Pastoral Care Week 2017

By | 2017-11-20T09:08:05+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Bishop Anderson House|

Our first full week of Pastoral Care Week events was a great success- we spent each day providing care and support to many, under one area of our mission. On Sunday, October 22nd, Chaplain Paul Goodenough presented "The End is Where We Begin," an advance directives workshop on facing the end of life and it's decisions with clarity and confidence. Monday, Paul supported the patients at the CORE Center. On Tuesday, the 24th Bishop Anderson House staff gave away "swag" at Rush and Stroger Hospitals. We gave out over 300 mini prayer squares, graciously knitted by our friends at St. [...]

Rush Announces New Mission Statement

By | 2017-08-22T08:53:33+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Bishop Anderson House|

Rush Hospital is striving to improve the health needs of the neighborhoods it serves, as made evident in their new mission statement: “improving the health of individuals and communities we serve." By expanding their vision outward towards the community Rush is expanding their impact. The life expectancy for west-side neighbors is less than 69 years, compared to 85 years only a few miles away in the Loop. From April 2016 to November 2016, Bishop Anderson House staff and trustees spent time considering our programs, priorities and resources, and how those factors all affect the impact we have. It was decided [...]

Calling All Volunteers!

By | 2017-07-17T08:52:48+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Bishop Anderson House|

Market Days, presented by the Northalsted Business Alliance, on August 12-13, is the Midwest's largest neighborhood festival. Market Days is a great event to showcase the businesses and people of "Chicago's Proudest Neighborhood!" Food, music, and fun, all in one place! We are going to work gates at the festival, and it's a great opportunity for BAH to raise money for our cause and mission! Shifts range from 10 am- 2 pm, 2 pm- 6 pm, and 6 pm- 10 pm. Interested in joining us and having some fun? Call Becky Duggan at 312.563.4825 or email at All volunteers [...]

New Graduates of SCVT

By | 2017-06-29T13:35:52+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Bishop Anderson House|

Congratulations to our latest class of Spiritual Care Visitors, who completed their 10-week training on June 28.  Hosted by Greater St. John Bible Church in conjunction with Rush University Medical Center, the training was tailored to meet the needs of West Side pastors and their congregations. Graduates shared that the program has helped them deal with highly stressful situations in their family and community. Being able to act in a caring manner is helpful in times of illness, death and trauma, and our training informs students on a variety of situations they might encounter. The ALIVE! project of Rush UMC collaborated with Bishop [...]

Spiritual Care Visitor Training Brochure

By | 2017-07-07T13:37:49+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Bishop Anderson House|

Applications are open through August 18 for the fall sessions of our unique Spiritual Care Visitor Training. This 10-week class equips you with good listening skills and a basic knowledge of how to be a helpful presence with those in crisis. Spiritual Care Visitor Training is especially tailored to people to visit others in a hospital, congregational or assisted living facility, but is useful in a multitude of situations. Sign up for either session: Saturdays, September 9 through November 11      9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. o Redeemer Lutheran Church, 139 E 1st St, Hinsdale, IL 60521 Saturdays, September 16 through [...]

We’re crossing the border!

By | 2017-06-03T11:53:15+00:00 June 3rd, 2017|Education, Volunteer Chaplain Training|

Bishop Anderson House is crossing the border--to Indiana! In our effort to reach more and more people, we are pleased to present two sessions of Spiritual Care Visitor Training; one in Hinsdale, IL, and one in Munster, IN. Choose between: Saturdays, Sept. 9 through Nov. 11, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Redeemer Lutheran Church, 139 E 1st St, Hinsdale, IL 60521 or Saturdays, Sept,16 through Dec. 2, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1101 Park Dr, Munster, IN 46321 Open to people of all faith traditions, this training equips spiritual care visitors with skills for effectively and competently providing [...]

The Art of Healing 2017

By | 2017-05-28T00:18:38+00:00 May 28th, 2017|Advocacy, Education, Friends of the House, Fundraising, Volunteer Chaplain Training|

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. [...]

Community-based CPE Comes to Bishop Anderson House

By | 2017-05-04T09:22:31+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Bishop Anderson House|

Rush University Medical Center, in partnership with Bishop Anderson House, is pleased to announce a unique offering for those interested in Chaplaincy. A community/parish-based extended (26-week) unit of clinical pastoral education will run September 18, 2017- March 23, 2018, with classes held at Bishop Anderson House Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Rev. Thomas S. Rogers, III ACPE, Inc. Supervisor will be supervisor for the group. Students in the unit will need to secure their own clinical placement site. Some options include: a local faith community, a continuing care retirement facility, or a nursing home. Students will engage in 300 hours [...]

Use Amazon Smile to Benefit BAH

By | 2017-03-21T08:13:16+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Fundraising|

Your daily purchases can now support the mission of Bishop Anderson House. It's simple to sign up to use Amazon Smile to Benefit BAH. Just click on this link, Amazon Smile, and you'll be directed to the Amazon Smile page for BAH. Be sure to set Amazon Smile as your bookmark for all your shopping needs, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Bishop Anderson Foundation whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.