Refugee Immigration Ministry
Building Community With Uprooted People to Serve the Common Good.
Refugee Immigration Ministry
Developing Our Spiritual Care Givers Program
RIM began in 1986 as a ministry to detainees.
Spiritual Care Givers are trained toVisit detained immigrantsOffer the gift of listeningOffer Spiritual Care appropriate for detained personsBring hope out of isolationHelp a person tap inner resources
Refugee Immigration MinistryStarting Our Training ProgramA Multi-discipline committee Conversation and buy-in from ICE Buy-in from faith-group leadership Meetings with facilities early in planning
Including ICE and COEs in training
Steps To Building SCG Program
Building Your Training Team
Planning A Training Schedule
Inviting speakers for various topics
Building a Training Team
What is needed?Small Group Leaders (Identify 4-6 months in advance so people have time to schedule 8 training sessions.)Speakers (Identify 3-4 months in advance, provide directions, a copy of the training manual and schedule)Outside speakers broaden the community investmentHelp build networks with other providers
Training ComponentsSubjectsLonelinessSeparationShame and GuiltGriefDepressionTraumaSuicideFamily SystemsViolence: Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Racism
Operational IssuesLegalINSPrison CulturePrison RegulationsFaith IssuesFaith RitualsSpirituality of HealingInterfaith Ministry
Training Components cont.Active Listening SkillsHeart of the trainingCan be transforming for traineesNeed practice in role playBuilds the teamIs interactive
Self-CareEssential for good service deliveryEncouraged stronglyIn-ServiceRetreatSaturday session to focus on issuesSmall groups required
Tips for Finding SpeakersWhat organization can help you identify interested people with expertise?Who on the Planning Team or last years trainees can help with this?For example: Can you get a Pastoral Counseling Center to co-sponsor?Are there hospital chaplains in your area? Military? Prison? Retired?Trauma Therapists
Recruiting Trainees Complete applicationParticipate in an interviewTake 30 hours of trainingParticipate in an ongoing small groupParticipate in ongoing visitationParticipate in in-service trainingMaintains confidentiality, respects facility rules and keeps good boundaries
Selection and Participation IssuesSpiritual Care Givers may not have prior felony convictions.SCGs will agree to adhere to all prison and ICE rules and regulations when in the facilities.SCGs will not participate in advocacy efforts in the same community where they are SCGs.
Selection and Participation Issues: Will work with all faithsAll SCGs will sign a non-proselytizing agreement and a confidentiality agreement. All SCGs will the highest level of confidentiality and professional conduct.
InterviewsNeed to be done by trainers, face-to-face to screen dysfunctional applicantsHelps welcome trainee to the groupHelps plan for the small groupsReferences must be checked
Management of TrainingSmall GroupsTry to make groups diverseHelp people deal with their own material, share with others and build the team
Evaluation of Trainees is on-goingAt interviewDuring trainingDuring colleague groups
Feedback is essentialMust be given to promote learning
Task ListInterviewing Prospective TraineesAdditional Articles for reading requestedSet up and handle lending librarySet up Small GroupsSchedule devotionsPlan for snacks, including light supper opening night.Music on arrivalRole Play Cards for final weeks of trainingEquipment to tape sessionsHosting speakersTeaching listening skills: Requires 7 pairings to explain, demonstrate and guide practice.Identify small group leaders
Support of Volunteers1. The importance of team formationRole PlaySmall group sharing
2. Follow upIn-service trainingSupport groups (Participation required for continued visitation)3. Sharing Faith ResourcesOpening MeditationSharing of Rituals
Support of Volunteers cont.4. Debriefing and Processing of sessions
6. Staff feedback to volunteers
Support of Volunteers cont.7. Prison VisitsRespect for Prison Rules is RequiredBackground Check is often Required
8. Installation and RecognitionTracking HoursGroup Participation
9. An annual retreat
Public RelationsRegional Offices of DenominationsCouncil of ChurchesPress Release to religions pressAcademic InstitutionsGeneral Press releaseTV- AnnouncementsCongregations Ethnic Organizations
Building your support base Who are your constituents? What are the interests of constituents which can be met by this program?
Values Underlying Project Development
Recognizing that solace in religion is beneficial to all, the spiritual care project seeks to:
Provide appropriate spiritual care for all detainees as desiredExhibit respect for all faith traditionsProvide clinically and professionally trained and accountable spiritual care giversDevelop an authentically collaborative and respectful relationship with the ICEProvide spiritual care for the whole institution (detainees and staff)Develop a sense of community
Values cont.Validate present programs and, if suitable, complement them by the addition of the spiritual care givers programEliminate individual isolation (within the institution) of staff.Link detainees and staff to faith communitiesFacilitate community integrationPractice authentic spiritual discipline as foundation and motivation of the projectEncourage inclusivity and diversity among the participants.
Volunteer RecognitionEach person who completes training is given a certificate of completion.Second level of certification given when:Completion of 12 months of visitationInterview with training director
AcknowledgementsRefugee Immigration Ministry gratefully acknowledges the input and support given by: Church World ServiceEpiscopal Migration Ministries Lutheran Immigration Refugee ServicePresbyterian Disaster AssistanceUnited Methodist Committee on ReliefJesuit Refugee Service
Resources Available from RIMRIM can arrange for onsite consultation as program is builtYou may order copies of training manualRIM may assist with planning, training and recognition on siteRIM will welcome anyone who wants to take the training in BostonPhone consultation is available
Refugee Immigration Ministry 119 Exchange StreetMalden, MA 02148
Phone: 781-322-1011Fax: 781-322-1013E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgWeb-site: www.r-i-m.net
We Can Make a Difference!The human spirit can endure almost anything except the sense that the world has forgotten him or her and has no concern for what is happening. Bruno Bettleheim