Hand In Hand Partners in Caring is a program of the Jewish Home and Care Center in Milwaukee that trains volunteers to assist residents in the final stages of life. The volunteers go through special training to work with pastoral and nursing services to provide friendship. comfort, vigils and respite to family members when appropriate. “Caring Partners was created to enhance each resident’s quality of life in a peaceful, loving environment.” These volunteers provide an often needed connection between a family and the institution and can serve as a type of patient advocate.
More information is at http://www.jewishseniorliving.org/get-involved.
Rabbi Richard F. Address, D.Min, is the Founder and Director of www.jewishsacredaging.com. Rabbi Address served for over three decades on staff of the Union for Reform Judaism; first as a Regional Director and then, beginning in 1997, as Founder and Director of the URJ’s Department of Jewish Family Concerns and served as a specialist and consultant for the North American Reform Movement in the areas of family related programming. Rabbi Address was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1972 and began his rabbinic career in Los Angeles congregations. He also served as a part time rabbi for Beth Hillel in Carmel, NJ while regional director and, after his URJ tenure, served as senior rabbi of Congregation M’kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, NJ from 2011-2014.