By Christine Vinciguerra for The Island Connection
When Colleen Chisholm was looking for a new way to help others, she sought out Respite Care Charleston based on a friend’s recommendation.
As a former social worker and kindergarten aid, volunteering with RCC’s day program for adults with Alzheimer’s and dementia is a perfect match for Colleen’s skills and personality. As a weekly program volunteer, she helps engage participants in games, art, music, and other activities, making sure that participants are enjoying themselves. Colleen says her favorite part about volunteering with RCC is giving caregivers a much needed break.
Colleen moved to Seabrook Island in 2013 with her husband. As a lifelong history buff, she fell in love with Charleston’s rich history. She’s originally from Cleveland and spent most of her adult life living in Northeastern Ohio. Colleen pursued a career as a social worker in the Probate Court Psychiatric Department where she worked for almost ten years. After taking some time off to raise her children, she worked as an educational aide in a kindergarten classroom. She also worked in retail for a few years before retiring in the spring of 2013.
Respite Care Charleston is a non-profit organization committed to serving families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. RCC hosts social day programs throughout the Charleston area for individuals with dementia and also offers caregiver support groups. We meet every Tuesday and Thursday in Walton Hall at St. John’s Parish Church. If you would like more information about volunteering with RCC or you are caring for a person with dementia, please contact Christine Vinciguerra at email@example.com or 843.813.3051.