Volunteers

A Volunteer Organization

Respite Care Atlanta is a volunteer-driven respite program designed to support caregivers and their loved ones in a safe, caring and comfortable atmosphere.  We seek volunteers of all ages to provide families with an affordable, community-based, social-recreational program option for respite care.  A virtually all-volunteer staff is the driving force behind a congregational respite program and they bring energy, enthusiasm and open hearts to promote family well-being for those confronting the dementia journey with a loved one.  Volunteers contribute significantly to the planning and execution of activities designed to engage participants socially, cognitively, physically and spiritually and foster meaningful connections between members of the community.

All volunteers must complete an application, background check, orientation and required training to serve our families.  Bring your ideas and abilities to help us achieve our mission and more!

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Communications/Social Media
  • Dance
  • Dietary Nutrition
  • Education and Training
  • Event Planning
  • Family Counseling
  • General Office/Clerical
  • Grant Writing/Fundraising
  • Health and Fitness
  • Music
  • Program Planning
  • Technology
Wendy Liverant, M.A., M.B.A.
Director

Wendy Liverant joined Respite Care Atlanta, Inc. as Director in Spring, 2018. She spent most of her career in financial services (banking, insurance and wealth management), earned a MBA in Finance and holds the CFP® certification. After many years serving older adults with holistic financial planning, she decided to pursue advanced study in the field of Aging. Wendy earned a MA in Gerontology concentrated in Program Administration in 2016. Her maternal grandmother, mother and uncle all succumbed to dementia and it was natural for her to focus her study, internships and subsequent work experience in the area of dementia care. She has worked in Adult Day Programs, Assisted Living/Memory Care, served in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Speaker’s Bureau and facilitated a Dementia Caregiver Support Group for several years. Her interdisciplinary background has helped her develop, manage and expand RCA’s program from startup to present day. She is passionate about mobilizing community resources to address the growing need for adult respite programs, offering dementia caregivers time to rest and renew the spirit, while engaging loved ones in social-recreational activities to foster their psychological, emotional and physical well-being. 

Our Board of Directors

Charlie Battle

Mary Caroline Cravens

Dan Davis

Anne Glenn

Jim Howard

Bill Keith

Kathy King

Jeff Miller

Jackie Montag

Dell Rearden

David Richards

Harriet Shaffer

Ham Smith

John Stewart

George Wirth

Julie Wright

10 Things to Know About Volunteering

  • Volunteers DO NOT need prior exposure to individuals with dementia.
  • They do need patience, compassion, and a heart for serving others.
  • There is no age limit for volunteer service; physical limitations can be accommodated.
  • Volunteers can serve weekly,
    bi-weekly, or monthly.
  • We ask for a minimum commitment of two consecutive months but understand unforeseen events occur.
  • Team training is periodically offered onsite and supplemented through email communication.
  • Immersion is the best way to learn about Respite Care Atlanta roles and operations.
  • Respite Care Atlanta is a volunteer-driven social-recreational model of care.
  • Our participants must meet eligibility guidelines before admittance.  This helps ensure individual needs can be sufficiently met by our volunteer staff.
  • There are many roles to perform at Respite Care Atlanta:
    • Companions Arts & Crafts Special Events
    • Greeters/Goodbyes
    • Music
    • Fundraising
    • Lunch Servers
    • Fitness
    • Administration
    • Community Outreach
  • Volunteers whose role extends through the lunch hour are provided lunch (caterer offers only one lunch option).
  • Respite Care Atlanta is open to the public residing in the community.
  • Caregivers are responsible for providing transportation to/from the program.
  • Our official schedule of operations (volunteers may start earlier/end later):
    • Monday & Friday: No programming but open for administrative assistance
    • Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    • Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    • Thursday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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We are located at:
Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church
2715 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

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