Amazing Place, originally known as The Seniors Place until Fall 2009, launched our mission in a converted classroom 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 early stage memory loss and their caregiving families.
As the number of participants grew, Amazing Place relocated in 2000 to a small building at 2714 Joanel Street. Eventually growing to a staff of 14 employees and 45 participants per week, we launched the Building for Generations Campaign in 2007 to prepare for the increasing number of adults with early stage Alzheimer's or related dementia. The $7.2 million campaign allowed the organization to build a new state-of-the-art facility at 3735 Drexel Drive. The new building was designed to expand our service to the community threefold, establish an endowment to help offset future operating costs, and build a scholarship fund to provide assistance to those participants with financial need.
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 early stage memory loss. He knew firsthand the struggles experienced by the loved ones of those of 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 churches 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 twelve other local churches to join together to form a collaborative Board of Directors to govern and guide the organization in 1998 – and the non-profit corporation was born. Today, one member from 15 different sponsor churches provide the vision and leadership through their service on the Board of Directors.
Amazing Place is currently located in a state-of-the-art , "green" facility where the organization can serve up to 60 participants per day. A strategic plan was approved by the Board of Directors in May 2015 which will chart the course of the organization through 2020.Eventually the organization plans to consider satellite locations in other parts of the city. Our model day program offers five unique rooms and a beautiful garden for participant activities. Caregiver families also have space designed specifically for their training, education, socialization and conferencing with staff.