Welcome to the all-new Meet Houston Missions podcast where we get to talk to Tracey Brown, the Executive Director of Amazing Place Houston. Amazing Place Houston was founded in 1996 under the name The Senior Place by Reverend Dean Robertson at St. Lukes Methodist Church, Amazing Place Houston serves people of all kinds who have been impacted by dementia from the patients themselves to family to support professionals.
When it formed, it operated out of a couple of converted classrooms at the founding church. But it grew. In 1998, the senior pastor Dr. Jim Moore invited 12 other congregations to create a Board of Directors and the vision became a nonprofit.
The goal is to equip people with the essential training and tools to know how to respond to and handle dementia. They do this in a number of ways that include providing support to the family, friends, and caregivers including training court, brain exercise course, and even a daycare class for people suffering from dementia.
Amazing Place Houston’s paid daycare for dementia patients provides them with a wide variety of activities to enrich dementia patients’ lives. It is open on weekdays from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm. They have bilingual (English and Spanish speaking) staff. There are various tuition packages to meet full-time and part-time needs and various budgets. Additionally, they offer scholarships, and some tuition may be eligible for long-term care insurance reimbursement. Amazing Place Houston is a service provider for the Veterans Administration (VA). The VA may cover up to 3 days of attendance per week for those who qualify.
The main address is for Amazing Place Houston at 3735 Drexel Drive, Houston, TX, 77027. But there are several different churches where classes are taught for caregivers, medical professionals, and people just wanting to learn more about recognizing symptoms and making dementia patient’s lives better. You can learn more about the various classes, locations, and opportunities by visiting https://www.amazingplacehouston.org/.
Amazing Place Houston has a number of full-time staff members and professionals but they are in need of volunteers. Volunteers may help serve food, participate in activities, or simply just spend time interacting with students. All ages are welcome to volunteer.
How to Get Involved
If you would like to get involved or obtain more information about Amazing Place Houston, please feel free to reach out to Day Program Director Carol Cooper at 713-660-1375 or [email protected].