The program provides rest and free-time for family and caregivers – and stimulating activities for its participants. It is administered by a professional Director who reports to the Board of Directors. Volunteers come from the collaborating congregations and the community.
The program provides one volunteer to assist two participants. With an anticipated daily enrollment of 20-25 participants, ten to thirteen volunteers are needed daily.
The Director is responsible for all activities associated with the program including mission and purpose, goals, general management, participant activities, volunteers, food service, budgeting, and staff and participant screening.
Program Location and Schedule
The Program is housed in the Youth Center of the Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, and operates three days each week, fifty weeks each year, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. It is closed on all legal holidays and complies with the operating schedule of Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church.
Staff designated by the host congregation, Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, maintain the space. A contracted caterer prepares meals to support the program.
Wendy Liverant, M.A., M.B.A.
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.
Respite Care Atlanta is governed by a Board of Directors which includes one representative from each of the founding congregations and additional at-large members from the community. Congregations have appointed representatives, as well as Advisory Council members, to offer guidance.
Board members serve three-year terms. The Board elects an Executive Team, which includes a Chairperson, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary as well as a representative from the host congregation. The Director of Respite Care Atlanta reports to the Board of Directors.
Board Members oversee the organization’s mission and purpose, goals, fundraising efforts, financial management, sponsorships, legal and insurance needs, and marketing programs.
Members of the Advisory Council, which include individuals with expertise in various areas, serve on an as-needed basis.
The Advisory Council members:
- Support the Mission and Purpose of the Program.
- Assist in marketing services of the Program.
- Provide guidance reflecting their respective areas of expertise.
- Assist in securing financial sponsors and grant funding.