ARK wins grant funds
The ARK received a grant of $40,000 from Wheat Ridge Ministries to help neighboring communities develop their own programs to assist those with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
“I am very pleased you are expanding your work and we are able to fund such a worthy project,” said Rev. Anne Christiansen, a pastor in Saluda and board member on Wheat Ridge Ministries.
It’s nice to see a grant going to a South Carolina organization, she said.
Wheat Ridge funded 12 projects across the nation after receiving more than 75 grant proposals.
The ARK was founded in 1996 and provides adult respite care, support groups and caregiver consultations.
The program is housed at St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, but is an independent, nonsectarian organization that serves all.
However, it was for its NOAH (Neighborhood Outreach Alzheimer’s Help) Project that the ARK received the grant.
The NOAH Project works with small towns and rural communities to develop their own services for families dealing with Alzheimer’s, with the goal of creating a basic framework of community services throughout the area.
ARK Executive Director Peg Lahmeyer said she’s had clients over the years from throughout the Lowcountry.
For a long time, a woman from Edisto Beach drove her mother every Thursday to the respite care program. She would take the day to shop or relax at a park, then drive her mother home, Lahmeyer said.
The ARK worked with groups in that area and now Edisto Island has its own respite care program, she said.
She’s now looking to assist Holly Hill, Eutawville and communities in Berkeley County.
Info on The ARK
Fees: $30 per day; $10 bus transportation roundtrip
75 percent receive scholarships
Hours of respite care in 2012: 6,560
Volunteer hours with respite care in 2012: 4,971
Support group attendance: 210
Scholarships given: $18,150