Aldersgate is a related agency of the North Georgia Conference of the UMC serving persons with developmental disabilities. Aldersgate partners with UM churches and other individuals, groups and organizations to provide services to the developmentally disabled, their families, congregations, care givers and communities.
Persons with developmental disabilities are underserved, and Georgia ranks near the bottom of states in support for disabled citizens. Public funding is decreasing, placing these already vulnerable persons at greater risk. This is a stressful situation for the disabled and their families, who provide the vast majority of their care.
“Welcome Home” is a ministry to help individuals with developmental disabilities who want to live independently in the community.
Collinswood of Aldersgate is a universally accessible retreat and recreation center on Lake Oconee. Starting from scratch and assisted by donations of money, time, and talents from within and outside of the UMC, Collinswood is today a very special place. There are three cottages that will each sleep 20 persons. Each cottage has bedrooms, bathrooms, living areas and modified kitchen facilities designed for wheelchair access. There is also a fully equipped dining hall, pavilion and adaptive sports fields and trails.