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A Visit From Chaplain Jim

Three people in the grip of serious addiction, two dealing with heroin, one with alcohol.  All dealing also with HIV.  One is receiving methadone treatment at the hospital, hoping to transition to a residential facility where she can get the help and support needed to stay off the street and away from the cycle that has repeatedly drawn her in.  I listen and we talk about her strengths and weaknesses, what works for her, what works against her.  She wears a mask (I do too) but when she talks about her resilience her eyes smile in a beautiful way above the mask.  We talk about [...]

By |2018-11-07T17:38:05+00:00November 7th, 2018|Bishop Anderson House|0 Comments

“House” Party at Lagunitas! 11/12/18

Monday FUNDAY!  We're having a HOUSE Party on Monday, November 12! Come after work for Barbeque, Beer and Beats--and support chaplaincy and spiritual care in the Illinois Medical District. It's right in the neighborhood at Lagunitas Brewery, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Lagunitas will generously donate the proceeds from all beer sales to Bishop Anderson House, Where Health Care Meets the Human Spirit. Enjoy Chef Jupiter's Amazing BBQ and Mac n Cheese from Frontier Restaurant as you sip Lagunitas' tasty brews. Single Tickets only $15.00  Buy 2, Get One Free--3 Tickets for $30 Our Best Deal, the 6 pack--6 Tickets for [...]

By |2018-10-23T10:48:51+00:00October 15th, 2018|Bishop Anderson House|0 Comments

Not one, but TWO new Chaplains

Thanks to donor support and board member passion, we were able to double our capacity at Stroger this month We are thrilled to introduce you to Matt Seeds and Micheal Smith, our two new chaplains at Stroger Hospital. Matt and Micheal started this week and they will be providing more coverage in the Cook County Hospital Trauma and Critical Care Units than ever before offered. Matt hails from Pennsylvania and has been working as a chaplain and manager of spiritual care over three continuing care retirement facilities (there were 26 communities in total that were part of this system).  He completed his [...]

By |2018-10-16T11:41:42+00:00October 14th, 2018|Bishop Anderson House|0 Comments

Spiritual Care Week Focus–Caring for Hospital Staff

The work days are long, and the tasks are intense, but everyone at the CORE Center of Cook County gives 110% day after day to ensure the highest quality care for people living with infections diseases. This year, to celebrate National Spiritual Care Week, Bishop Anderson House is partnering with CORE to present "Breathe Deep Day." The Rev. Laurie Michaels will present deep relaxation sessions so that everyone from administrative staff to physicians to case workers can take a break and learn a valuable self-care tool to fight burnout. Self care always includes healthy snacks and beverages, and we throw [...]

By |2018-10-16T13:18:01+00:00October 1st, 2018|Bishop Anderson House|0 Comments

Campaign Kicks Off at The Art of Healing

  On May 6th we officially kicked our Campaign for the Next 70 Years.  At The Art of Healing benefit, Executive Director Tommy Rogers proclaimed that  Bishop Anderson House has set a goal of raising $1.75 million over the next 3 years--and generous donors have already pledged $600,000. We are building a financial base to ensure that we can provide Chaplaincy, Education and Spirituality and Wellness through the end of this century. Our bold new vision of hybrid spiritual care visitor education combining in-person classes with online training will become a reality. Named the Ron Valentine Spiritual Care Visitor Training Center, [...]

By |2018-06-11T16:37:52+00:00May 15th, 2018|Bishop Anderson House|0 Comments