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Our Mission:

We provide the highest quality of life and the greatest level of independence in Christian homes for adults with special needs.

What is Aldersgate Special Needs Ministry?

  • A United Methodist agency formed by families and friends seeking to prepare for the future of their loved ones with developmental disabilities.

How do we help adults with developmental disabilities?

  • Maintain homes for adults with special needs so they can live in a Christian environment with a staff dedicated to providing a loving home.

Where are these homes?

  • Aldersgate at The Oaks, adjacent to The Methodist Oaks Retirement Community in Orangeburg, is a home for six men.
  • Aldersgate Columbia, near Epworth Children’s Home, is a home for six women.
  • Aldersgate Florence (Rick’s House), near The Methodist Manor of the Pee Dee, is a home for four men.

What else do these homes provide?

  • Life-skills training and work experiences
  • Daily-living skills: cooking, laundry, self-help, social and recreational
  • Sunday connections to worshipping communities

Why help adults with developmental disabilities?

  • They are one of the most underserved populations in South Carolina and the nation.
  • As caregivers age, waiting lists for housing for adults with special needs grow.
  • Often, the only way for parents to get housing for a family member with special needs is to die or become disabled themselves.

How can you help?

  • Send donations to:
    Aldersgate Special Needs Ministry
    P.O. Box 203
    Ballentine, SC 29002
  • Lend professional expertise.
  • Adopt Aldersgate as an ongoing mission project for your church group.
  • Lend your prayers, spiritual and moral support.

Want to know more?

Contact Executive Director
Kim Thomas at
803-590-4890 or