Our part time chaplain Rev. Joe Pridgen lives our mission every day by providing compassionate service to all of our Elders. Chaplain Joe started working at Mountain Haven in 2015 and makes regular rounds to visit our Elders and assists them in prayer, Scripture, Celebration of Life services and special occasions.
Chaplain Joe is also there to lend a hand with puzzles and games or a just a helpful ear to listen. “Participating in life enhancement activities with our Elders helps build a relationship of trust and respect for each other.”
He also carries out the Providence Mission among the staff. “Aside from meeting the needs of some of our most vulnerable citizens, including being their advocate and meeting their spiritual needs, I enjoy working with a great staff. This is not easy work; it takes a special kind of person to perform this kind of service; I’m here for them also.”
Worship services are held each Sunday at 2:00 p.m., which are led by different local community churches on a rotating basis. Each lodge takes turns hosting the service, and various clergy members also visit the lodges throughout the week and on special occasions. Singing hymns is especially popular with our Elders here, and many of the Elders enjoy listening to singing groups and special music provided by caring volunteers from the Seward community. When the weather permits, Elders gather in the Chapel, located in the Commons Building, for singing, worship, prayer or simply meditation.
Our goal in the Spiritual Care Department is to facilitate spiritual growth and enable each Elder to achieve his or her own individual goals along a unique spiritual journey. No matter what the faith tradition—or none at all—we are here to support, encourage and provide a ministry of presence to Caregivers, Elders, and family members.