Spiritual Care – Waterston Centre
We at Waterston Centre are aware that the men who come to us for shelter are faced with many difficult experiences and they often need someone to listen to the hurts and frustrations within their being.
The chief role of the Chaplain (Spiritual Care Coordinator) is to do just that – LISTEN – and then to appropriately respond to the hurts and frustrations of the residents in a compassionate manner.
The following services are presently provided by the Waterston Centre Chaplain:
* Tues – Thurs week-day mornings the Bible is read and prayer is offered during breakfast. There are usually 70 to 80 residents present when this devotional type of spiritual care is provided. There are always positive comments. The staff also looks forward to this style of sharing during breakfast.
* Every Wednesday morning the Chaplain conducts staff devotions. Staff is advised by public announcement of the devotions.
* Once per week morning Waterston House residents are invited to B, C and D – an acronym for Bible, Coffee and Donuts. The Chaplain shows a short video on some aspect of spiritual life and that is followed by a time of discussion.
* Every Tuesday afternoon, a special pop-corn and singing is held in the SRP (Supportive Residential Program). Each resident of the SRP is treated to pop-corn and a beverage while singing hymns and contemporary songs.
The Chaplain makes sure that every resident and staff get a birthday card.
The Chaplain is always very visible at Waterston Centre making sure that visibility means availability.
Residents are encouraged to attend a church of their choice.
The Chaplain is sometimes called upon to provide clothing, toiletries, etc.
The Chaplain is the chief fundraiser and supplier for Waterston Ministries Christmas season.