Throughout 2014 and 2015, the Board of Directors and advisors of Project Compassion Ministries (PCM) embarked on a comprehensive and strategic re-design of the entire ministry organization, including programs, projects, financials, fund-raising, and marketing and branding. This redesign project re-aligns the mission of PCM with previous and revised goals in five different areas: 1) to empower, enable, and renew the spiritual care of residents in nursing homes and other senior venues; 2) to ensure efficient agency leadership, management, and fiscal responsibility; 3) to nurture support and facilitate the continuous growth and development of the PCM staff 4) to strengthen, renew, and expand relationships and involvement with churches and the community; and 5) to strengthen, renew, and expand events and activities that promote and market PCM and facilitate community awareness and outreach. Each of these goals and related activities and benefits to our target population will be explored in future blog posts and PCM newsletters.
To assist in the marketing and promotion of PCM and its mission and activities for seniors, we commissioned an entire redesign of our logo and our website. We have also reactivated our Facebook page and Twitter account! Through these updated electronic outlets we are looking forward to expanding the awareness and increase the participation in the two major components of PCM: the Chaplaincy and the Love Bus programs.
The PCM chaplain provides spiritual care to nursing home residents, which enables them to draw on their faith and helps them to cope with serious illnesses, feelings of abandonment, isolation, and hopelessness. The chaplain offers one-on-one pastoral care for the residents, providing an opportunity for them to share their thoughts and concerns with a trained pastoral care chapter in a private setting. In addition to private visitation, the chaplain also offers group or individual Bible studies and church services on a regular basis.
The “God’s Love Buses” program provides an opportunity for elderly residents to take several annual fun-filled and informative trips outside of the nursing home, which boosts their spirits and helps provide connections to the outside community. The State of Michigan-certified bus drivers and trained volunteers assist the nursing home staff members to help residents in wheelchairs enjoy valuable time away from the facility and out in the community.
To find out more about the programs provided by Project Compassion Ministries, please log onto our website. You may also contact our Executive Director, Chaplain Eric Stinson, by calling (313) 897-7470, or by emailing him at EricStenson@projectcompassion.net.