These are top resource picks to supplement the November 2015 workshop Compassionate Care: Creating Congregational Support Teams, led by writer, speaker and retreat leader Maryanne Kyle-DiPietropaolo.
Capossela, Cappy and Sheila Warnock. Share the Care: How to Organize a Group to Care for Someone Who is Seriously Ill. New York, NY: Fireside, 2004.
“Share the Care” offers a unique group approach that can turn a circle of ordinary people into a powerful caregiving team. “Share The Care” includes guidelines, suggestions, examples and worksheets that provide the framework for a successful team approach. This book provides a great listing of resources.
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CaringBridge is a nonprofit service offering free web pages for families and friends of patients undergoing treatments and rehabilitation. It is a great way to keep communication flowing between the family, friends and team members.
“SignUpGenius.” Accessed October 19, 2015. http://www.signupgenius.com/
This website is a platform for managing volunteer sign-ups and is useful for a variety of organizations and events including congregational support teams. This site is user friendly and provides help in creating, inviting, signing up and managing volunteers. The basic package is free and there are several paid packages with more features. Users can go online to sign up for tasks and times and set automatic reminders.
“The Support Team Network.” The UAB Support Team Network, UAB Pastoral Care Department. Accessed October 19, 2015. http://supportteams.org/
This site has all of the materials and information needed to create and lead teams, including a video defining support teams, a quick-start guide, a detailed starter guide and other resources. It also provides blog entries on topics relevant to care and support teams.