Our mission is to provide:
- The highest possible quality of life
- The greatest possible level of independence for each resident
- In the context of a faith-based, community residential facility
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 professional 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.
- We will build additional homes as money and sites are available.
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?
- Donate money or property (Send donations to Aldersgate Special Needs Ministry, P.O. Box 5781, Columbia, SC 29250).
- Lend professional expertise.
- Adopt Aldersgate as an ongoing mission project for your church group.
- Lend your prayers, spiritual and moral support.