Chaplain Micheal Smith provides spiritual support for patients recovering from serious injuries in the Burn Unit at John H. Stroger Hospital as a part of the interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, social workers, physical therapists and other ancillary members of the Burn Unit. During the harshest weather months the Burn Unit experiences a significant increase in patients, including a large number of housing and food-insecure patients. Many homeless patients are immediately faced with the challenge of securing food after discharge, for some even when he or she is being discharged to a shelter. Recognizing this essential need and with the full support of Bishop Anderson House, Micheal partnered with Burn Unit nurses, social workers and staff dietitians to create “Samaritan” bags with non-perishable items for the discharged homeless and food-insecure patients. Bishop Anderson House will supply, via donations, enough backpacks to ensure that no one goes hungry after leaving the hospital.

St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church has already signed up to the the first partner of the project, and the members of the congregation will be filling 10 backpacks with cheese crackers, beef jerky, applesauce, pudding cereal bars, nuts and dried fruit, Vienna sausages, protein drinks, plastic flatware and hand wipes. Thanks, St. Chrys! Would you like to be sponsor a month? Contact Ann, Ann_G_Ryba@rush.edu today.