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 (such as toileting) 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
Help with annual event fund-raiser
Prepare or serve a meal
Interact with participants
Play a game to promote memory fitness
And more . . . Share your talent!


13th Annual Golf Tournament

Monday, April 3, 2017

This year’s tournament promises to be a great day for everyone participating, but most importantly it will provide additional funding for those coping with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Your involvement either as a player, hole sponsor or by making a donation will have a huge and direct impact on their lives. We cannot thank you enough for your participation and we hope to see you on the course!

Tournament Details

Benefiting: Respite Care Charleston
Date: Monday, April 3, 2017
Course: Crooked Oaks Golf Course   |   Seabrook Island Club
Final Team Deadline: Thursday, March 16th
Format: 4 Man Captain’s Choice (scramble)
Time: 1PM Shotgun Start (rain or shine)
Check-in: begins at 11AM
Includes: 18-hole tourney, on-course refreshments, 2017 commemorative item & post tourney dinner & awards reception.

7th Annual Moments on Canvas
Art Gala & Silent Auction

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Please save the date for our seventh annual Moments on Canvas Art Gala & Silent Auction. This event is a tribute to the creative spirit that survives in spite of the many losses experienced with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. The artwork will be created throughout the year by the participants who attend Respite Care Charleston’s social day programs. Your support through participation in this event helps RCC achieve its mission of providing social day programs to individuals with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, as well as caregiver support groups for their families who love and care for them.

Our Team

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

Jennifer Hartig

Interim 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.

Pam Gilligan

Program Coordinator

A Washington State native and long-distance caregiver for her parents, Pam has traveled the world with her family and now calls Georgetown home. Pam brings creative passion and patience in facilitating her respite programs for people with dementia. Her educational background in Gerontology studies and her Storytelling project with the TimeSlips program serve the senior community with knowledge and skill.

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, SC. She currently facilitates the Mount Pleasant support group held twice monthly at All Saints Lutheran Church.

Mackenzie Nutt

Program Coordinator

Raised in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, Mackenzie attended Wando High School and then went on to study at the College of Charleston. While studying Sociology and living with her aging grandparents, she found an interest in Gerontology. Mackenzie started volunteering with Respite Care Charleston through one of her classes at the college, which led to her love for the organization. She graduated in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology.

Board of Directors

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.

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.

Barbara P. Measter


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

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.

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.

Tina Doscher


has over 30 years’ experience as a banker and Credit Union employee. Retired, she currently serves on the Board of Directors for Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union and Joint Base Advisory Council for the Air Force.

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.

G. Chris Osborne, Jr.

BS, Portfolio Manager and Member, Family Asset Management

has extensive experience in the equity markets as both a trader and a portfolio manager. Most recently, he was the senior trader and a portfolio manager for Solaris Capital, a long short equity hedge fund.

Willis E. Shanks, Major, USAF Retired

Bachelor’s in Architecture and MS in Community and Regional Planning

serves as a member of the Franke Seaside Advisory Board.

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
Tuesday & Thursday   |   10am – 1:50pm
Mt. Pleasant
Monday & Wednesday   |   10am – 1:50pm
North Charleston
Thursday   |   10am – 1:50pm
West Ashley
Tuesday   |   10am – 1:50pm

Support Groups

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

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, Mount Pleasant, SC 29466

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

West Ashley
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
714 Riverdale Dr, Charleston, SC 29407

Respite Care Charleston   |   1605 Harbor View Rd, Charleston, SC 29412

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