EMPOWERING LIVES SINCE 1996
Amazing Place, originally known as The Seniors Place until Fall 2009, launched our mission in two converted classrooms at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in 1996 with three staff members serving three participants. Our organization remains true to its original mission – serving adults with mild to moderate dementia and their caregiving families.
As the number of participants grew, Amazing Place relocated in 2000 to a small building at 2714 Joanel Street, and eventually to a new state-of-the-art facility at 3735 Drexel Drive, where we are today.
Rev. Dean Robinson, a minister at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, was the visionary leader who saw the need to provide a therapeutic Day Program to serve the increasing number of adults with mild to moderate dementia. He knew firsthand the struggles experienced by the loved ones of those with memory loss and knew the importance of providing respite, support and education on their journey. Rev. Robinson wisely selected his friend and St. Luke’s member, Margaret Bandy, to chair the Founding Committee and pull together a group of equally committed members of St. Luke’s and other nearby congregations to research and develop this program.
After many years of dedication and hard work, the program was successfully launched as The Seniors Place in 1996. Dr. Jim Moore, Senior Pastor of St. Luke’s, invited 12 other local congregations to join together to form a collaborative Board of Directors to govern and guide the organization in 1998 – and the nonprofit corporation was born.