Our mission is twofold: (1) to provide ministry to the sick and (2) to train others who feel called to this area of ministry. Our primary objective is to provide physical, spiritual and emotional support to patients, their families and caregivers. This includes helping patients and their families find housing and directing them to much needed services. Through programs such as the Hospitality Apartments, we are able to direct long-term patients to subsidized and/or free housing. Our Compassionate Touch Program is aimed at helping meet some of the other non-medical financial needs of patients and their families.
If there is a time in our lives when we need the right kind of support, it’s when we have illness and death in our families. Friends and loved ones are there for us. In addition, we need people who are trained to know what to say and do and what not to say and do. Historically, hospital chaplains have been an enormous comfort to families in these kinds of crisis. But now medical economics mandate change. By the end of the century there probably will be few, if any, hospital funded “staff” chaplains. Lifeline Chaplaincy in The Texas Medical Center, Dallas Metroplex and Central Texas have become an educational resource for those desiring to respond in helpful ways to the seriously ill. Our dream is to become a national training center in the Texas Medical Center for chaplains and volunteers.