- Reverend Marianna Sempari, BFHP Interfaith Chaplain
BFHP’s Interfaith chaplain works closely with Program and Outreach staff to serve clients across the agency:
Veterans’ Transitional Housing
Russell Street Residence
Veteran Peer Outreach
- Individual spiritual care/pastoral counseling — with referral to appropriate care providers when indicated (medical, psychiatric, substance abuse…)
- Meditation and prayer groups
- Individual prayer
- 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.