Spiritual Support Volunteers

Spiritual Support Services

Visiting those who are sick in the hospital is a powerful and humbling ministry, and our Spiritual Support volunteers truly make a difference.

Spiritual Support volunteers come once (or twice) each week to visit patients and their families, offering support and sometimes prayer. They provide a listening ear and caring presence. No prior experience is necessary, simply compassion and a willingness to learn. We train and mentor you until you feel comfortable on your own. Our focus is always to support and honor the patient’s own beliefs, we never, ever evangelize or “witness.”

There are three types of Spiritual Support volunteers in Oakwood Healthcare.

Our Spiritual Support “Day 2” volunteers come from all faith traditions and provide an initial assessment visit to each new patient, taking time to listen to their needs and concerns. This initial visit helps us know if a visit from a chaplain is needed. These volunteers may also do follow up visits with patients who request prayer and enjoy having someone to talk to.

Another special group of Spiritual Support Volunteers are the Eucharistic Ministers who offer Communion to our Catholic patients.

Our third, and not to be overlooked, volunteers are our Administrative Volunteers who help with administrative tasks, addressing and assembling our bereavement mailings to families who have lost a loved one, assembling the kits we give to our moms who have had a pregnancy loss, and just pitching in where they are needed.

Learn more about Volunteering at Oakwood.

If you would like to learn more, please call:
Chaplain Beverly Beltramo, MA BCC
Director of Spiritual Support Services
313.982.5698