The ARK of SC Named Beneficiary of Week of Prayer and Collaborates with Summerville Police Department

The members of the Summerville Area Ministerial Association present the check; from left, the Rev. John Scott, the Rev. Mary Tucker, the Rev. Judith Knox, the Rev. Phil Wrenn, Megan Severn of The ARK, the Rev. Larry Burgbacher, the Rev. Lorraine Bradley, the Rev. Tom Glisson, the Rev. Bob Howell, the Rev. Sylvia Mallory, the Rev. Thulie Beresford and the Rev. Robert Harper.

The ARK of SC Named Beneficiary of Week of Prayer

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. – The ARK of SC, Alzheimer’s Family Support Services, has received a $3,500 donation from The Summerville Area Ministerial Association.

“We are incredibly thankful to have the support from The Summerville Area Ministerial Association and grateful to be selected as the beneficiary from Week of Prayer”, said Peg Lahmeyer, executive director and co-founder of The ARK. “These funds will be crucial in kicking off our major gifts initiative this coming spring."

For more than 22 years, The ARK has been assisting families throughout five counties (Dorchester, Berkeley, Charleston, Orangeburg and Colleton) in the Lowcountry. The ARK helps families cope with daily challenges of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia through its services and resources.

Respite programs are offered in Summerville (Monday-Thursday) and in Harleyville (Wednesday) to give family caregivers a much-needed break from the stress of around-the-clock caregiving. The ARK also offers four support groups in Summerville, Moncks Corner and Harleyville; lunch & learn educational workshops; memory screenings; resource referrals; caregiver workshops; and first responder/law enforcement training. For more information, call 843-832-2357 or visit thearkofsc.org.

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The Alzheimer’s Family Support Services Collaborates with Summerville Police Department

In January, The ARK of SC, Alzheimer’s Family Support Services hosted the International Association of Chiefs of Police for a train-the-trainer program on “Responding to Alzheimer’s Disease: Techniques for Law Enforcement and First Responders.” The training was held in coordination with the Summerville Police Department. Summerville officers were joined by deputies with the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, along with officers from the Mauldin Police Department.

This no-cost train-the-trainer program is dedicated to providing public safety executives, law enforcement, firefighters, EMS and others from the first responder community with the most current Alzheimer’s and dementia training available.

"When a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer's or dementia it not only affects the person and their family but the whole community. By collaborating with Dorchester County EMS and the Summerville Police Department, The ARK is making a difference in its immediate counties," said Micky Styslinger, program director at The ARK. “We shared our knowledge and resources enabling them to better respond and assist those living with the chronic illness and their families."

This training is made possible by grants from Coastal Community Foundation, Giving Back to Berkeley County, Home Telecom Fund and Dorchester County Fund.

For more than 22 years, The ARK has been assisting families throughout five counties (Dorchester, Berkeley, Charleston, Orangeburg and Colleton) in the Lowcountry. The ARK helps families cope with daily challenges of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia through its services and resources.

Respite programs are offered in Summerville (Monday-Thursday) and in Harleyville (Wednesday) to give family caregivers a much-needed break from the stress of around-the-clock caregiving. The ARK also offers four support groups in Summerville, Moncks Corner and Harleyville; lunch & learn educational workshops; memory screenings; resource referrals; caregiver workshops; and first responder/law enforcement training. For more information, call 843-832-2357 or visit thearkofsc.org.

ABOUT THE ARK, ALZHEIMER’S FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES
The ARK is a local nonsectarian nonprofit outreach program providing comprehensive support services to families dealing with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. For more information, call 843-832-2357 or visit thearkofsc.org.