The Gathering

Weekly respite care for those with memory loss such as dementia or Alzheimer’s

The Gathering is a daytime, out-of-home group respite program for caregivers and care receivers. There are many benefits in group respite, especially at The Gathering.

Held on the 1st-4th Thursdays of every month, The Gathering is a safe, enjoyable place for seniors who are living with long-term illness to socialize. (All participants must have a needs assessment by the Family Caregiver Connection Coordinator prior to participating.) The Gathering gives caregivers the opportunity to have several hours respite while offering members of Anoka County faith communities the opportunity to share in the care of our community’s seniors. This opportunity is offered in collaboration with Anoka County Family Caregiver Connection and dedicated and trained volunteers, supervised by a social worker or nurse, operate the program. Participants can enjoy fellowship, lunch, and activities. Caregivers can enjoy time away from caregiving or may choose to attend a support group for caregivers on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month. Caregivers can attend support group meetings whether their loved ones participate in The Gathering or not. If you are interested in respite care, please contact Jill Agyekum at 763-324-1608 to complete an assessment prior to participating in The Gathering.

The Gathering Volunteers

We are grateful for our faithful volunteers. We are always looking for more people to be a part of this great ministry at Zion Lutheran.  Please consider spending some time with us. For a respite volunteer job description or more information on volunteering, contact Jill Agyekum at: or Pastor Sue Wallager at:

Volunteer Opportunities

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