House of Friends

Thursdays, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM  ~ 

The House of Friends (HOF) is an adult care and community outreach ministry of Bethany United Methodist Church. This program is offered free of charge to individuals with dementia who are being cared for at home by family members. It is a weekly program designed to give the family caregiver a four-hour respite. Participants interact socially with others in a highly structured but caring mode. The goal is to support the family so that institutionalization can be postponed.


Criteria for program participation:
The person with dementia must be 1)ambulatory with minimal assistance (walker or cane), 2) able to communicate, and 3) continent.

Meets Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Activities include social time, active group and quiet games, arts and crafts, singing, worship, pet therapy, exercise, entertainment, small group sharing, and lunch.

Volunteer requirements:
Sensitivity to those with dementia, completion of application and background check, completion of training, commitment to serve at least one Thursday each month.

Volunteer opportunities:

  • Companion (interacts regularly with participants)
  • Program Leadership (Assistant Director, Training Coordinator, Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator, Grant Writer, Librarian)
  • Service Volunteer (food preparation, data entry, Administrative Assistant)
  • Specialty Volunteer (music, art, plant, hospitality, etc.)

The House of Friends is provided at no charge to all participants. It is funded by contributions, grants and annual fundraisers. Bethany United Methodist Church provides program space and in-kind support. The program recieves no monetary funding from Bethany.

We welcome all donations (which are tax-deductible). Please make checks payable to "Bethany United Methodist Church, House of Friends Program" or use the Online Donation link below.

For more information contact:
Bethany United Methodist Church
10010 Anderson Mill Road
Austin TX 78750

Erin Williams, Director of Care Ministries
Dave Lutz, Care Ministries Pastor
Susie Petersen, HOF Director