New Year, New Fun

Among Friends is a social respite program that offers a safe and enjoyable environment for those facing memory changes or physical limitations. Bring your loved one to meet new friends, participate in appropriate physical activities, sing a few songs, engage in crafts, eat a wonderful catered lunch, and smile. Trained staff and volunteers will give your loved ones individual attention and provide the social interaction they need. Contact us at 715-293-2561 or amongfriendsrf@gmail.com for more information or to arrange a visit.

If You’ve Got the Time, We’ve Got the Need

Among Friends is ready to welcome new volunteers. We are looking for people who want to laugh, talk, sing, move, play, plant, and just have fun.

You don’t need any special skills or experience. We will be holding a training session for all new volunteers soon (at the end of September or early October). You do need to be fully vaccinated for COVID.

Among Friends meets on Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. You can come just in the morning or in the afternoon. You can come every week or once or twice a month. If you are vacationing in the winter for some weeks or months, we understand. If you are called in for grandparent duties, we get it. We can make accommodations.

If you are interested, call us at 715-293-2561 or email us at amongfriendsrf@gmail.com.

Tuesdays Are the Best!

Our friends at Among Friends participate in lots of fun and stimulating activities. We planted flowers a couple weeks ago. We do chair yoga, sing, chat, enjoy a healthy lunch, and just have a great time.

If your loved one with memory loss would like to join us from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., contact us right away. Share this information with friends and neighbors. We have a great program with room for a few more friends to join us.

Join the Fun at Among Friends

Among Friends is a great place for individuals with dementia to have fun. Every day is special–Kentucky Derby Day, the first day of spring, or any day that brings us joy. As spring arrived, we recently tried our hand at arranging flowers into beautiful bouquets.

We also planted flower boxes that we will tend and enjoy all summer.
UW-River Falls students from the companion animal program paid us a visit, bringing with them cute and friendly dogs. And who doesn’t like dogs?

These are just some of the fun activities that our Among Friends participants engage in every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you have a family member, a friend, or a neighbor who might like to join us, contact us by phone or email. We’ll get in touch promptly.

Holidays Are Coming

Before COVID, we got in the holiday spirit by making centerpieces for our tables. One of our creative volunteers, Ruth McNamara, will once again bring her inspiration, pine boughs, and ribbon to inspire our participants and provide their families with something beautiful.

At Among Friends, we celebrate holidays in every way we can, whether we engage in art projects, sing songs, recite poems, or share stories. Most of all, participants and volunteers have fun.

Pancake Breakfast Nov. 14

Pancake breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 14 at the River Falls Moose Hall (620 N. Clark St.) from 9 am-1 pm to benefit Among Friends, the only social respite program in Pierce County for those with dementia and their caregivers. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door, from Among Friends on Tuesdays 8-3 (110 N. 3rd St, River Falls), or by calling Bonnie Jones-Witthuhn at 715-307-1182.

Hello Old Friends and New

Among Friends is open again, and we are so happy to see old friends and to make new friends.

Jan leading chair yoga
Martha making music

Most of our volunteers have returned. We have resumed our chair yoga, songs, and conversations. And we have several new volunteers new life, energy, and ideas to our program.

Some participants who were with us before the Covid shutdown have joined us again, and we have new people who have already attended and few who are going to begin shortly.

If you have a loved one with dementia, contact us about our respite program. If you would like to volunteer, we would love to have you. Call or email us. Among Friends is a great program.

We Are Counting the Days!

It is almost here, the day we have all been waiting for, the day we welcome our old friends and new friends back to Among Friends. On October 5, 2021, we are opening our doors again!

Whether we are making cookies, celebrating holidays, singing, playing games, or just enjoying one another’s company, it is all good for participants and for volunteers.

If you have a loved one with dementia or know someone who does, please contact us for more information about our program. And SHARE this information with your friends and neighbors. Among Friends is a great resource in our community that people should know about.

How About Volunteering?

Among Friends would love to have you as a volunteer when we reopen on October 5th. Do you like to socialize, help with art projects, sing, serve snacks and lunch, take walks, and laugh? If so, you are our kind of people. We are planning a volunteer orientation in September. Give us a call at 715-293-2561 or drop us a line at amongfriendsrf@gmail.com.

We are planning a volunteer orientation in September (we haven’t yet set the date) for all new and experienced volunteers.

We’re Coming Back Oct. 5th!

We have missed you! This pandemic has been rough on all of us–caregivers, participants, and volunteers. We want to be together again to celebrate Derby Day and St. Patrick’s Day, engage in chair yoga with Jan, sing songs with Martha, listen to Bob’s poems, make greeting cards, piece together puzzles, play games, bake cookies, and do all the fun things that we love.

Among Friends is preparing to open on October 5, 2021. Plans are underway so that we can do so in the safest way possible for caregivers, participants, and volunteers.

If you are a caregiver, call or email us so that our staff can determine whether Among Friends is a good fit for your loved one. If you want to volunteer, we would love to have you and your talents. We will be scheduling new training sessions for staff and volunteers.

Call us 715-293-2561 or email us at amongfriendsrf@gmail.com. Hope we can all be together soon.