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Matthew 25:40

“…whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

Day Respite Program Information

Shepherd’s Place has a twofold mission:  to nurture and care for individuals with memory and/or physical challenges associated with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s Stroke and TBI; and to provide respite for the caregiver, thereby reducing the physical, mental and emotional impact of caregiving.


Shepherd's Place is an adult day respite program that serves the Eastern Shore of Baldwin County, AL.   This outreach ministry is housed at Fairhope United Methodist Church at 155 S. Section Street, Fairhope, AL.  Shepherd’s Place serves adults with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s, Stroke or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Caregivers benefit from the program by having time to care for themselves while trained volunteers, under supervision, care for their loved ones. Through providing a safe and secure environment, Shepherd's Place bridges the gap between independent living and restricted care.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday & Thursday 

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Snack and hot lunch provided


Program Highlights

Daily activities include art, music, exercise, games, snack & hot lunch  

Benefits to Participant

  •         Interactive learning and fellowship in a social setting
  •         Promotes self esteem
  •         Socialization
  •         Physical & cognitive stimulation




Amanda Manders of Point Clear, Ala., felt a burden of guilt because she didn't have more time for her widowed 87-year-old mother. Most of her friends had passed on and she was lonely, and bored. Worse, the lack of activity seemed to be taking a toll on her mentally—she was growing confused. To compound the problem, Amanda's husband, 80, formerly an avid outdoorsman, had begun displaying symptoms of dementia following heart surgery, and this combo punch put an end to most of his activities. 



What is a typical day?

We have a schedule for each day that allows for flexibility. The day begins with coffee fellowship time, card games and a devotional moment. A mid-morning snack is provided followed by art, music, exercise or a featured guest for the morning. A hot lunch is served each day followed by board games, storytelling or other activity. We celebrate birthdays, have theme days and recognize holidays with parties or other special activity.

How do I become enrolled in the program?

An appointment is scheduled with the director for assessment.


Is there a cost to attend Shepherd's Place?

Yes, there is a minimal charge per day. Statements are mailed at the end of each month for the days of attendance.

What are the hours and days available?

Tuesday & Thursday - 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Do you have to attend every day?

No. You may choose & schedule the days you would like to come.

Who is eligible for the program?

Individuals with Alzheimer's disease, dementia, Parkinson's disease, stroke issues, traumatic brain injury (TBI), those who need social stimulation.

What is the age requirement?

21 years and up.

What if my loved one has a wheelchair or walker?

Individuals who use wheelchairs, walkers, canes or other aids are welcome.

What activities do you offer?

We offer art, music, recreation, speakers, special guests from the community, holiday celebration, travel presentations.