The Thrift Store is open for shopping - Masks required & no children under 12
St. Benedict's Guest House
415 South Crow Street, Pierre, SD
The St. Benedict's Guest House is available for cancer patients traveling to Pierre. If you are in Pierre for cancer treatment at the Helmsley Center, please contact the Social Work Department at Avera St. Mary's at 224-3100 and they will check on availability. See our photo gallery of pictures below! Bedroom suites have TVs, queen or king beds, walk in closets and private bathrooms. The house has a fully equipped community kitchen, computer room/library, large living room and laundry room.
Due to COVID-19, the Thrift Store is limiting the number of shoppers in the store at a time. We are allowing a maximum of 30 shoppers.
*No children under 12 at this time
Travel funds for local cancer patients, lodging for cancer patients coming to the Helmsley Center, memory screenings & financial support for Avera@Home Hospice. Our Thrift Store is one of our main funding sources...visit our Facebook page for more information.
Concerned about your memory?
The Countryside Memory Center provides free screening, education and support.
Simply call 945-0827 for an appointment. This call may be made by your physician, you or a family member. A physician referral is not required.
The Memory Center is not meant to replace your primary care provider. Our consulting physician reviews your results and makes recommendations - this information is sent to your primary care provider. They will provide the diagnosis and treatment plan.
Countryside also offers follow up visits, support for family members and resource information. Please click on the link at the bottom of the page to view our brochure for more information on dementia, Alzheimer's, testing locations and support groups.
The Pennies for Robert program provides lodging and travel funds for cancer patients traveling outside of our community or coming into Pierre for cancer treatment.
From the time he was a young child and all through his long battle with cancer,
Robert Disburg was on the lookout for pennies on the ground. After all, that was a lucky thing. At his funeral in 2003, his parents made sure everyone in attendance would have a penny to take with them in memory of Robert. In the fall of 2004, his grandparents came to the Countryside office with a jar of pennies in his memory - and that was the beginning of the Pennies for Robert fund.
Since 2004, over $800,000 has been distributed for cancer travel.
There are no income guidelines and no application process...just call 945-0827.
Executive Director, Holly Hoing
Community Services Coordinator, Laurie Allison
Office Manager, Marcia Hull
Melissa Shaffer - RN
Cindy Meyer - RN
Crystal Hanson - LPC-MH
Maxine Kinsella - SW
Dr. Ellen Pinholt - Medical Consultant (not pictured)
Click on this link to our brochure to learn more about the Memory Center!
The purpose of Countryside Support & Memory Center is to provide diverse programs for individuals in the community who are faced with cancer, memory loss and end of life issues.
Our programs include the Memory Center, St. Benedict's Guest House, and the Pennies for Robert Bed & Breakfast Program. Support groups are available for breast cancer survivors, dementia caregivers and stroke survivors. See our Calendar of Events for dates and times.
Countryside provides free memory screenings for dementia patients and support services for their families.
The Pennies for Robert Bed & Breakfast Program provides travel funds and lodging for cancer patients who live within 60 miles of Pierre/Fort Pierre who need to travel for cancer treatment, or for cancer patients coming into our community to the Helmsley Center. Lodging provided for Helmsley Center patients at the St. Benedict's Guest House (call Avera Social Work Department at 224-3100 to check availability).
Countryside Support & Memory Center supports Avera@Home Hospice with a monthly donation that goes directly to hospice patient needs in our area.
The Countryside Thrift Store operates on donations from the community and a volunteer base of over 80 volunteers! The store provides ongoing support for all of our programs.
We are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and operate on donations, memorials and proceeds from the Countryside Thrift Store.