
Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church
302 Hibben St, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
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N. Charleston
N. Charleston United Methodist Church
1125 E. Montague Ave, N. Chas., SC 29405
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West Ashley
Holy Spirit Evangelical Lutheran Church
3075 Bees Ferry Rd, Charleston, SC 29414
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