Call Us: (651) 646-2941
Call Us: (651) 646-2941
It is like the seed put in the soil - the more one sows, the greater the harvest.
--Orison Swett Marden
The Gathering is a program of Home- and Community-Based Services, serving people experiencing early- to mid-stage memory loss and giving respite to caregivers who desire a break. The program is offered in collaborative partnerships with churches who provide the facilities and host The Gathering.
An assessment with a professional Gathering staff (MSW or RN) determines appropriateness for this social model program and caregiver/participant’s commitment for attendance. To maintain the integrity of the program’s structure, The Gathering does not accommodate drop-ins or visitors.
The Gathering does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, age, gender, handicap,
familial status, or national origin.
To learn how to volunteer for or participate in The Gathering, contact Betsy Hoffman at (651) 414-5291 or email@example.com.
Learn more about how to become part of a new consortium of churches for The Gathering in St. Paul.
For organizations interested in implementing their own group respite program, please read about First Circle Friends, a program model adapted from The Gathering.
Staff Contact Information:
|Lisa Brown, MSW|
The Gathering Site Liaison
The Gathering Assistant Coordinator
|Carolyn Klaver, RN|
The Gathering Coordinator
If We Forget ... Wisdom and Reflections from Those Living with Memory Loss, a book dedicated to all persons with memory loss and all those who care for them. Lyngblomsten and Oak Knoll Lutheran Church (Minnetonka, MN) worked together to create this book which compiles the voices of The Gathering participants at Oak Knoll, sharing what they want others to know about people with memory loss. If you are interested in purchasing a book for yourself or a loved one, there are 3 ways to order:
Questions about this project or how to order a book? Call (763) 546-4630
The Gathering meets from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the sites and frequencies as noted below.
Offered 1st & 3rd or 2nd & 4th Thursdays at Bethlehem Lutheran Church
4100 Lyndale Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55409
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Minneapolis
Lynhurst United Church of Christ, Minneapolis
First Universalist Church, Minneapolis
St. Joan of Arc, Minneapolis
Judson Memorial Baptist Church, Minneapolis
St. John's Lutheran Church, Minneapolis
Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer, Minneapolis
Offered 1st & 3rd Thursdays at First Presbyterian Church
4821 Bloom Ave, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Offered 2nd & 4th Thursdays at White Bear Lake United Methodist Church
1851 Birch St, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Offered 5th Thursdays at Parkview United Church of Christ
3737 Bellaire Ave, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Christ the King Lutheran Church, White Bear Lake
St. John’s Episcopal Church, White Bear Lake
First Presbyterian Church, White Bear Lake
St. Mary of the Lake, White Bear Lake
North Presbyterian Church, North St Paul
St. Pius X, White Bear Lake
Parkview United Church of Christ, White Bear Lake
St. Stephen Lutheran Church, White Bear Lake
Redeemer Lutheran Church, White Bear Lake
White Bear Lake United Methodist Church, White Bear Lake
Offered 1st & 3rd Thursdays at Oak Knoll Lutheran Church
600 Hopkins Crossroad, Minnetonka, MN 55305
Offered 2nd & 4th Thursdays at Calvary Lutheran Church
7520 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley, MN 55427
Calvary Lutheran Church, Golden Valley
St. Joseph’s Parish, New Hope
Oak Knoll Lutheran Church, Minnetonka
St. Philip the Deacon, Plymouth
St. Barnabas Lutheran Church, Plymouth
Offered 2nd & 4th Tuesdays at Salem Lutheran Church
11 W. Bernard St, West St. Paul, MN 55118
Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, Inver Grove Heights
Salem Lutheran Church, West St. Paul
Church of St. Joseph, West St. Paul
Faith United Methodist Church, West St. Paul
Augustana Lutheran Church, West St. Paul
Offered 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at Augustana Lutheran Church
1400 S. Robert St, West St. Paul, MN 55118
Centennial United Methodist Church, Roseville (with St. Timothy Lutheran Church, St. Paul)
Offered 2nd & 4th Tuesdays at Centennial United Methodist Church
1524 W. County Rd C2, Roseville, MN 55113
A $45 fee helps defray the costs for The Gathering day, which runs from 10 AM to 3 PM each Gathering. Bills are sent to caregivers monthly.
