There are countless providers of senior care and services, so what difference, if any, does it make whether a provider is faith-based or not?
Here’s a brief look at why being faith-based is important for the Good Samaritan Society. Hopefully this will add to your understanding and/or inspire you to ask more questions about the subject.
The Good Samaritan Society is not just a provider of services to seniors, but we are, first and foremost, a health ministry. That means that our vision of life together, among residents, clients, staff, families and friends, is one in which God’s love is received and shared. We call this Christian Communities of Care.
How do we know when God’s love is received and shared? We learn from biblical examples. For example, in Jesus’ story of the good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37, we see the importance of taking time to stop and help people in need. We draw from the Society’s almost 90 years of experience along with any resource that is helpful in continually improving the quality of our care and services. And we strive to embed a sense of mission or ministry in all we do, understanding everything we do—every service and component of every service—as an expression of that mission.
Immediately, you’ll see our mission of sharing God’s love reflected in the art and signage in our communities, the presence of devotional literature and spiritual programming for residents, clients and staff, and our practice of opening meetings and meals with prayer.
Our mission can also be reflected in the way a housekeeper cleans an apartment or a resident room, the way a nurse or certified nursing assistant takes a resident’s vital signs or the way meals are prepared and served. Everything we do, if done with great love, can be an expression of our mission. Many of our staff members, residents and clients believe that serving others is one of the best ways to show gratitude to God and experience life to its fullest.
What does Christian Communities of Care mean to you as a resident, client, friend or family member? It means that every aspect of your encounter with the Good Samaritan Society—starting with your first inquiry and continuing with everything that follows—should reflect these goals of our mission:
Does an organization need to be faith-based to do good work? Of course not. But for the Society, we believe that we’ve been the most successful in serving others when we are most closely aligned with our understanding of God’s love and how we are called to share it.
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By Bill Kubat, MS
Director of Mission Integration