Our clients face many obstacles in their lives. Chronic conditions such as illness, disabilities, addictions, for some, poverty, have resulted in a sense of hoplessness and profound loneliness. Our Compassionate Care Companions are trained in the art and science of 'compassionate listening', also called 'deep listening', that goes far beyond casual conversation.
Our purpose for providing that service is to help our clients find their way past all of the very real obstacles that create anger, sadness, frustration and sorrow in their lives by engaging in listening to not only the words, but the emotions behind the words.
Our goal is to help each individual grow into a place where — while not ignoring the very real obstacles they face daily — they can find greater peace, joy and love, and connect with their particular version of a 'Higher Power'.
Whether strongly religious or agnostic, even atheistic, humans do experience the spirit within them, and most acknowledge their individual spirit can either heal or harm. It is the acknowledgement of and contact with their Higher Power that we want to awaken in our clients, regardless of their belief systems.
Our Compassionate Care Companions seek to help clients embrace what are described as the "Fruits of the Spirit”: Love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Learning over time to substitute those "fruits" for anger, sadness, depression, frustration and hopelessness truly changes lives.
Research studies of health and spirituality suggest that spiritual practices aid in the development of the "Fruits of the Spirit" and have a profound effect on health. Here are some examples:
Before the Compassionate Care Companion began visiting, my client was very depressed and withdrawn. She didn’t like to go out and had few people to speak to and didn’t speak much. Now as a result of the visits, I have observed a definite improvement in my client’s attitude and how she responds to people and to life. She is a lot of calmer, talks a lot now and is ready to go out and about to her favorite shops and appointments. At the Companion’s last visit, she remarked that my client looked a lot happier and more relaxed. Even her doctor was impressed. At her last visit she was joking with him and he remarked, ‘You are doing much better, aren’t you.’ I credit the C3 program and St. Anthony’s Caring Foundation in the positive changes I see now in my client.
My Companion’s visits have helped me a lot. She is very nice and I’m able to talk freely with her. Believe me, those small conversations really help. During those visits she has been able to lighten and better my moods just by listening and being there. She’s really inspiring. She has come out to see me about four times now, and is able to keep track with what we’ve talked about. I credit that to her good listening skills and good memory and I don’t feel like she’s just agreeing with you. She has given me perspective and insight into my issues and this has helped me look at things differently.
I love my Care Companion. She is a thoughtful and helpful person. It’s a wonderful thing that St. Anthony’s sends out people like her to visit the shut-ins. I am a shut-in and I know the isolation and loneliness they are going through. Some months ago, my caretaker and I began praying in the morning that the shut-ins get help. So, when she began visiting, I was delighted because I knew this was answer to our prayers. She not only listens but she hears me. She pays attention to what I’m saying. She helps me with whatever issues I have. Her attitude is always joyful and this makes me happier just being around her. If there’s anything I need to talk about I can call her and know she would be there and listen. If I had my way, I would talk with her every day.