Care

Divorce Care

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DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone–join us for this 12-week course! This course will begin in January 2018 and will run each Tuesday night from 6:30-7:30pm until April 10, 2018. It will be held in the Green House (310 Parkersburg Road, Savannah, Georgia 31406). To register, please contact Meg Procopio, Minister of Congregational Care, at (912) 355-8527 or mprocopio@iohumc.com.

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Divorce Care for Kids

DivorceCare for Kids is a recovery ministry for children of divorce. This program is designed as a companion to DivorceCare with 12-weeks of interactive conversation, videos and activities.


Grief Share

We hope that you find abundant hospitality here! Grief Share is an opportunity to be around people who understand what you are feeling. You’ll learn valuable information about recovering from your grief and renewing your hope for the future. These groups will be offered at your convenience beginning in January of 2018 and will run each Wednesday until April 11, 2018. Join us either 9:30am-11:00am or 6:30pm-8:00pm! Nursery is available for the evening class but by reservation only. To register, please contact Meg Procopio, Minister of Congregational Care, at (912) 355-8527 or mprocopio@iohumc.com.


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“The Hope Arbor Respite Program is the highlight of my husband’s week. The volunteers meet him at the door with smiles and excitement that he is there. He is accepted and encouraged to be himself. They actually seem to appreciate him and make him feel special; he feels loved.”

“The singing has brought joy into his life. This spirit carries over into our home. I hear him singing the old hymns he loves all during the day and he actually remembers the words! I thank God for this program and the difference it has made in his life and mine.” -Caregiver

“So thankful God led me to the Hope Arbor ministry. It is such a blessing being with everyone. So rewarding.” -Volunteer

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


Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is YOUR ministry. It is an important way we at Isle of Hope United Methodist care for one another. If you are going through a difficult time, consider having a Stephen Minister. If you know someone else who is facing difficulties, suggest that he or she request Stephen Ministry. Make use of it. Stephen Ministry belongs to you.

If you would like to have a Stephen Minister or know more about this caring ministry, call Brooke Chambers at (912)355-8527 or email her at bchambers@iohumc.com.


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Visits of Hope is a warm and loving ministry to our precious at-home and nursing home members. From time to time, the pastors have tried to take Communion to our most vulnerable members, but we have not been able to maintain this in a consistent way. So as we partner together, it is our hope that all of our people who desire will be offered Holy Communion regularly. Teams of two church members make regular visits to the same at-home or nursing home members to create a relationship and serve Communion every month. To sign-up to help with this ministry, please contact the church office at (912) 355-8527.