The Gathering Place -                  Interfaith Ministries

Serving Caregivers and Their Families
Thank you for your interest in
The Gathering Places, Gathering Points, and  Reunions in Brazoria County!
We are an interfaith group of volunteers working  in ten Brazoria County congregations  and partnering with the City of West Columbia to offer respite to caregivers.
Our "Gatherings" provide safe and caring places where  you may bring your loved one with Alzheimer's or other memory disorder  for a 3 to 4-hour social that includes games, crafts,   exercise, reminiscing activities, a devotional,  music, a great lunch,and bingo.
 Gathering Places meet from 10 am to 2 pm. 
 Gathering Points meet from noon to 4 pm.
Reunions meet from 1 to 4 pm. 
  All Gathering activities are designed to reduce confusion and agitation and enhance the self-esteem of the memory-impaired participant. 
Caregivers may stay to enjoy the fun or they may take that
 time to do personal errands, see a movieor just stay home and relax. 
Our Gathering Place interfaith volunteers are exceptionally
 loving and caring people, many of whom are former caregivers.
Most of our original volunteers now have hundreds of hours of
 experience working with people who have dementia.  
All of our services are free, but an  assessment is necessary
 to assure that we can meet the needs of your loved one,
 and we require a letter from a doctor diagnosing the memory disorder.

The Gathering Place is funded primarily by a
 Community Block Development grant from Brazoria County. 
Our Alzheimer's reference materials--CDs, DVDs, and books--that are available for loan  and many of our training materials and durable equipment  have been purchased with  generous grants from the
 Dow Chemical Company Foundation in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011,and 2012.
Educational materials have been provided by grants in
 2008, 2010, and 2012 from Women Building Community.
We have  received  generous Community Foundation Lowrey Grants
in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Our Volunteer Orientation training manuals and  "Diagnosis: Dementia: A
Caregiver's Guide for Southern Brazoria County" have been funded by a United Way grant.

Without this generosity, we would not be able to
 offer caregivers in our community respite and support
 and the quality programming we provide for our participants.
 We are deeply grateful.

Gathering Place Interfaith Ministries is an outreach
 of the Alzheimer's Ministry of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Angleton,Texas under the direction of Father Maurice Restivo.


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