The Art of Healing 2017

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Special guests made for a very special evening at the 2017 Art of Healing gala. Preston Bradley Hall was filled with 200 generous friends who donated over $80,000 to support Chaplaincy, Education and Wellness/Spirituality at Bishop Anderson House. Dr. Jay Shannon, CEO of the Cook County Health & Hospitals System congratulated honorees Dr. Kimberly Joseph and The Rev. Carol Reese on their efforts to bring spiritual care to patients at Stroger Hospital. Trauma surgeon Joseph shared her vision for opening a Pastoral Care department at Stroger, saying, "If we cannot heal the spirit, we cannot resuscitate the body." Rev. [...]

A Glimpse into Chaplaincy

Recently we were honored to give our partners at Project Connect a space of peace for their grief and stress as they care for folks living, and dying, with HIV/AIDS at the CORE Center.  Chaplain Jim read this lovely reflection about chaplaincy at a memorial service held in our comforting office space. During the early hours of the morning, I attended to the needs of a terminally ill gentleman and mentioned to him that it hard started to snow. In a very weak voice he said, "I would so like to touch the snow once more." The snow continued to fall through [...]

By | 2017-03-08T10:52:55+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Advocacy, Chaplain|0 Comments

The Art of Healing 2017

Join us at The Art of Healing 2017 Chicago Cultural Center May 7, 2017, 5 to 8 p.m. Buy your tickets--$125 per person Purchase a table of 10, $1250.00 Enjoy cocktails overlooking Millennium Park and dive into a divine dinner prepared by Jordan's Food of Distinction. Honor The Rev. Carol Reese and Dr. Kimberly Joseph as we celebrate their efforts to bring chaplaincy to patients at Stroger Hospital. Bid on one of a kind prizes, including a catered picnic for 8 at a Grant Park Music Festival Concert Your generosity will sustain us as we grow into our mission statement: "Advancing the well-being of individuals [...]

Annual BAH 2016 Newsletter

The Annual Newsletter is here! 2016 has been a busy year for the staff of Bishop Anderson House, and our programs have thrived, and so the theme of our newsletter is "Gratitude." We have notes and stories from all our staff, updates from our Board of Trustees, and a few alumni spotlights from our Spiritual Care Visitor Alumn! If you would like to receive a copy, please let us know by calling the office at (312)563-4825, or by emailing Director of Development, Becky Duggan here.   Click here to read the 2016 BAH Newsletter

#HurricaneMatthew–providing spiritual care in face of disaster

Bishop Anderson House Chaplain Jim Croegaert is also a volunteer with the Red Cross Disaster Spiritual Care team. He just returned from a 2-week mission of mercy to Greenville, NC, comforting residents whose lives have been upended in the flooding after Hurricane Matthew. Bishop Anderson House sent over 100 Teddy Bears and a full box of prayer shawls to assist in his spiritual care efforts. From Jim's posts: "Last Tuesday evening I was asked to depart on Wednesday, Oct. 12, to be part of the early Red Cross Disaster Spiritual Care effort. I am in Greenville, NC, about midway through, coming [...]

By | 2016-10-25T10:32:09+00:00 October 25th, 2016|Advocacy, Chaplain|0 Comments

Congratulations, Chaplain Paul!

For the past 12 months, Paul Goodenough has been serving as Bishop Anderson House's full-time chaplain fellow at Stroger Hospital. Paul's passion and compassion have earned him the respect of his colleagues in the Trauma unit and throughout the hospital. After months of patiently working to become fully "badged" in the Cook County Health System, Paul now proudly wears the Stroger badge and will be able to provide an even higher level of care to patients. We share in his delight at being fully incorporated into the Hospital system. Paul recently completed his 2000th hour of supervised professional chaplaincy, and [...]

By | 2016-10-04T15:23:32+00:00 October 4th, 2016|Advocacy, Chaplain, Education|0 Comments

Walking the Extra Mile for AIDS Walk 2016

Glad to support our friends at Project Connect as they "Walk the Extra Mile" to support their patients at the CORE Center. Two days a week, Chaplain Jim provides spiritual care to the patients at Stroger Hospital who live with the health complications of AIDS/HIV. Until Bishop Anderson House stepped in, this client population had no chaplain services and Jim has quickly become the "go-to" person for staff seeking to serve patients fully. We are also active in offering self-care events for the staff at the CORE Center--next on tap is a day of Pause, Relax and Repair workshops presented [...]

By | 2016-09-15T12:43:37+00:00 September 11th, 2016|Advocacy|0 Comments

Partnering with Episcopal Charities and Community Services

For over 50 years, Bishop Anderson House has been affiliated with Episcopal Charities and Community Services in the Diocese of Chicago. In 1957 the first “United Episcopal Charities Appeal” raised $37,000 as a result of a consolidated appeal for funding to support the work of eight partner agencies, and ECCS has been a major supporter of BAH ever since. Every year since its founding in 1960, Episcopal Charities makes annual grants to ministry partners. These grants are especially valued because they are for general operating support, providing the resources agencies use to ensure excellence in their ministries. The average grant [...]

Friends of The House

Our newest venture, ‘Friends of the House,’ serves people whose hearts are hungry for community and who wish to put their hands to work serving others. With a goal of building support for extending the ministries of Bishop Anderson House through regular giving, the group gathers regularly in service of patients and staff at Project Connect at the CORE Center of Cook County and Warren Barr Pavilion Medicaid Nursing Care.  Each service project is followed by a free social adventure, from free tequila tastings at Blue Agave to a Back to School tailgate. Our initial event, collecting winter clothing at our benefit at DS Tequila, garnered over 100 items [...]

Rooted in our History and Faithful to our Values

Plotting the course to a vibrant future As you may have heard by now, Bishop Anderson House will be undertaking a strategic planning process in 2016.   At its January meeting, the board of trustees made the decision to be guided in the strategic planning process by Dr. Richard O’Neill, Professor in the Institute for Decision Excellence and Leadership at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY.  What is distinctive about Dr. O'Neill’s process is that the plan will emerge from the board itself.   We have a very talented board of psychologists, clergy, medical doctors, business professionals, artists, and lay [...]