FEB. 19, 2020 -- Veranda Ministries and its flagship respite program, The Veranda, are among several other resources listed in the Gallatin Senior Directory, an online list of service providers with physical locations in Gallatin for seniors.
The Gallatin Senior Directory was created by the City of Gallatin’s Senior Roundtable Committee, a group tasked by Gallatin Mayor Paige Brown to help seniors and caregivers easily locate services they need.
SPRING 2018 -- When a change in a Tennessee state law in 2017 resulted in barriers for churches who offer respite programs as a ministry to continue operating, Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly, executive director of Veranda Ministries, and committee members of the organization's Board of Directors enlisted the help of local legislators Sen. Ferrell Haile and Rep. Courtney Rogers.
They spearheaded an almost year-long effort to exempt churches from the state licensure requirement linked to the adult day care statute. Their efforts paid off when the legislation—House Bill 1498 and Senate Bill 1487— unanimously passed during the 110th Tennessee General Assembly and was signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam on April 2, 2018.
FEB. 4, 2020 -- Veranda Ministries is pleased to introduce Jill Taylor as our new community outreach and operations coordinator. Jill is a native of Brentwood, Tennessee, and lives in Sumner County with Jim, her husband of 32 years. She is a certified end-of-life-doula who specializes in Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Jill received a Bachelor of Science degree in social work with a minor in psychology from the University of Tennessee at Martin.
APR. 7, 2020 -- As calls by government leaders and healthcare professionals for "social distancing" are made to help slow the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, many individuals may struggle with isolation. However, for people living with dementia, social isolation can be even more detrimental to their physical and mental health.
To help relieve those who serve as care partners for loved ones living with dementia, members and volunteers of The Veranda, an activity-based respite program in Gallatin, coordinated an Easter Parade to the homes of its clients in the Sumner County area.
The group spent Tuesday, April 7 logging more than 100 miles, stopping at 10 homes and practicing safe-distance measure for short, social check-ins. Wearing protective masks and gloves, they delivered Easter-themed activity baskets and essential paper goods such as paper towels, cups, toilet paper and cleansing items during their brief outdoor visits.