One-to-one Care creates relationships where highly trained volunteer caregivers provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.
How One-to-one Care Works
The best way to understand how One-to-one Care works is to learn about three groups of people involved in this ministry:
- Care Leaders
- Care Givers
- Care Receivers
One-to-one Care Leaders
One-to-one Care Leaders—Direct the overall ministry in the congregation. They—
- build awareness of our care ministry within the congregation and community
- recruit and train One-to-one Care Givers
- meet with potential One-to-one Care Receivers to assess their needs
- match care receivers with care givers
- provide care givers with ongoing supervision and continuing education
People learn to serve as One-to-one Care Leaders by attending a Leader’s Training Course—a one-week leadership training conference that develops key skills and gets people excited about this caring ministry.
One-to-one Care Givers
Care Givers are congregation members trained by to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. A care giver usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour.
Twice a month, care givers gather with their leaders for supervision and continuing education.Apply to become a One-to-one Care Giver
One-to-one Care Receivers
Care Receivers are people—congregation members and others in the community—who receive care from a one-to-one care giver. These are people struggling through a difficult time in life—experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis.
Some important guidelines for this caring relationship protect both the care receiver and the care giver:
- The relationship between a care receiver and a care giver is confidential.
- Men are matched with men; women with women.
When a care receiver’s needs exceed what a one-to-one care giver can provide, the leadership team makes a referral to an appropriate mental health professional or other community resource.