Respite Care Charleston is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support to caregivers and those living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Our priority is to bring MORE. GOOD. DAYS.™ to families dealing with one of life’s greatest challenges.

With several locations around the Lowcountry, RCC’s social day programs provide caregivers a break while bringing smiles to the faces of those they love. While we provide activities like singing, painting, memory fitness and light exercise – all designed specifically for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia – the greatest benefit of our day program participants is simple pleasures of being with others.

For families and caregivers, RCC’s support groups are a safe place to learn tips and tricks on dealing with the unique challenges that arise along the journey with Alzheimer’s and dementia and to share laughter, tears and friendship in a confidential setting.

You are not alone. Respite Care Charleston can help.


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! Offered in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, our support groups are a free resource to learn from other caregivers 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 honor a loved one, to help those on a journey you’ve traveled or to support our work as an anonymous donor, we’re grateful for your support!

For information on planned giving, stock transfers, meal donations, or other ways to support Respite Care Charleston, please contact Sara Perry at 843.647.7405 or info@respitecarecharleston.org.

How Donations Help

 Community education & outreach
Affordable care for families coping with dementia
Caregiver resources and support group facilitators
Operating expenses not covered by fees
Scholarships for those unable to pay for day programs

Funding Partners

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America | Aflac | C&S Wholesale Grocers
Exchange Club of Charleston | Food Lion Feeds | Jean Griswold Foundation
The Joanna Foundation | Ladies Benevolence Society
Town of Kiawah | Kiawah Seabrook Exchange Club
SC Medical Society – Roper St. Francis Physician’s Endowment
Rotary Club of Charleston (Breakfast) | Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant

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!


Thursday, October 3rd

Cooper River Room at Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park

Click here for more information and to register online.

Generously sponsored by:
Franke at Seaside
Ashley Gardens

BG Connections Home Care | Christensen & All
Keller Williams Charleston West Ashley | Mt. Pleasant Gardens

Our Team

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

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.

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. Originally a Respite Care Charleston volunteer of more than five years, Jaime fell in love with RCC’s mission and participants and joined our team in 2017.

Jesse Waters

Program Coordinator

Jesse’s passion for caring for those with dementia came from her experience with the grandparents who helped raise her. A former Respite Care volunteer, Jesse previously served as activities coordinator at Mt. Pleasant Gardens’ memory care facility. After completing her undergraduate degree in Sociology at the College of Charleston, Jesse plans to pursue a Master’s in Social Work, with an emphasis on gerontological care.

Ginger Deignan

Support Group Facilitator

Ginger Deignan has worked for more than 30 years in the field of Aging and Alzheimer’s, starting as Activities/Social Services Director in a nursing facility in Georgia. As Outreach Coordinator for Older Adult Services at Catholic Charities in Charleston, Ginger established the first group respite program in the Lowcountry/Charleston area in 1992. She’s worked with Respite Care Charleston since 2005 and currently facilitates our Mount Pleasant support group.


Program Greeter

Rusty was born and raised in Charleston where he lives with his mom, Christine, and his three furry brothers. He often visits program sites where he’s the first friendly face to greet participants and their families. In his free time, he enjoys learning new tricks, swimming, and walking on the beach.

Board of Directors

Shelly K. All, JD


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.

Bernie Buonanno


is Vice President, Customer Solutions/Distribution for AARP Services, Inc. with over 30 years experience in insurance, investments, healthcare and hi-tech communications.

Quentin Jackson


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

Fatima Sakarya, JD


works in the field of real estate law. She lost her father to dementia in 2012.

Dana Holtvoigt, M.Ed.

is Volunteer Coordinator for Agape Hospice and has extensive leadership experience in the Lowcountry senior care industry.

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 several hospitals and consults with many other physician practices in the area.

Jenny McCulloch, MLIS

is a retired educator and library media specialist and current president of the Holy Spirit Evangelical Lutheran Church Council.

Gerald Rittenberg, MD

is a retired radiologist and former caregiver.

Cynthia Smalls

is a Clinical System Administrator for Select Health of South Carolina.

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 & 4th Tuesday   |   6pm – 7:30pm  
2nd & 4th Wednesday   |   10am – Noon
1st & 3rd Friday * | 10am – 11:30am

Mt. Pleasant – All Saints Lutheran
1st & 3rd Wednesday *   |   10am – 11:30am

Support groups offered in partnership
with the Alzheimer’s Association

* Coincides with respite program

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

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

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

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

— A 501(c)(3) non-profit and non-denominational organization —