Aldersgate Special Needs Ministry

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About Aldersgate Special Needs Ministry

Aldersgate Special Needs Ministry (ASNM) is a ministry of the SC Conference of the United Methodist Church that provides homes for adults with developmental disabilities. ASNM does not receive funds from apportionments and depends on contributions. Our residents enjoy living in a Christian environment and are encouraged to be as independent as possible with the support of trained staff.

Adults with special needs are among the most underserved people in South Carolina and the nation. As caregivers age, the need for full-time care for adults with special needs continues to grow. Today, Aldersgate operates three homes for adults with special needs.

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Testimonials

"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'S STORY

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'S STORY

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

Officers
Chair - Susan Kovas
Vice Chair - Suzette Catoe
Secretary - Mike Simpson
Treasurer - W.C. Hammett

Board Members
Brabham, Mickey
Chambers, Rev. Douglas
Childs, Rev. William (Bill)
Cooper-Davis, Laura
Hering, Yvette
Hunt, Michelle
Makins, Peggy
Mitchell, Margie
Patterson, Rev. Steve
Smoak, Betsy
Ulmer, Earline
Ward, Daly
Honorary Board Members
Rev. Milton McGuirt
Betty Moss McGuirt


Leadership Staff

Executive Director
Elaine G. Mathis

Aldersgate at the Oaks - Administrator
LaVeda Jenkins

Aldersgate Columbia Home - Administrator
Rosemary Ray-Hill

Rick's House - Residential Manager
Victoria Maple


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