Part of Greengate’s vision and values has always been to meet the spiritual and holistic care needs of our residents. In each of our villages, we have people from all backgrounds and faiths in both our retirement and aged care communities, and this is especially evident at St Patrick’s Green, Kogarah. This past week has been very exciting for our Kogarah village, as we welcomed some new members to our team of spiritual and holistic care volunteers.
Greengate’s Manager of Spiritual and Holistic Care, Pam Little, said “I’m so excited to welcome our wonderful volunteers to the St Patrick’s Green family. With their help, we’re now able to better meet and fulfill the spiritual needs of our residents in both our retirement village
and our residential aged care home
Since starting at St Patrick’s Green, Pam recognised the need to initiate contact with local parish clergy from the St George area, so as to develop a team of Spiritual Care Volunteers that could provide our residents with sacraments, required scriptures and spiritual care visits. Because of this, the residents of St Patrick’s Green now have a variety of choices on offer to them, which allows them to reconnect with, or remain within, their faith tradition.
“We are already blessed to have Monsignor Henryk onboard from St Patrick’s Church next door. Monsignor Henryk attends St Patrick’s Green every week for Mass, with all residents welcome to attend. This has made a huge difference to the lives of our Catholic residents who aren’t always well enough to leave the village. We also have an Orthodox care volunteer who has been attending the village to chat about Orthodox teachings with residents from the Orthodox faith and anyone else who is interested,” said Pam.
Recently, Rev David Yung, along with the resources from St Paul’s Anglican Church at Kogarah, answered the call to be part of the this very exciting spiritual team. St Patrick’s Green welcomed Rev David to the Greengate family last week with a special Holy Communion Luncheon held in our Dining Room. Team members from the village and head office attended to meet Rev David, along with John, a member of our retirement village who is actively involved in the Anglican community here in Kogarah. We are looking forward to the services Rev David will start running at St Patrick’s Green this March.
With assistance from members of the St George community, St Patrick’s Green plans on further expanding our Spiritual and Holistic Care Volunteer Program. Volunteering with seniors can be a very rewarding experience - many people enjoy giving back to people in our community through the richness of giving time and companionship to someone who may be feeling lonely, missing home or in need of a friendly chat. If you or someone you know would like to volunteer, please call Pam Little today on 0499 159 008 to discuss how we can work together.