The purpose of the Caring Tree is to provide a structure of guidance and accountability to pastoral and parish care at JRUUC. The structure clarifies the roles of the care providers and the kinds and levels of care that can be offered.
We’re launching our new pastoral and parish care system! Teams have been set up to provide meals, give rides, run small errands, send cards, make visits, and provide mental health support. If you would like to be on a team and haven’t been asked, please contact Rev. Karen.
Our Caring Tree Coordinators are Cindy Rudd and Marla McFadden; please call them, or Rev. Karen, when you’re in need. They can be reached at:
Rev. Karen: 219-221-3371
Services of the Caring Tree:
Meals: Provide meals in instances of birth, death, illness, or injury.
• Provide home cooked or purchased meal for a member/and or family.
• Meal services are coordinated by the team leader using MealTrain.com software.
• Volunteers are referred to the site where they will receive information about diet needs, preferences, delivery dates and times and address.
• Etiquette for delivery of meals is to drop off meals and completed the delivery within 15 minutes. It is not intended to be a “visit.”
• Team members should deliver meals in containers that can be left with the member, or make arrangements for retrieving containers.
• Team members should advise the team leader if there are challenges in delivery (difficulty parking or finding the location, other…) so that information can be clarified on the meal train site for future volunteers.
Rides: Provide rides for doctor appointments, carpools for congregational events (such as MOSES, stewardship events, community work days, Sunday services), or for family support during illness or injury.
• Provide safe and reliable transportation.
• Pick up on time at designated location
• Team members should advise the team leader if there are unexpected difficulties or challenges.
Errands: Deliver groceries, prescriptions, and meals (if needed to assist meals team)
• Errands are usually run without the member present (but not always)
• Payment is to be arranged between the Team member and the member being assisted before the errand is run
• Deliver item(s) to member. Some assistance may be needed, such as putting groceries away.
• Etiquette for errand running is to complete the errand and respond as needed. Any deliveries will be completed within 15 minutes. It is not intended to be a “visit.”
Celebration/Condolences: Send cards to congregants experiencing significant life events
• Acquire, sign, and mail cards
• Maintain records/share information with team leader
Visits: Visit members at their home/hospital with ministerial guidance and support, or provide respite care for primary caregivers
• Provide child care in the event of an emergency
• Provide child care for congregational events
Mental Health Support and Education:
Learn about and provide mental health support to members; educate others in the congregation in this area.