Community Care

Care for Hurting People.

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We all experience challenges in life – the loss of a loved one, divorce or job crisis. Times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend.  

Community Care equips and empowers volunteers—called Care Givers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered one-on-one care to people who are hurting. Care Givers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we all need when faced with a difficult crisis.

To receive more information, please fill out the form in the upper right column or contact the Community Care ministry by emailing us here or calling 847-488-1800 ext 142

we know there are questions…

What challenges are Care Givers equipped to deal with?

Care Givers support care receivers who are dealing with all sorts of challenges. These include, but are not limited to:

  • The loss of a loved one, divorce or separation, failed relationships, family stress
  • Hospitalization, serious or chronic illness, aging and dying, recovery after an accident or disaster
  • Birth, adoption, miscarriage, infertility
  • Unemployment or job crisis, financial concerns, relocation

Are any challenges off-limits?

Care Givers are not equipped to work with minors, those who are at risk of hurting themselves or others, or those who need mental health treatment, therapy, or medication. When necessary, Care Givers refer their care receivers to health professionals or counselors.

Who are Care Givers?

Care Givers are regular attendees at West Ridge. They have been interviewed and passed reference and background checks.  Care Givers have completed 50 hours of training to provide emotional and spiritual care to individuals facing a crisis or difficult situation. They demonstrate God’s love by coming alongside individuals who need a little extra support.

How do I know if I should request a Care Giver?

If you’re facing a challenge you can’t deal with on your own, or if you find yourself exhausting your friends and family with your challenges, a Care Givers might be right for you. Care Givers are specially equipped to walk with you through large and small challenges.

I have a friend who could use a Care Giver. How can I refer him or her?

First, talk with your friend about the Community Care Ministry and review the program with them. Once your friend is aware of the program and believes it is something they are interested in, they can contact the Community Care Ministry directly either by phone or email. Your friend must contact the Community Care Ministry themselves as you cannot make a referral or contact the Ministry on their behalf.

Do I get a man if I’m a man or a woman if I’m a woman?

Yes, individuals are always paired with a Care Giver of the same sex.

My spouse and I have the same issue. Can we work with a Care Giver together?

While you may be facing the same issue, you’re probably processing it differently. Therefore, it’s beneficial for each of you to have a unique individual to work with. Therefore, Care Givers are assigned one on one and never as couples.

When/where/how often will we meet?

You and your Care Giver decide the details when you initially talk. Meetings occur once a week and will last one hour. The location could be at church, in your home, at a restaurant, or on a park bench—wherever you feel most comfortable. Meetings will continue for as long as care is needed whether that is a matter of weeks or months.

How can I be assured of confidentiality?

Confidentiality is a cornerstone of Community Care Ministry and is emphasized in both training and supervision. Care Givers do not share what is discussed in their caring relationships. Only the two Community Care Leaders in charge of referrals know who is receiving care.

Is there any cost involved?

No. Community Care Ministry is a gift from West Ridge Church to those in need.

Need more info?

To receive more information, you can please fill out the form on this page, email the Community Care Ministry or call us 847-488-1800 ext 142.

 

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