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 [...]
We welcome 7 new talented and enthusiastic trustees to our board. We are excited to have their skills and passion for our work as we move into 2017. Mary Altenbaumer Harry Cendrowski Beth Collier Trevor McClain-Duer Linda McMillan Crystal Plummer John Schumacher
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
Paul Goodenough is the recipient of the 2016 Phoebe Griswold Grant for instituting the Stroger Family Trauma Bereavement Group which focuses on violence prevention and trauma intervention, so that families can cope, and communities can heal in meaningful ways. The program addresses the needs of the mothers who receive education and encouragement about coping with trauma and in turn, provides support to a whole family. When the mothers meet, they create a common bond and have a greater sense of solidarity and empowerment. THANK YOU, EPISCOPAL CHURCH WOMEN!
Bishop Anderson House: Providing Chaplaincy, Presenting Educational Opportunities and Promoting Wellness for over 60 years in the Chicago area. Please consider Bishop Anderson House in your end of year giving. All December donations will be matched up to $10,000, thanks to generous challenge match donors. Please donate generously this season so that the sick, the lonely, the shunned and the grieving can be cared for and comforted. Click now to donate.
The Bishop Anderson House family gathered around our new table last week--literally and figuratively! We were joined for breakfast by Penny McMillan, grand-daughter of THE Bishop Anderson, her daughter Susan, and daughter-in-law Linda. Penny regaled us with family stories and helped us learn more about the Anderson descendants. The family particularly enjoyed seeing an historic photo of Bishop Anderson that Becky found online. We are forever grateful to the McMillan family for the substantial donation that made much of the office restoration possible and appreciate their efforts to keep their family legacy vibrant. Later in the afternoon, group of BAH friends (our family) [...]
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 [...]
Sharing her insights into spiritual resiliency and contemplation, The Rev. Lisa Senuta recently helped a group of care-givers develop some tools for strength in the face of caring for loved ones. A diverse class of lay chaplain training alums, professional chaplains, clergy and friends of BAH gathered in our cozy living room for 4 hours of peace and meditation. Lisa created a space for participants to step away from caregiving for self-care and silence. Taking the time to reconnect with nature and take time for self was a powerful theme of the day. The workshop was an ideal way to honor the theme [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]