“They may not remember what you said, they may not remember what you did, but they WILL remember how you made them feel.”
Many Jewish seniors in the Denver Metro area are living in non-Jewish assisted living facilities and seek connections to the Jewish community. Many of the residents are younger seniors who may want to participate in a discussion group facilitated by a para-chaplain, focusing on current events, Jewish holidays, or the situation in Israel. They may also want to share the Sabbath informally with a small group of other Jewish residents.
That’s where you come in! We need adults—of all ages—to join our para-chaplain training program. Because the senior population and types of residences are changing, we are reinvigorating this program to fully meet the community’s needs.
Following in the footsteps of our current para-chaplains, you will visit senior Jewish adults in non-Jewish facilities or in their own homes. You may have the opportunity to facilitate discussion groups, lead Shabbat and holiday services, or simply sit and visit with a Jewish resident who wants companionship. As a trained para-chaplain, you can participate in this meaningful volunteer opportunity by engaging Jewish residents in a spiritual way, as well as sharing stories, ideas, and bits of wisdom.
A trainer of para-chaplains once said, “They may not remember what you said, they may not remember what you did, but they WILL remember how you made them feel.” Our current para-chaplains have expressed similar sentiments. One dedicated volunteer says, “I am so blessed to be a part of these people’s lives. If you are looking for a great way to connect with people who really want you to be a part of their lives, then I encourage you to train for the para-chaplain program. It will truly change your life.”
And it’s not just about what you’re doing for others; you will get a lot out of this experience, too. A longtime para-chaplain relates, “I meet the most marvelous people. They share their lives with me, inform me about things I know little about, and give me a perspective on life that I haven’t come across before. What an honor to be a part of this!”
The next training will be held at JFS on April 29, May 6, and May 13 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. We encourage you to join us! To be a para-chaplain, you must be Jewish, but do not need an extensive Jewish education. Apply for the training by March 20. The application process includes an interview. If you have further questions, please contact Beth Lippa at 720.248.4599.
-Alaina Green, JFS Marketing Department