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Mission Statement


The House of Friends respite program, a ministry of Bethany United Methodist Church and supported by several churches in northwest Austin, provides respite to caregivers and enriches the quality of life of their loved ones with dementia through a stimulating, loving, and safe community environment. Membership is open to all, regardless of religious affiliation, ethnicity or gender.


Goals of HOF


1.  Provide activities that engage participants physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially, and spiritually in a safe environment.

2.  Provide respite for caregivers of people with dementia.

3.  Provide a meaningful experience to the volunteers so they may offer good support to those with dementia and offer love and companionship to older adults.


When does the HOF Meet?  

The House of Friends (HOF) meets every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.  at Bethany United Methodist Church, 10010 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, TX., on the third floor of the Disciple Building, Room 306 (accessed by elevator or two stairways).  HOF does not meet on national holidays or during Vacation Bible School.

What does a typical day include?

 Refreshments and fellowship

 Games (e.g.., balloon volleyball, bowling)

 Table games


 Pet therapy

 Music therapy

►  Art therapy

►  Exercise

►  Sharing memories

►  Lunch

What are the Costs?

There are no costs or fees to attend. Program funding comes from tax-deductibles contributions, grants, local churches, sponsorships, community organizations and annual fundraisers. Bethany provides in-kind support, including program space, some professional leadership and facilities support. HOF is a self-sustaining program and receives no monetary funding from Bethany.

Please Note: The House of Friends is a social program, not a medical program. There usually is a nurse present at each session, but the nurse is in attendance only to provide safety supervision and emergency first aid, if required.
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10010 Anderson Mill Road       Austin, Texas  78750      Phone:  (512) 258-6017