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St. Michael Visitation Ministry

St. Michael the Archangel’s Visitation Ministry is dedicated to forming true friendships with the homebound and residents of nursing homes. By these relationships we hope to enrich and improve the quality of life of the elderly, especially those who are lonely, depressed and forgotten. And through Christian love these visits will relieve stress of the family and caretakers often associated with caring for the elderly.

Who We Serve:
Catholics and non-Catholics, parishioners and non-parishioners in the Tri-town area. Anyone in our community who would benefit from a friendly regular visit. Anyone needing encouragement, comfort, or a sense of belonging would profit from a visit.  While at times that seems like everyone; certain individuals who especially need to be reminded that they aren’t forgotten.  These can include: the elderly, the homebound or disabled individuals who live independently. If you have an hour a week, you can provide a much needed connection for these cherished ones.

Volunteer Requirements:
The art of listening, a kind heart and the ability to give one hour or more each week to fostering a relationship with a homebound community member. We ask that you have a schedule that will allow for consistent visits and phone calls.

How It Works:
We will pair up each volunteer with a community member based in our area. We will match you with the frequency of time you are willing or able to commit. Volunteers will reach out to their assigned companion to set up regular calls and visits. We will provide you with materials from the church you can share to keep them feeling involved within the community. Do you know someone in the area who could benefit from a visit? Please recommend them to our group!

This is truly a ministry that benefits everyone involved! For the volunteer, it’s an opportunity to give back and help and hopefully make a new friend.  Most importantly, it gives those who are lonely a chance to share their life story, express their needs and stay connected to the community. This is often also a time to relieve their full time caregiver, giving them the much needed time to refresh.

Interested in serving as volunteer? Please contact Megan Barry-Marco (219) 227-4882 or meganbarry517@gmail.com

“The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.” – Mother Teresa


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