About Connect Ministry

Where Love Never Forgets

A social program where pathways to improved lives are created by providing a vibrant space with engaging activities and opportunities for building friendships that are supported by people who are passionate about showing love to others and are trained to provide care for people living with memory loss, due to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Stroke, Dementia, or other memory-related disorders.

What We Do

Provide a Community for Memory Loss Participants

Through various programs and activities, we aim to provide a safe and inclusive environment where participants can engage with others facing similar challenges, share their experiences, and build connections.

Provide a Respite for Caregivers

Our program allows caregivers to take a break from their responsibilities and have some time for themselves, knowing that their loved ones are being cared for in a safe and supportive environment.

Provide a Place to Volunteer

Connect is a great place for individuals to volunteer their time and show love and compassion towards those with memory loss. Through our volunteer programs, we aim to create a positive and engaging environment for all of our participants.

Provide Caregiver Support Twice a Month, on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month

Because although caregiving can be gratifying, it can also be challenging, and caregivers need a place to go to share their experiences.

Preschool Interaction

Connect is fortunate to partner with the Christ Episcopal Church preschool, which is housed there. Almost weekly, the preschoolers are invited to participate with the Connect Friends in activities, and both generations benefit from the interactions. It is a beautiful experience to behold

UA Student Volunteers

University of Alabama students are also integral to the Connect Program. We have a Music Therapy Graduate student every semester to lead us in music-related activities that stimulate the brain and help with memory. Music is also a conduit for connection and community. We also have a Social Work intern, who works in the day-to-day activities of the Connect Program. We also are blessed to have students from the University who volunteer alongside us with our participant Friends each week. They are building relationships each week and are making a difference in the lives of these beautiful people who are living with memory loss.

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Showcasing The Impactful Work We Do


See what our Participants' families and Community Partners have to say about Connect
On the way back to Crimson Village, Mrs. Martha was talking about how much she loved going to the "Ballgame" at Connect. I love that y'all give them such genuine experiences! And they loved their pictures (the frames that they embellished with pictures of them inside)! The staff were just raving about how good they were and the residents were just beaming!
Jonacha Ward, RN
Crimson Village
Transition Specialist
Our residents loved every minute of this fabulous tea party! The Connect group really knows how to warm hearts and spread the love. We are so very grateful for this wonderful community partnership!
Wendy Cogburn
Lifestyle Director
The Crossings at Northriver Assisted Living
We had such a ‘TeaLightFul’ Afternoon with our friends from Connect: Where Love Never Forgets!!! They hosted a wonderful afternoon tea party for us with food, tea and games. Everyone had the best time learning to party like the British 🇬🇧 !!! We would like to thank all the volunteers especially Lori Barrett who went above and beyond to create some magical moments for our memory care residents!! Everyone had a wonderful time!!
Stephanie Louise
Memory Care Activity Director
The Crossings at Northriver Assisted Living
Dave loves going to Connect. He tells me the people are friendly, and he always has lots of fun.
Cindy Roff
Memory disorders were not something that I knew much about until my mother was diagnosed with dementia over ten years ago. I learned of Connect through Christ Church once my mother reached the point where 24-hour care was required and I began to search for activities that she could participate in that helped keep her engaged and that she could enjoy. What a blessing Connect has been. Our community is fortunate to have other options for memory disorder patients such as Caring Days and they are all wonderful. The volunteers that support the Tuscaloosa Connect program are special people and so many of them are from the Christ Church family. Fellow parishioners that have known my family and my mother specifically for decades. I can only tell you that Connect is different. I try to visit each week and it is hard to describe the love, compassion and genuine goodness that I see in all of the Connect volunteers. I see it in the eyes and faces of the participants. I feel it from my mother when we hold hands and she looks and smiles at me. Connect is special.
Forrest Fitts

Our Partners

Together, we work towards creating a positive impact in our community

Together, We Can Make a Difference​

Your support allows us to continue helping adults with memory loss​

Your donations are the reason we are able to expand our impact within the community. With your support, we can reach more individuals and provide them with the resources and assistance they need. Together, we can make a positive difference in the lives of those who are most in need.