The Pastoral Care Volunteer Program is an outreach of
the First Unitarian Church in San Jose. The purpose of
Pastoral Care is to support the community with regard
to issues of illness and convalescence, and grief and
We all experience the feeling of loss or transition at
one time or another.
Pastoral Associates bring with them the caring
presence of our Beloved Community for support in times
of convalescence, illness, grief, and loss.
Pastoral Associates serve those in the First Unitarian
community who are hospitalized or homebound due to
chronic or acute illness.
In addition, we offer spiritual and emotional support
for grief and loss through compassionate listening and
visitation; and also practical logistical support
through specific services to individuals and their
families. These services are free of charge.
A Pastoral volunteer, under the supervision of the
ministerial supervisor, provides the following
. Home / hospital visits
. Spiritual / emotional support
. Practical support
. Respite for caregivers
Confidentiality is strictly maintained.
Some questions you might have about Pastoral Care are:
If my family member has a pastoral care volunteer
visiting, does that mean that I am not meeting their
Not at all. A Pastoral Associate is meant to provide
additional support and relief for the family and
How often will a pastoral volunteer visit?
frequency of visits will be determined by the people
who are visited. A visit generally would take place
every week or two and last about an hour.
What if I cannot think of anything to say?
pastoral volunteer will try to support you in whatever
way you determine is best. It might be listening and
responding-without giving advice or making judgments.
What if I cannot afford it?
We do not charge a fee for
this volunteer service; however should you wish to
make a donation, it will be gratefully accepted.
- For pastoral care, please contact Rev. Nancy (408) 292-3858, ext. 23 Mon.-Thurs.; cell (408) 952-9418; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Rev. Geoff (408) 292-3858, ext. 25 Mon.-Thurs.; cell (408) 309-7796; e-mail: GRimositis@gmail.com.