Health problems, loss of a job, divorce…whenever neighbors are in need, BeFrienders are available to listen, to support and to care.
BeFrienders provide friendship, emotional and spiritual support by assisting those in transition through personal connections. BeFriender relationships are completely confidential and may vary from a few phone calls to ongoing personal visits over weeks or months.
Part of a national ministry, volunteers complete specialized training before beginning their work. They also engage in ongoing journaling and reflection on their ministry and attend quarterly BeFriender Enrichment Sessions. The group meets quarterly for two hours, and outreach is usually one hour per week.
Whatever moves individuals out of their normal sense of well-being; from the arrival of a new baby to the loss of a loved one, issues of sexual identity, loneliness or other stresses, Saint Joan of Arc BeFrienders are standing by to listen and to care. To learn more about BeFrienders, contact Mary Ann Kelly-Wright at mkelly [at] stjoan.com (subject: BeFrienders) or Carolyn Dobis at cdobis [at] proactinc.org (subject: BeFrienders)