Community Chaplaincy Program seeks volunteers

The Community Chaplaincy Program of Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) is in search of volunteers to spend time with residents of long-term care facilities, provide companionship and a listening ear. All volunteers receive personalized training from the community chaplain on the aging process and communication with the elderly. Volunteer duties include visiting with assigned residents at least once a month and engaging residents in appropriate communication activities.      

The purpose of the program is to reduce the isolation experienced by many residents of long-term care facilities, help residents maintain their highest possible level of functioning and help them maintain a connection to the Jewish community. Rabbi Elizabeth Hersh leads the program and visits with nearly 400 Jewish residents throughout the St. Louis region each month.

“This program provides residents with a connection to the outside community and enhances their quality of life,” said Rabbi Hersh in a news release. “The program would not be complete without the dedication of our volunteers. They impact the lives of these individuals in such a positive way through the simplest of gestures, such as playing cards or just listening to their fascinating life stories.”

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and be able to provide their own transportation.  For more information about the Chaplaincy volunteer program, please contact Kelly Mueller at 314-812-9386 or [email protected].