Brazoria County Gathering Place Interfaith Ministries, Inc.
Since December, 2007, Gathering Place Interfaith Ministries, a volunteer, 501c3 non-profit organization, has worked to provide respite to caregivers of people with dementia and educate the public about neurological diseases that affect memory. Starting with nine volunteers, we now have more than 150 volunteers working in our respite ministries.
Partnering with eleven congregations in Lake Jackson, Alvin, Angleton, and Clute, we provide 38 hours of free respite to caregivers each month while our experienced volunteers care for their family members. At our 4-hour socials, our participants with memory impairments enjoy games, reminiscing activities, arts and crafts, physical exercise, bingo, and a hot lunch. We also sponsor two support groups. The Angleton group is targeted at Younger Onset Alzheimer’s caregivers. The Alvin group is for all ages, including day care and a light lunch.
Our education programs include the Brazoria County Alzheimer’s Awareness Project and Brain Camp, classes we teach at Brazosport College and in the community to maximize brain health.
Our partner for the BCAAP is the Brazoria County Health Department. For the past six years, our unique Alzheimer’s Awareness Project has held the largest community-based memory screening project in the United States. We collaborate with Brazoria County libraries, churches, area senior centers, and independent senior communities to offer screenings with the help of 35 healthcare providers, civic organizations, and retiree groups who provided volunteers. BCAAP sponsors regional Caregiver Conferences each year.