In keeping with our commitment to the community, various volunteer and outreach opportunities are available through Spiritual Support Services.
Spiritual Support Services has one full-time chaplain, Joe Hart, and 30 on-call chaplains in case of overnight emergency. Spiritual Support Services is always in search of chaplains willing to be available on an as-needed basis. If interested in on-call chaplaincy, contact Chaplain Joe Hart, Director of Spiritual Support Services, at 443-849-2054.
GBMC participates in multiple community outreach projects, including the Adopt-a-Family Program, which helps support families in need during the holiday season. Kathy Ruane, nurse practitioner at GBMC, provides outreach to senior citizens residing in income-restricted facilities in Towson and treats homeless patients at the Assistance Center for Towson Churches (ACTC).
The Spiritual Advisory Board includes clergy and members from the community, who represent the diversity of faith traditions and belief systems served by GBMC, hospital chaplains and others as designated. The purpose of the board is to advise Chaplains on the spiritual care of patients.
GBMC's Spiritual Support Services has fostered a relationship with the Towson Area Ministerial Association (TAMA), an organization that represents 67 local congregations. TAMA was formed approximately 60 years ago to serve as an advocate for the members of the Towson community.
Multiple volunteer opportunities exist through Spiritual Support Services, including:
- Music program volunteers
- Office volunteers
- Spiritual Support visitors
- Roman Catholic Eucharistic Ministers
- Protestant Communion Ministers
If you wish to become a volunteer for Spiritual Support Services, contact GBMC's Volunteer office at 443-849-2050. GBMC's Spiritual Support Volunteers are provided with four opportunities for continuing education. Volunteers attend quarterly meetings, two of which are with staff highlighting the spiritual dimension of patient care. Volunteers also participate in an annual summer picnic and fall retreat.
GBMC's Spiritual Support Services offers a prayer shawl ministry for patients in the intensive care unit. Prayer shawls provide gesture of comfort to let patients and their families know they are being prayed for and are not alone. Those interested in making and donating prayer shawls for patients may contact Spiritual Support Services at 443-849-2054. A volunteer coordinator is available to help organizations and individual craftspeople develop a relationship with GBMC.
Click here to read an article about the Prayer Shawl Ministry that appeared in GBMC's Volunteer newsletter, Volunteer Focus.