October 2020 Update
Hello and welcome to the CapitalCare Strathcona service page!
As you are likely aware, volunteering at CapitalCare Strathcona (CCS) has been shut down since March, so for the foreseeable future, we will not be able to provide in-person services there.
However, we have been looking at other ways that we can still support our seniors in the facility. For example, at the last service we had there, back in February, there were approximately 40 seniors/caregivers in attendance, plus 11 volunteers, but CCS only had 20 hymnbooks, some of which were in rough shape, with tears or missing pages. Although many of the volunteers share hymnbooks by holding them for seniors who are unable to hold them on their own, we were clearly short on books and a number of seniors had to go without. Since then, I have coordinated with Heartland Alliance Church and staff at CCS, and we were able to donate 25 new hymnbooks to CCS as a result. The books have been delivered, and we look forward to the day when we can get back in there and sing with our beloved seniors again.
In the meantime, please don’t forget to pray for the residents of CCS and their caregivers. Here are some ideas:
- Pray for the physical health of our seniors, as they are a particularly vulnerable population. Pray not only that they not be exposed to COVID-19, but also pray for them as influenza season is coming, such that there may be compounded threats to their health.
- Pray that if the seniors are exposed to any of these diseases, that their symptoms are not serious, and that they are able to receive the best possible care, and be as comfortable as possible under the circumstances.
- Pray for the seniors to experience peace and rest, particularly for those who may be confused about everything that has changed, and continues to change, around them.
- Pray that God will give the seniors hope and a sense of His presence, as many seniors are even more separated from loved ones than usual, do not have volunteers visiting, and are very lonely.
- Pray that, if the seniors have not already done so, they would receive our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, especially for those who may be nearing life’s end.
- Pray for the seniors who are saved – that they would have a sense of God’s purpose for them at CCS, and that they would find ways to reach out, support others, and serve others within their community, especially in the absence of the outside help that would normally be there.
- Pray for the families of seniors who may be worried about their elderly relatives and feeling unable to do anything to help them.
- Pray for those who have lost relatives or friends to various causes and have not been able to support them near the end or mourn them as they would have liked to under the current circumstances.
- Pray for the staff, as they do their best to follow ever-changing protocols, despite the extra burden of no volunteers, and the potential for reduced staffing in situations where some staff members are having to stay home for various reasons (health, children at home, etc.)
I am continuing to work with CCS to find out if there are any ways that we can help out off-site and will update you if any opportunities arise. Lastly, if you are interested in sending notes of encouragement to seniors at CCS, contact me at email@example.com and I’ll provide you with the details.
The Lord bless and keep you until we meet again!
CapitalCare Strathcona Outreach/Leader