Hope Arbor

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” –Matt. 11:28

What is Hope Arbor?

  • A Respite Ministry provides a timeout for caregivers. Trained professionals and volunteers provide spiritual, emotional, and physical care for the caregiver’s family member suffering with memory impairment in a respectful and safe environment. Respite gives caregivers a time for rest and taking care of their own needs.
  • Participants have the opportunity to be stimulated through a variety of activities. The model is an invitation to “lifelong learning”.
  • Multiple times a month Caregivers are given the opportunity to participate in a support group. Chapel and Communion services will be offered for participants and their caregivers.


Who will benefit from the program?

  • Everyone! This program is designed for the participants and volunteers to find equal amounts of joy in each day through purposeful interaction.
  • Caregivers are given a much needed break and support while knowing their loved ones are safe, respected, and cared for.
  • Many volunteers experience as much or more joy than the participants.
  • Qualifying participants are welcome from our church and our community.


What are lifelong learning classes?

  • Participants are welcomed into a socially interactive environment.
  • They play games that stimulate them both physically and emotionally.
  • Music and art are purposefully designed for meaningful experiences.


Who serves at Hope Arbor?

  • Hope Arbor is run by a trained program director and supported by trained volunteers.
  • Hope Arbor falls under the umbrella of Congregational Care governed by Isle of Hope UMC and the Guidelines for Congregational Respite Care in the State of Georgia.


How is it supported?

  • Participants are charged $40.00 per day and receive email statements monthly.
  • Gifts and donations can add to the budget and allow for families in need with qualifying loved ones to be served by scholarship at Hope Arbor as well.


Why is it important to Isle of Hope UMC and our community? *

  • Our church and community have an aging population.
  • More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease or some form of dementia.
  • In Georgia 130 thousand are currently diagnosed, but many are living undiagnosed with symptoms.
  • Caregivers in Georgia in 2015 numbered 513 thousand. This included 584 million total hours of unpaid care.
  • Exhaustion and cost are the two overwhelmingly identified concerns of caregivers today.
  • We can be pioneers in Savannah by equipping caregivers with education, support, and a safe and stimulating place for their loved ones.
  • We are stewards of all the gifts God has provided for us.

 For more information or to volunteer, please contact Brooke Chambers at (912)355-8527.

“Even people with memory loss have a desire to have purpose and be a part of a group.”-Robin Dill author of Walking with Grace… Tools for Implementing and Launching a Congregational Respite Program


“And now in my old age, don’t set me aside. Don’t abandon me when my strength is failing.” Psalm 71.9


*Statistics for United States and Georgia are from the National Alzheimer’s Association