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We are Renovating!!
Through support from our landlord at 133 E. King St., we were able to be part of the renovation and design of the building next door! Now we could use your help to fund the renovations!! We want to build an incredible community center that is open to all and is truly inclusive and engaging!
The renovation costs are set, then we will want to furnish it, then we will want to have you come volunteer... so many ways to be involved!!
Snow Approach Foundation
The Snow Approach Foundation is an innovative non-profit organization combating the problems of isolation, occupational deprivation, and institutionalization experienced by people living with dementia and related conditions and their caregivers by creating customized community-based services that enable all members of the neurodiverse community to live longer and happier in the place they call home.
As a volunteer you can:
The Snow Approach Foundation is a dynamic, community-based organization that needs the support and input of people with your experiences and perspectives.
Additional Background Information
Teepa Snow in North Carolina
Snow Approach Foundation is led by renowned dementia care expert and educator, Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA. Throughout her over-40-year career, Teepa has led numerous local, regional, national, and international aging initiatives. In light of the growing prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia worldwide, Teepa has partnered with countless families, communities, healthcare organizations, and educational programs to address evolving needs in dementia care. Together, Teepa and her partners have made profound impacts on the lives of people living with the disease and their myriad caregivers locally and globally. Members of the dementia care community credit Teepa’s teaching for shifting public awareness, attitudes, practice, and research toward a more positive approach to care, improving life for everyone involved.
Regardless of her work settings, Teepa has called this community home for over fifty years. She came to North Carolina to attend Duke University then UNC-CH. She and her husband raised their family in the Hillsborough area and now enjoy watching their grandchildren discover all our community has to offer. That is why Teepa believes Hillsborough is the perfect place for the next collaborative, local endeavor.
Purpose of the Foundation
Our purpose is to inspire hope, save lives, and improve quality of life for people living with brain changes (caused by dementia or another brain condition) and the community as a whole. The new non-profit organization will:
Working Mission Statement
The Snow Approach Foundation, Inc.’s mission is to foster the development of a neurodiverse, inclusive community where people living with various forms of dementia or other neurocognitive conditions and their caregivers are enabled to live fully to the best of their ability for the good of the whole community. Through a combination of services for people living with brain changes and those who support them, community members will gain awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and skills to adapt to brain changes at any age while living well in a supportive and accepting place.
What is the Snow Approach?
The Snow Approach is a three-pronged approach to care for neurocognitive conditions. While the approach is based primarily around brain changes that occur with dementia, it is relevant to a broader community concerned with temporary, long-term, or even positive brain changes. In the Snow Approach, people:
Our Early Accomplishments
Experts and community members alike agree that there is an urgent need to change the culture around neurodiversity and care partnering (e.g., reducing stigma around dementia and other conditions, improving awareness, knowledge, skills, equitable access to resources, and community engagement)
The good news is the Foundation has already started making a positive difference in Hillsborough!
Now it is time for the Foundation to shift its attention to the needs of the Hillsborough community more broadly as families, friends, neighbors, businesses, and healthcare groups are all concerned about brain health. Thus, the Foundation is coordinating efforts to develop new services for the community.
The Foundation’s New Programs
Our goal is to build a centrally located world-class center for inclusive community living. Much like the Dementia Village model in the Netherlands, this center will offer a wide range of meaningful activities and life-enriching opportunities. What’s unique about Our Gathering Place is that it will be embedded in the fabric of Hillsborough and surrounding areas, not a sequestered or isolated space. This multi-purpose setting would be designed to enable individuals and their care partners to live longer and happier in the community (i.e., empower individuals and care partners with additional support, increase access to life-long interests, prevent isolation, reduce institutional care).
Access to Services
The Foundation will offer many services for FREE to residents of Hillsborough and the surrounding area, and some services will be fee-based. The Foundation seeks donations to fund these services for anyone who is unable pay. Additionally, the Foundation will be running a capital campaign to begin the process of locating and constructing or rehabilitating a space to house Our Gathering Place. Teepa and members of the Foundation will be spearheading this effort to create one of first neurodiverse inclusive communities in the world. The Foundation will establish a legacy program that will continue to benefit all people of Hillsborough, North Carolina, and the global community facing the challenges of neurodegeneration for the current generation and more to come.