By Christine Vinciguerra for Island Connection
When her friend Nancy Heiss told her about Respite Care Charleston’s programs, Debbie Jones decided to check it out for herself and she found it to be the perfect volunteer opportunity for her.
Jones was born in Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and grew up on a large family farm. She stayed in VA for college and settled in Warrenton, VA, where she raised two daughters with her husband.
Jones worked as an educator for 40 years. She was a science teacher and later worked as a curriculum and program supervisor.
After retiring, Jones moved to Seabrook Island in 2015. The area has been a great place for her to enjoy some of her favorite past time activities like taking nature walks and volunteering. She also loves reading and taking care of her cats when she is not giving back to her community.
Jones began volunteering with Respite Care Charleston several years ago. She spends every Tuesday helping out at RCC’s Johns Island site. She interacts with program participants and helps engage them in social activities.
Jones says that she loves, “forming relationships and connecting with the participants so their caregivers can have more free time.” She not only gives the family caregivers a break, but she also helps bring MORE. GOOD.DAYS. to our participants!
Respite Care Charleston is a non-profit organization committed to serving families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. We have a social day program for individuals with dementia each Tuesday and Thursday in Walton Hall at St. John’s Parish Church. If you would like more information about volunteering with RCC, please contact Christine Vinciguerra at firstname.lastname@example.org.