Calendar of Events

ALL PROGRAMMING HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY MOVED TO Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church, located at 170 St Andrews Rd, Columbia, SC 29210 (across the street from Leeza’s Care Connection).

THANK YOU for your support and patience through this wild act of nature. For more info on the storm’s damages, click here. Or see our live/ up-to-date progress on


Volunteer Appreciation Brunch and Dare2Care Wrap Up
July 7th at 11:00 am

Let us show our appreciation for all YOUR hard work! Bring your thoughts, feedback and ideas of how we can make next year’s Dare2Care even better! Brunch provided by Heartstrings Hospice.

LUNCH ‘N LEARN: Fight the Disease NOT Each Other!
July 12th from 12:00 – 1:30 pm

With different personalities and baggage that exist long before a diagnosis, family dynamics are always challenging when caring for a loved one. Johnsie Douglas with Three Rivers Behavioral Health will teach us ways to deal with the personalities of different family members and the situations and obstacles they present. She will help empower you to not become tangled in their dysfunction! Lunch provided by Three Rivers Behavioral Health. RSVP requested, but is not required for attendance.

LUNCH ‘N LEARN: Ask the Expert – Money Talks!
July 13th from 12:00 – 1:30 pm

What financial concerns should you be concerned with when there is major life change in your family? Leslie Slaughter will address the most common questions she receives from caregivers. This educational event will address the specifics of account registrations, who has access and authorization, what’s the difference between a power of attorney and a conservatorship and the basics of preparing for taking on the financial responsibilities for your loved one. Lunch provided by Colonial Gardens Alzheimer’s Special Care Unit. RSVP requested, but is not required.

July 20th from 12:00 – 1:00 pm

From a chaotic childhood to an acclaimed author, Karr’s memoir is gritty, compelling and courageous. Her comic childhood in an east Texas oil town brings us characters that are darkly hilarious.

LUNCH ‘N LEARN: Medicare – Are YOU Covered?
July 26th from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Catherine De Leon, Manager of Patient Financial Resource Center with Lexington Medical Center will walk us through all your questions on Medicare. From Medicare Parts A & B and Prescription Coverage to Open Enrollment, get the facts here! Lunch provided by Lexington Medical Center. RSVP requested but is not required.


Caregiver Support Groups
You are not alone! Connecting with other caregivers, sharing, venting, learning from each other and our facilitators helps you gain an understanding that you are not alone. Each of our groups below meets twice a month.

Evening group
1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6:00pm – 7:15pm

Daytime group
2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 1:00pm – 2:15pm

Parkinson’s Caregiver Support Group
2nd and 4th Tuesday from 11:30am-1:00pm
Lunch provided by Dunbar Funeral Home.

Caregiver Support Group for Early Stages of Dementia
1st and 3rd Tuesday from 11:30am-1:00pm.

This is a group for both caregivers and care-receivers adjusting to a new diagnosis of dementia and focuses on what you need to know, plan and do in order to live the best life possible in the midst of dementia. Lunch provided once per month by FirstLight Home Care.

Grief Support Group
2nd & 4th Monday from 1:00 – 2:15pm
Connect with other caregivers who have experienced loss and challenges that living with grief brings. Group sponsored by All Seasons Hospice.

Keeping the Faith
1st and 3rd Thursday from 1:00 – 2:15pm
This is a non-denominational support group aimed to connect you with other caregivers throughout their spiritual journey and help you learn God’s truth about yourself.



Caregiver 101 with Carlos “Pops” Gibbons
Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesday from 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Join Carlos “Pops” Gibbons, Jennifer Kistler with LTC Health Solutions and others who have walked the path as they share tips and techniques on how to survive your caregiving journey.

Sit ‘n Stitch
Meets every Wednesday of each month from 10:00am – 12:00pm

Please come and meet others who are on, or have completed, the caregiving journey. Bring your current project or just yourself and learn how to soothe your stress with crocheting, knitting, and companionship. No experience needed!

Love and Support
Meets July 19th from 11:30 – 1:00pm

Join Marsha Ward from Daybreak Adult Care Services in a group discussion for support and resources to those caring for someone with dementia.

Arts and Crafts: Learn to Draw
Meets July 6th & 27th 2:30 – 4:00pm

Join the ladies from Nancy’s Healing heARTS group and Montez English to learn the joys of all things creative! This fun, stress relieving group is a great way to connect with other caregivers and get your creative juices flowing! No art experience needed!

Men’s Coffee Club
Meets the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month at 9:30am

Connect with other caregivers who have walked the caregiving path over coffee and breakfast in our Care Café.

Healing Rhythms: Drumming Circle of FUN!
Meets every 3rd Thursday of the month from 10:30am – 11:30am

Cyndi Boot of Regency Hospice will lead us in the circle of drumming and experience its calming and energizing effects. Group drumming has been shown to help lower stress, enhance the immune system, and it’s FUN!

Beginner Line Dancing
Meets every Tuesday from 1:00 – 2:00pm

Have fun and relieve stress by learning basic line dancing routines! No experience needed!

Mindful Movement
Meets July 13th & 27th from 10:30am – 11:30am

Christy Clonts, wellness coach and certified yoga instructor, will share simple stretch and movement techniques to help reduce stress and anxiety. These techniques also help improve strength, balance and flexibility.

Ladies’ Coffee Club
Meets July 21st from 10:30am – 11:30 am

Join us as we dish about the week and the latest hot topics in life and caregiving! All lady caregivers and volunteers welcome! Smiles and laughter guaranteed! Coffee and Breakfast provided.



New & Noteworthy
How TV and radio host Leeza Gibbons is using her experience as a caregiver to help others Leeza Gibbons is a 60-year-old Emmy®-winning host and New York Times best-selling author, but her roles as an entrepreneur, mother, wife and caregiver are where she’s made her greatest contributions in life. Gibbons’
Leeza visits the set of WIS News and talks with Mary King about Leeza’s Care Connection inaugural fundraising event– Leeza Gibbon’s Dare2Care Fair & Health Expo.    
Midlands native and TV journalist Leeza Gibbons was back in the Capital City over the weekend to host her first ever Dare2Care Fair and Reception. It’s all part of her Leeza’s Care Connection Foundation. The goal of the free fair and health expo on Saturday was to empower parents and
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