BOARDING HOMES MINISTRY
Responding to COVID-19
In response to COVID-19, Boarding Homes Ministry has suspended our house visits until further notice. We continue our pastoral work through letters and phone calls. This is a heartbreaking time for all of us: the core of our ministry has always been to fight stigma, isolation, and loneliness through direct human connection. We look forward to being reunited with our friends.
In the meantime, we continue to offer our Mental Health Inclusion workshops for congregations via video. In addition to our usual offerings, we have been offering a module on COVID-19 and mental health.
BHM co-creates communities of welcome and inclusion
with people who live with mental illness, addictions, and poverty.
Through community visits and education, we reduce social isolation wrought by stigma.
Through non-denominational spiritual care, we meet deep human needs
for recognition, connection, and meaning.
Society is strengthened and health is improved when we practice inclusion.
BHM sees people’s gifts and celebrates them, and we create community together.
A word from a volunteer.
I am one of the initial volunteers with Boarding Homes Ministry. During
that long time I have learned the significance of
. the power of listening
. being reliable in friendship
. the beauty of hearing a resident repeating the Lord's Prayer in his first
language as others repeated in English
. showing love by sharing food treats
. presence and being quiet together
. accepting that what happens may be a mystery
I am blessed by the residents I have known and my relationships.
BHM believes in the sacredness of hospitality and attentive companionship.
We offer reverent attention. Although people in the homes have often been rejected, we recognize them for their strength, wisdom, and holiness. Because the people we visit have often been abandoned, we visit faithfully. We show what steadfast love can be like.
Celebration: With food, we celebrate birthdays, ordinary days, sobriety, survival. We encourage second helpings. Generosity affirms that each individual deserves much more than the minimum.
Mutuality: We don’t just give, we receive. The people we visit have so much to offer. The gift of a smile is as profound as sharing the gift of silence together.
We meet people right where they are. We don’t impose our beliefs or values. We offer spiritual and emotional support according to the needs of the person.
In all of this, there is grace. We believe that when we take delight in humankind (Prov. 8:31), God is there delighting with us.
Boarding Homes Ministry
A boarding homes resident gets a haircut by our volunteer Maddy
* All residents pictured on our site have enthusiastically agreed to be featured
Rev. Rodger Hunter- BHM Founder, starting up the barbecue at a visit
Team members Andi, Jim, and Maddy meet up before a house visit
"My mom has died, my dad is old, and I’m an only child. I’m really worried that I’ll be lonely. That’s why I need you guys."
— a Resident
"There are friends, and there are friends no matter what happens. You guys treat me better than my real family. You are the alpha and omega of friendship and love. No matter what, you never abandon us."
— a Resident
"I don’t know what I'd do without Wednesdays. It’s the only thing that gets my mind off the hassles. There are so many people out there just giving me a hard time. On Wednesday I can look forward to seeing you guys. I can get out of the house and actually communicate with people."