Our Programs


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GEMz activities.

Harmony Café

Harmony Café is a place where seniors with mild cognitive impairment, individuals who are concerned about their own memory loss, or family members and caregivers for persons with a diagnosis may practice memory and communication skills in a safe, supportive, and engaging environment. Harmony Café provides a safe space for care receivers and caregivers can interact, laugh, cry, support, share concerns, and celebrate life with volunteers and trained memory-care professionals without feeling embarrassed or misunderstood. Harmony Café is a caring environment that provides person-centered living encourages friendship, and fosters acceptance.

Harmony Café meets to provide activities and lunch on the first Saturday of each month and is open to anyone without formal referral or assessment. GEM does not charge a fee for an individual accompanied by a caregiver.

To learn more about Harmony Cafe, click here to view our video.

Dementia Minute
Click here for an article about how Gem has adapted Harmony Café
during the pandemic

The Power of Art

The Power of Art is a Dare Arts Council program that offers access to arts programming and education to groups with special needs.

Local artists give their time and talent to bring our GEM caregivers and care receivers a variety of arts and crafts. Each specially designed session ends with Music by Angelo Sonesso . Please click here to view our video.

During the pandemic, GEM art classes continued virtually with the GEMz program. Here are some Power of Art Zoom classmates showing their finished spring bouquets.

To learn more about Dare Arts Council’s The Power of Art, click here.

GEMz Power of Art
Zoom Classes…

left to right: Olivia, Ana & David

GEM participants attended a virtual program on the afternoon of August 6th where Barbara Hanft led us as we  crafted stained glass tissue-paper candle holders using the colors of the Lumbee Tribe’s tribal seal. This program was followed by an exciting program on August 13th with The Lost Colony choir.

The Lost Colony choir presented GEM with a performance video just for them, with a live question and answer session with cast members Olivia Schaperjohn and Ruthie Sangster.  GEM Center participants were thrilled and gifted their hand-made candle holders in appreciation and thanks. GEM has been partnering with the Lost Colony forover12 years and we thank Lance Culpepper, Production Coordinator,  for his support over the years!

If you or a family member would like to learn more about GEM programs call Gail Sonnesso, executive director at 252-480-3354.