Participants arrive at the site by 10:00 AM for coffee and conversation and enjoy a morning of activities. Following lunch, participants are involved in another series of stimulating activities and socialization.
Activities during the 5-hour day may include music, creative projects/small motor activities (woodworking, painting, crafts, etc.), discussion groups, reminiscing, exercise (as appropriate for individual abilities), or guest speakers (on a variety of topics/activities including art, music, animal exhibits, etc.).
Under the guidance of a professional Gathering staff (MSW or RN), The Gathering is staffed by dedicated volunteers who have been specially trained to understand the distinctive needs of persons experiencing memory loss. There is one volunteer for every participant.
Each Gathering accommodates about 10 participants. The program fee covers lunch, snacks and activities for the participant.
Participants enjoy fellowship, food, and stimulating activities and helps prevent the isolation that so often happens to people who have memory loss.
This is my social club. I get to visit, laugh, sing, and have an enjoyable day.
--Margaret S., Participant
Lyngblomsten provides a professional Gathering staff (MSW or RN) who journey alongside caregivers as resource needs arise. Caregivers appreciate the opportunity to have five hours of respite and feel comfortable knowing their loved one is in a safe, stimulating environment.
For me, it is a blessing to see her involved in something she enjoys, looks forward to, and leaves with warm feelings. This fills a niche I cannot provide.
Trained volunteers complete comprehensive training by the RN Coordinator with ongoing continuing education to remain current in meeting the needs of those with memory loss. Volunteers plan the program activities to promote the participants’ socialization and mental stimulation.
Coming from all walks of life and a variety of experiences and gifts, volunteers are happy and feel called to serve.
“Having been a caregiver most of my life, The Gathering is another extension of God’s purpose for me. It is a very satisfying experience especially when visiting with the participants and family members.”
If you don’t make time to take care of yourself, who will?
To be effective, caregivers need a break now and then.
One in eight people in the United States aged 65 years and older has Alzheimer’s disease. Every 69 seconds someone in America develops Alzheimer’s disease. By mid-century, someone will develop the disease every 33 seconds.
[2010 Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures, Alzheimer’s Association]
Caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease shoulder a particularly heavy burden of care. Compared with other types of caregivers, the type of care they provide is more physically and emotionally demanding, more time consuming, and takes a heavier toll on work and family life.
[2009 Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures, Alzheimer’s Association]
This is why Lyngblomsten is so committed to caregivers. One way we support caregivers through The Gathering is by providing a professional Gathering staff (MSW or RN) to journey alongside caregivers as resource needs arise.
Help yourself help your loved one. If you don’t take care of yourself as a caregiver, how will you be able to take care of your loved one? You are NOT being selfish if you take a break to rest, or meet a friend for lunch, or use the time to get the oil changed in the car, or take care of other tasks that you can’t otherwise do when providing constant care for your loved one.
Self-care matters. Add years to your life so that you can be there for those you love and who love you.
Golden Valley, MN
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 10:00 AM
Location: Calvary Lutheran Church, 7520 Golden Valley Road
Facilitator: Becky Clifford
Phone Number: (612) 670-0296
Group Type: Caregivers
White Bear Lake, MN
Meets the first Thursday of the month, 10:00 AM
Location: First Presbyterian Church
Facilitator: Joan McGrath
Phone Number: (651) 429-5218
Group Type: Caregivers
West St. Paul, MN
Meets the 1st Tuesdays of the month, 10:00 AM
Location: Augustana Lutheran Church
Facilitator: Sherry Simpson
Phone Number: (651) 739-2114
Group Type: Caregivers
The Gathering is made possible by the generous contributions of individuals and grants made to the Lyngblomsten Foundation.
If you would like to make a donation/memorial gift to support The Gathering , contact the Lyngblomsten Foundation at (651) 632-5324, or visit the Lyngblomsten Foundation page.