It gives opportunities for organizations and institutions of all kinds and types to recognize the spiritual caregivers in their midst and the ministry which the caregivers provide. VNHC was honored to host this workshop and pay tribute to the remarkable work of spiritual caregivers in the Santa Barbara community. Dr. Sandra Kramer Geli, M.D., Ph.Dd, author of “God’s Stethoscope” and an Internist at Sansum Clinic was the featured guest speaker, and presented “What Prayer Means to Me” to nearly 80 guests. All guests received a complimentary, signed copy of Dr. Geli’s book, as well as a certificate of attendance.

Also at the event, four local prominent clergy persons who give their time to hospice spiritual care needs were honored, including Pastor Henry Adams, a Buddhist Pastor for Santa Barbara who was also celebrating the 90 years of Buddhist presence in Santa Barbara, Father Ludo De Clippel of Holy Cross, Pastor Pete Geli, who is retiring after 43 years of service in the SDA Church, and Rev. Elaine Schoepf, the Pastor of First Christian Church. The director of Sarah House, Stephen Jones was also honored for the important work he does for the community. This is the only interfaith event where 26 different denominations came together for the cause of hospice. On behalf of the City Council, Councilman Grant House presented an official proclamation, signed by Mayor Helene Schneider, that recognized VNHC and their community partners in pastoral and spiritual care for their efforts to provide support for the spiritual concerns of the entire community, and proclaimed October 21-27 as Pastoral Care Week in Santa Barbara.

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care is the leading nonprofit provider of comprehensive home health and hospice services in Santa Barbara. Visiting Nurse provides high quality, comprehensive home health, hospice, and related services necessary to promote the health and well-being of all community residents, including those unable to pay. It serves all of Santa Barbara County, including Santa Ynez and Lompoc Valleys. Established in 1908, Visiting Nurse is one Santa Barbara’s oldest nonprofit organizations. For more information on Visiting Nurse & Hospice care, click here or call (805) 965-5555.


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