Our PLACE Update

As July comes to an end construction on our facility is in its beginning phases as both interior and exterior structural walls are being erected. Each week we will update our construction status through the photographs at the bottom of this page. Please watch with us step by step as Our PLACE grows to an operating facility over the next few months. So far we are ahead of schedule, but still have a long way to go to attain our anticipated first quarter opening.  


We continue to push forward with our fundraising efforts as costs continue to move higher than initial estimates. A community wide effort is making Our PLACE a beacon of hope for the more than 9,000 caregivers and individuals impacted by Alzheimer’s/Dementia in Loudon and Monroe Counties, as well as surrounding communities. Our task is a difficult one, but it is made easier because of efforts like those of  Pastor Charlie Barnard who as I write this update is pedaling 442 miles along the Natchez Trace to help raise needed funding with his wife Teresa following close behind in support. It is also made easier because of group efforts from organizations like the Tellico Village Woodworkers who have banded together to help us reduce costs by constructing needed cabinets and storage for our facility. We cannot adequately thank individuals like Pastor Barnard and organizations like the Tellico Village Woodworkers for their contributions to our progress. It is our hope that you and an organization you belong to might consider a fundraiser on our behalf. No effort is too small and we standby to help you in any way possible as we work to attain the estimated $1.4m needed through 2022 to fund the entire project.


The board members of Our PLACE are now engaged in seven different committees to pull everything together for a successful opening and program. We are still in need of volunteers to help with fundraising and events both now and once open. In addition, our volunteer needs after opening center around three areas; working with our clients, working with our programs, and working with our facility. If you think you can commit to at least four hours a week please check out the positions needed in our “Get Involved” tab on this website and fill out the included application indicating your area of interest.


We are most excited about beginning our search for an Executive Director and Program Manager. Please visit the “Careers” tab on this website to see the requirements and qualifications we are looking for. If you can refer someone you know would be great in these positions for both caregivers and clients needing their support please refer them to this website and the “Careers” tab.

Many thanks to everyone reading this update for your continued support as we would not be able to make this facility and its planned programs a reality for those in need without your help. Best wishes.

Jim Dezzutti

Volunteer Chairman


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Listen to today's podcast from UMC that features Jim Dezzutti and Tom Schemberger. Jim is the volunteer chairman of Our Place, a new Adult Day Center that will open in March 2022 to serve the needs of adults and families with Dementia and Alzheimer's.


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