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Aldersgate Special Needs Ministry

Executive Director
Elaine G. Mathis
843-754-8936  |
Facebook: @aldersgatespecialneedsministry
P.O. Box 5781
Columbia, SC  29250


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

Download Aldersgate Special Needs Ministry brochure

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.

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