ArchCare is committed to supporting the parishes of the Archdiocese of New York to identify and address the health needs of their parishioners. A variety of services have been developed to support this goal.
Developing a parish health network includes a number of services. We can help your parish initiate a Volunteer Health Care Cabinet or other association of pastoral/healthcare volunteers. This is typically a group of volunteers that plan health related events for the parish with support from ArchCare. ArchCare will also help the parish establish relationships with health and social service organizations in the community.
ArchCare’s TimeBank is a free, innovative, intergenerational volunteer service exchange program that enables people to support each other in substantive ways. The TimeBank movement has a 30-year history with over 40,000 participants in 38 nations around the world. It is a reciprocal model in which members can both provide and receive services to and from other members that allow them to access critical assistance and, at the same time, feel useful and productive. Click here to learn more.
2. ArchCare Experience
Help your parishioners to learn more about ArchCare and how they may benefit from the products and services provided. The experience spans up to eight weeks with guest speakers discussing a variety of health topics and an ArchCare professional providing information about ArchCare.
3. ArchCare Information and Awareness
ArchCare will provide the parish with signs and other informational pieces regarding ArchCare to provide additional awareness to the parishioners. We have found that some parishes elect to have this information available in a variety of locations within the church proper or other appropriate parish buildings.
4. Health Information Quick Facts and Tips
We provide information on a variety of health conditions, developed and reviewed by our team of public health and medical professionals, including diabetes, heart health, and fall prevention, among many others. This information may be used in your church bulletin, or as stand-alone flyers. Click to learn more.
ArchCare Joins South Bronx Deanery Meeting; Opens Dialogue, Offers Support.
With ten counties to cover and almost three million souls to engage, the Archdiocese uses a Deanery system of smaller groupings of parishes for local planning, pastoral cooperation and resource sharing. One of these local parish efforts to promote collegiality is in the South Bronx. This is a community with significant spiritual and economic need and ArchCare has often engaged with the Deanery’s efforts to address these concerns. This past Friday was no exception as our Chaplaincy and TimeBank teams, led by VP for Mission, Fr. John Anderson met at length with the pastors of these 17 parishes.
Fr. John met separately with the Deanery followed by a joint presentation from John Schultz, our Director of Health Care Chaplaincy and Omayra Torres, TimeBank’s Supervisor along with Iris Flores, TB Bronx Coordinator. John discussed how the chaplaincy operates in the Deanery as well as how it impacts specific parishes. He received great input collecting several ideas on ways to make this vital ministry more effective in the Deanery. Omayra and Iris had a great impact on the pastors, many of whom were not aware of the scope or level of engagement of TimeBank volunteers. They expressed great interest in this program not just for their parishioners but for the benefits a parish can receive as an organizational member of the TimeBank.
Fr. Anderson noted that meeting with Deaneries is an excellent way for ArchCare to spread the good news of our ministry – reaching a wide audience gathered in one place. He hopes to work with a growing number of Deaneries in the coming year, educating parish leadership across the Archdiocese on our ministry while listening to their needs and how we can work together to strengthen the physical, spiritual and emotional health of the community.
Much more to come!
For more information, please contact Michael Guglielmo, Director of Parish Integration at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1‑646‑633‑4758.