BFHP’s Interfaith chaplain works closely with Program and Intake staff to serve clients across all our programs and at each of our sites:
Men’s Housing Program
North County Women’s Center (NCWC)
Russell Street Residence
Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)
- Individual spiritual care/pastoral counseling — with referral to appropriate care providers when indicated (medical, psychiatric, substance abuse…)
- Meditation and prayer groups
- Individual prayer
- Children’s story hour and Supportive Mothers Group (NCWC)
- Pastoral care visits for clients in our residential programs, and those living outdoors
- Hospital and hospice visits
- Home pastoral care visits for newly housed clients
- House blessings for newly housed clients
- Spiritual support for a client or family member/members in arranging funeral/memorial services
- A spiritual representative attached to a secular institution. Chaplains represent multiple faiths, and provide spiritual and emotional care for those in need.
- Certified (with a Master’s Degree in theological education) and ordained (by a particular faith denomination).
- Performs weddings, funerals, and memorial ceremonies; administers communion, delivers spiritual messages, offers prayer at public meetings, and provides regular counseling.
- Chaplains meet the need of the moment, usually through listening and prayer.
STREET CHAPLAIN all of the above, and…
- Works in a community to bridge the gap between the unhoused and general populations.
- Provides spiritual care and companionship for people who live outdoors.
- Provides a safe, visible, familiar, and approachable presence in the community.
- Helps build healthy, life-affirming communities.
Pastoral care is concerned with the support and nurture of persons and interpersonal relationships. It recognizes and responds to the needs of the human spirit when faced with trauma, ill health or sadness and can include the need for meaning, for self-worth, to express oneself, for faith support, perhaps for rites or prayer or sacrament, or simply for a sensitive listener. The most important part of what one brings to pastoral care is one’s presence.
Pastoral counseling is a component of pastoral care – yet is more structured and focused on a specific need or concern. Counseling always involves some degree of “contract” in which a request for help is articulated and specific arrangements are agreed upon concerning time and place of meeting.