Caring Friends – Respite Ministry

What is Caring Friends?

Caring Friends Respite Ministry offers four hours of respite once a week to caregivers for those with early onset Alzheimer’s or dementia. Caring Friends meets every Thursday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Who can become a Friend?

We refer to those in our group with Alzheimer’s and dementia as Friends. A group of loving volunteers care for our Friends and prepare a delicious lunch each week. Friends are thoroughly vetted by our nurse and director to ensure they are a good fit for the program. Anyone from the community is welcome. You don’t have to be a member of St. Paul’s. If you have a family member neighbor, friend, or acquaintance who is a caregiver who might benefit from our program, let them know about us.


How can I help?

Caring Friends from time to time need new volunteers to spend time with Friends or to prepare lunch.


How do I learn more?

If you are a caregiver who would like to learn more about Caring Friends or are interested in volunteering, contact Peter Scoppa at or 479-790-3965.

Click here to read an interview with Caring Friends Respite Ministry Leader Peter Scoppa. This interview originally appeared in the September 2017 Communicant.

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