Nancy Herk

Executive Director


Nancy has served as Executive Director of Brunswick Area Respite Care since 1994. In her role as ED Nancy is the primary spokesperson for the agency and oversees the day-to-day operations of the non-profit agancy.

Nancy Herk, as the Executive Director, has been responsible for the development of the program and services you know so well today as “Respite Care”. Since 1994, Nancy and her Board of Directors have created a program like no other. Nancy’s background in developmental education, many years of volunteer coordination and training, has established a very successful model for elder day care programs.

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Program Directors Claire Gosselin, Pam Fortin & Edna Reid

.Claire June 2013
Claire Gosselin, Program Director





Claire Gosselin, Program Director

Claire brings many talents to Respite Care, one of which is her previous career in journalism.  She not only knows the challenges of caring for a memory challenged loved one, and is writing a memoir about it.  Claire recently began co-facilitating the caregivers support group, which meets three times a month.

Pam Fortin


Pam Fortin, Program Director

Pam Fortin recently joing Respite Care, bringing her knowledge in patient care and memory loss support.  Pam has a wonderful sense of humor, loads of hugs and finds her new job challenging and very rewarding. 




Edna Reid, Program Director

 Edna is NEW to The Club and yet, not new to Brunswick residents.  She has cared for many of the areas elders.   Edna started April 18th as Program Director for Mondays & Fridays.  A picture is soon to be posted.. come meet Edna!

We are fortunate to have experienced and devoted Program Directors, (these are the activity leaders for our “club” daily activities and client care):

  • Our three directors are assisted daily by two or more volunteers from a Volunteer organization, the “V”s, of more than 35 people.
  • Our location at the United Methodist Church has been a wonderful gift of space and support that without this contribution, our program would not have survived over the years.

2015 "Club" Holiday Scheduled Closings

NEW YEAR'S DAY (OBSERVED) - Wednesday 1/1/15 - The Club is CLOSED


PRESIDENT'S DAY - Monday 2/16/15 - The Club is CLOSED

MEMORIAL DAY - Monday 5/25/15 - The Club is CLOSED

FOURTH OF JULY - Friday 7/3/15 - The Club is CLOSED

LABOR DAY - Monday 9/7/15 - The club is CLOSED

COLUMBUS DAY - Monday 10/12/15 = The Club is CLOSED

VETERAN'S DAY - Tuesday 11/11/15 Club is OPEN

THANKSGIVING DAY - Thursday 11/26/15 The club is CLOSED

Friday 11/28/14 The Club is CLOSED (The Club takes it's Veteran's Day holiday on this day)

Thursday 12/24/15 Merry Christmas! - The Club is CLOSED
Friday 12/25/15 The Club is CLOSED

Caregiver Commentary

  • "I can't think of a better place for mom to enjoy a few hours a day."

  • "Your 'social club' is the best thing that's happened to us in a long time."

  • "I can't say it often enough-many, many thanks for your loving care for my husband. His quality of life is so much better because of what you offer through this special place."

  • "Because of your fine program, Dad got the social interaction he so enjoyed and Mom got a much needed break from the demands of caring for him."

  • "You are doing such a wonderful job and I know how much it is appreciated by the families of those who are fortunate enough to find themselves in your care."

  • "You are caring for us caregivers as much as for the club participants."

  • "What a difference Respite Care has made in our lives! Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

  • "When people come through the door here you can see them just relax because they know that they can talk (and) someone is going to listen to them."
    -Gentleman with Alzheimer's

  • "Thank you for lifting the burden, lightening the stress and offering a haven for mother."

  • "I will always be grateful for your loving care for both of us."

  • "Every once in a while, we find 'special' place-places where friendships are found-love flourishes and memories are held in heart forever more. Respite Care is one of those 'special' places."

  • "I am completely astounded by the generosity of you people at Respite Care! Because of their gifts, more people in need will get help in the coming years."

10 Ways to Tell Mom about "The Club"

  • #1 - Fun, fellowship and good food!! Highlight the social aspects and downplay the care aspects of the center. The center can be described as a social club.

  • #2 - Discuss the productive aspects of the activities at the center. Explain that she may be there to attend a meeting or to help others.

  • #3 - Describe some of the activities that might be of interest to her. Explain that this is an opportunity to rediscover old interests as well as discover new interests.

  • #4 - Encourage her just to try it for a week or so.

  • #5 - Ask her to do it for you, because you love her. She will be safe and you can go to work and not worry.

  • #6 - Ask her to do it for the whole family. It gives everyone a break from each other and helps the family get along better.

  • #7 - Talk over the health aspects that will enhance her physical and emotional wellbeing. Explain the benefits of light exercise and the emotional benefits of socializing with a supportive group of her peers.

  • #8 - Explain that the doctor has suggested the use of the center and ask the doctor to write an order or prescription for the program.

  • #9 - Explain that this is something that she must do. Do not give her a choice. If necessary, go with her the first few times so she will not feel alone or abandoned.

  • #10 - Don't!! If Mom is highly anxious, do not discuss the visit in advance. The orientation and explanation can take place at the center.

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41 Greenwood Road
Brunswick, ME 04011
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