Jan. 8, 1996 marked the day Summerville, South Carolina's ARK Alzheimer's Family Support Services of SC, an initiative of St. Lukes Lutheran Church, opened its doors.
In the two decades since, the facility's staff and volunteers have assisted hundreds of families impacted by Alzheimer's disease and dementia, providing support services, respite care, support groups, education, caregiver consultations, resource referrals and community development services.
"We have been privileged to serve so many families over 20 years," Peg Lahmeyer, ARK founder and executive director, said. "We will continue to grow our programs to meet the need for families in our area in the future. Our relationships with individuals, families, volunteers and staff, community partners, generous donors and grantors have made it all possible. I am in awe of the many lives The ARK has touched and how enriched they all have made our lives as staff and volunteers."
Nancy Tissot, ARK's program director, has also been with the organization from the beginning. "Working closely with our participants and our dedicated volunteers has been such a blessing to me," she said. "We truly are a family at The ARK. I look forward to our future with great anticipation."
Today, ARK has not only expanded its service offerings, but also operates another center in St. George. A new satellite respite program is planned and will be established in Harleyville.
For more information about ARK and its programs visit thearkofsc.org or call 843-832-2357.