House of Friends

Each therapeutic session has a weekly theme and includes chat time, singing, movement, a devotion and good cheer! Family care partners are encouraged to participate in the session to assist their loved one supported in HOF.

*All meetings are virtual. The return to in person sessions this fall is currently on-hold.
Thursdays: Open chat followed by session
10:30 - Noon
Via Zoom
Tuesdays:  Bingo small group play
11:00 AM - Noon
Via Zoom
To visit a session, find out about enrolling a loved one, or are seeking support and resources, contact Susie Petersen, HOF Director
Caregiving & Alzheimer's Caregivers Support

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.

Activities include social time, active group and quiet games, arts and crafts, singing, worship, pet therapy, exercise, entertainment, small group sharing, and lunch.

Sign-up for HOF Weekly News HERE
  • 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.
  • 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 donate online.

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For more information, contact:
Susie Petersen, HOF Director,  x254;  Erin Temple, Director of Care Ministries, x281; Dave Lutz, Care Ministries Pastor