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Contact Person(s):Rev. Lucy Sanders
At Sherrill House we are committed to the principle of our motto "Diligunt Sanant" or "They Who Care, Heal." We are committed to spiritual and religious support for our residents. We are an independent, not-for-profit, skilled nursing and rehabilitation center for seniors and other needing our specialized care. We are located in the vibrant Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. We are an extension of the ministry of Trinity Church Boston, located in Copley Square, and the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. Our website has information on our rich history.
Sherrill House is a non-sectarian, racially and culturally diverse facility where religious faith and spiritual practices are important for most of our residents. Most residents want to see a chaplain and so there are many varied opportunities to minister. We have a high percent of staff who are also religious. Ministry here can help students learn listening presence and how to be comfortable with and talk with seniors about faith and life. Students will learn to minister to residents who are dying and to their families, minister to seniors with Alzheimer’s and related dementias and use talents in music and other arts. We have Spanish speaking residents and some who only speak Spanish so speaking Spanish is helpful. The residents teach us much about God, faith, life and dealing with aging and decline, thus ministering to us as well. Ministry here will dispel myths and fears about seniors particularly those in nursing home, help students examine their beliefs, fears and anxieties about aging and to incorporate this learning into their spiritual lives. The long term relationships with residents enhances the quality of their lives and ours.
Opportunities for Student Involvement:
Most of the student's time will be spent in Pastoral Care and Counseling in individual visits with residents. Also there are opportunities for engagement with Preaching and Worship and spiritual/religious group creation and/or leading. Singing and playing instruments is helpful, including the piano and guitar.
Travel to Sherrill House takes about half an hour by car. We have free parking.On the T, we are an hour or more depending on traffic. We are across the street from the end of the E Green line at Heath Street. We are a 10 minutes walk from Brookline Village on the D Green line. There are other routes on the T that can be discussed.
Arts of Ministry Competencies Offered:
- Pastoral Care and Counseling
- Preaching and Worship
Weekly supervisory sessions are required, and the student will be supervised by Rev. Lucy Sanders. Chaplain Erin Keane is also on staff.
Students must complete a CORI check, receive medical clearance by their doctor within a year of last appointment and TB test one month in advance of start date.
Number of Students: 1
Total Compensation: $4000.00
Type of Compensation: work study