"My prayers have been answered. The life you are providing her is what I have dreamed of for so many years. God is good. Thank you from the bottom of my heart." -- Guardian
JT lived with his mother and brother. When their mother passed away, his sister became the guardian of JT and their young brother while caring for her own child. She is 10 years younger than JT. While juggling caregiving duties, work and nursing school, sometimes his sister had to leave JT at home by himself. "It was a very stressful time," she said. "I didn't want JT staying by himself because of the safety risk and not being able to socialize with others."
She learned about Aldersgate at the Oaks through a family friend. JT moved into the Orangeburg home in 2020. He is thriving from receiving the attention and care he needs. "The staff are loving and kind," she said. "Aldersgate has been great for JT, me and our family." JT said he enjoys living at Aldersgate and hanging out with his housemates.
Xavier had a difficult start in life. He received limited life skills training that affected his attendance in school, as well as his learning environment. After hearing about his situation, his aunt moved Xavier in with her. With medical concerns of her own, she worried about his future.
By working through the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, she found Xavier a home at Aldersgate Special Needs Ministry. "Since being at Aldersgate, Xavier is more independent," she said. "He has goals and is learning new skills. Knowing he's in a loving home while getting the attention he needs brings me comfort."
Xavier is very polite, respectful and expresses himself through gestures and eye contact. He has great relationships with his housemates and staff. Xavier enjoys all activities and loves to be complimented on his attire. When you ask Xavier if he likes living at Aldersgate, his answer is always, "Yes!"
We are grateful to be able to provide adults with developmental disabilities homes. Residents enjoy living in a loving Christian environment and are encouraged to be as independent as possible. Our trained staff provides care and support. When asked about his home, ASNM resident Damon said, "I like it here the best because everyone takes care of me. I've made a lot of new friends. It's so comfortable."
Board of Trustees
Honorary Board Members
Chair - W.C. Hammett
Vice Chair - Mike Simpson
Secretary - Michelle Hunt
Treasurer - Daly Ward
Bullion, Rev. Shannon
Brown, Ret. Rev. Will
Chambers, Ret. Rev. Douglas
|Childs, Ret. Rev. Dr. William (Bill)
Dunn, Ret. Rev. Linda
McCray, Rev. Larry
Patterson, Rev. Steve
|Rev. Milton McGuirt
Betty Moss McGuirt
Executive Director -
Aldersgate at the Oaks - Administrator
Aldersgate Columbia Home - Administrator
Rick's House - Residential Manager