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Profiles in Business: Collaboration and Partnershi...

Profiles in Business: Collaboration and Partnership Matter in Church Congregational and Community Care

ACE Home Health Care & Hospice partner Deacon Harold Goodman.  Photo by Sue Taylor.

 “Presentation without demonstration is only conversation,” says Rev. Olu Bereola as he and ACE Home Health Care partner, Allen Temple Health Ministry head and Deacon Harold Goodman talk about home health care in the Bay Area.

Rev. Bereola is the co-leader with Rev. Jesse Land, of the Allen Temple Congregational Care Ministry. The ministry, beginning with the basics of home, hospital, and care facility visitation for members, is part of the greater collaborative effort based at the church that reaches deep into the community.

In partnership with ACE Home Health and the Alameda County Care Alliance, the Congregational Care Ministry works with faith-based organizations and is growing a formidable council of churches that includes: Allen Temple, Glad Tidings, Center of Hope, Greater St. Paul, Acts Full Gospel, Church by the Side of the Road, Bethlehem in Richmond, and others.

Simple visits to shut-ins, along with outreach that touches members, friends, and patients, often result in identifying services a person or family didn’t know were available.

“When I go see a member, perhaps to take communion to them, I take extra because others in care facilities see our visit and may want to share as well,” said Deacon Goodman.

“We serve the whole person in our ministry,” says Rev. Bereola, “not just health needs but spiritual health needs as well. Our Deacons, Deaconesses, and lay ministers all serve. Prayer changes things, so is one of the first things we do.”

When asked what is most needed to enhance the ministry, Rev. Bereola responded, “volunteers.”

“We rely on ACE Home Health Care and ACCA for professionals and service resources, but committed and dedicated individuals – prayer warriors – are always needed.”

Deacon Goodman emphasized that through these partnerships and alliances, and church-based outreach, the wider community is better served. For more information, please contact ACE Home Health Care & Hospice at www.hhhcs.com, or call 844-467-4967.


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