House of Friends

House of FriendsHouse of Friends

Thursdays, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Bethany Contact:
Susie Petersen

Ministry Description:
The House of Friends (HOF) is a community outreach adult ministry of Bethany United Methodist Church. The program provides a therapeutic social day out for individuals with early to mid-stage dementia who are cared for at home and gives a welcome respite or “time away” to the family caregiver. The intent is to minimize caregiver and participant stresses so that institutional care and associated expenses can be delayed. There is no cost for program participation. There is an admittance process for entry to the program. Membership is open to all, regardless of religious affiliation or gender. HOF reaches out in a 30-mile radius to families in the greater Austin area.

Types of Volunteers Needed:
In-session companion volunteers (buddy one-on-one with dementia individual in weekly program, In-session service volunteers (lead sing-a-long, piano accompaniment, exercise leader, develop crafts & activities, share a special talent or skill, provide a food snack, assist with open activities, etc.), service member on functional teams including fundraising, hospitality, alumni visitation, finance, preparing materials). Provide a one-time lunch for 40 for Thursday program.

How to volunteer:
Contact Nancy Kier,  HOF Volunteer Coordinator  (512-250-5501); Susie Petersen, Director, (512-331-5284).