The House of Friends
respite program, a ministry of
Bethany United Methodist Church and
supported by several churches in northwest Austin, provides respite to
and enriches the quality of life of their loved ones with
dementia through a stimulating, loving, and safe community environment.
Membership is open to all, regardless of religious affiliation, ethnicity or
Goals of HOF
1. Provide activities
that engage participants physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially,
and spiritually in a safe environment.
2. Provide respite for
caregivers of people with dementia.
3. Provide a meaningful
experience to the volunteers so they may offer good support to those with
dementia and offer love and companionship to older adults.
When does the HOF Meet?
The House of Friends (HOF)
meets every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at
Bethany United Methodist Church,
10010 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, TX., on the third floor of the
Disciple Building, Room 306 (accessed by elevator or two stairways). HOF does not
meet on national holidays or during Vacation Bible School.
What does a typical day
Refreshments and fellowship
Games (e.g.., balloon
► Table games
are the Costs?
There are no
costs or fees to attend. Program funding comes from tax-deductibles
contributions, grants, local churches, sponsorships, community organizations
and annual fundraisers. Bethany provides in-kind support, including program
space, some professional leadership and facilities support. HOF is a
self-sustaining program and receives no monetary funding from Bethany.
The House of
Friends is a social program, not a medical program. There usually is a nurse
present at each session, but the nurse is in attendance only to provide safety
supervision and emergency first aid, if required.