Our Work: Spiritual Care
Our Work: Spiritual Care
Spiritual care services offered to patients at Rogers Behavioral Health thanks to grateful donors
Rogers offers spiritual care resources developed specifically to assess and address the spiritual or religious needs during treatment. Spiritual needs may include unresolved life questions, such as how an individual makes sense of their mental health situation, or how they define good and bad. Or, a person may be looking for the continued sense of hope and community offered by their religion, which spiritual care can offer.
This program is sustained solely by private donations made through the Foundation. Celebrating its 25th year anniversary in 2021, spiritual care is offered free of charge to patients and serves all faith backgrounds and worldviews. The spiritual care staff collaborates with the patients’ treatment teams as a part of the multi-disciplinary approach offered at Rogers. Spiritual care can be found at Rogers’ Oconomowoc, Brown Deer, and West Allis locations.
Donations to this program directly contribute to all day-to-day operations of the department, including the salaries for one part-time and two full-time chaplains, which includes one full-time manager, and a part-time spiritual care intern. This enables us to offer the following resources, depending on the patient’s treatment goals, program, medical status, and location:
In August of 2021, the Spiritual Care Program moved to its new, permanent home in the beautiful Ladish Co. Foundation Center on Rogers’ Oconomowoc campus. The new space features the Tadross Family Chapel, which opens up to a peaceful outdoor meditation garden. It is available for use by Rogers’ patients, staff, families and friends at the Ladish Center.
“Spiritual Care was the most significant part of the treatment process for me. When I came to Rogers, I was spiritually bankrupt. Then one day the chaplain from Rogers walked in, and I decided to go to the group session. It changed my life, and I came to believe very quickly. But it was all so new, it was like I didn’t know what to do—I didn’t even know how to pray. The chaplain told me, ‘Prayer isn’t about the position of the body, but the attitude of the heart,’ and that made so much sense. I think of that quote at least once a day when I pray.”
Spiritual Care at Rogers helped Theresa realize that God created us all differently. “My body is a vessel—it’s just holding my spirit. That’s where the good work is done. It doesn’t matter what you look like. Sometimes I just hold my body and tell myself I’m beautiful.”