Around 18 months ago, Rev. Ronald Byrd of St. Katharine's Episcopal Church in Williamston came to his congregation with an idea for a new outreach program.
"We noticed that there was a need in this community for an adult center for seniors with dementia and other debilitating diseases," said Byrd.
Fast-forward to Monday and the Forster Woods Adult Day Center is ready to open its doors on the grounds of St. Katherine's after a $90,000 renovation funded through grants and donations.
"Participants will have primarily some form of dementia," said Kimberly Holland, Executive Director of Forster Woods. "When you think of dementia, it's not just the elderly, but individuals as young as 50 years old."
The center will feature daily activities like cooking, music, games and animal therapy. Program coordinators also see the program as a way to help out caretakers of participants and keep those with diseases, like dementia, out of nursing homes.
"The hope is that we can facilitate and help seniors stay with their loved ones longer," said Byrd.
According to Byrd, the center has already hired four trained staff members and hopes to have as many as nine.
The cost to enroll someone in the center is $12/hour, but coordinators say that there are different rates as well as scholarships available for those who need them.