The CareTeam Program came to Seattle 15 years ago. Currently, a CareTeam is a group of 4 - 7 volunteers who provide practical, emotional, and spiritual support to a person or household affected by HIV/AIDS. Volunteers come to the program as individuals or might be based out of churches, civic groups, academic institutions, spiritual communities, or the community at large. Our volunteers range in age from 18 to 85 and represent diverse cultural backgrounds, belief systems, and life experiences. This program has come to Samaritan from the Rosehedge/Multifaith Works agency.
Each CareTeam is matched with an individual or household living with HIV/AIDS referred to as a CarePartner. CareTeam members form relationships with their CarePartner and do the things compassionate friends do. CareTeam activities depend on the needs of the CarePartner and abilities of the volunteer. At the core, CareTeams build supportive relationships with their CarePartners by listening to them, offering encouragement, renewing interest in life, and establishing meaningful personal connections. Support may include phone calls, transportation to appointments, sharing coffee or meals, celebrating birthdays and holidays, childcare, light housework, sending cards, or help with moving. To learn more about the program and/or how to volunteer, click here.
restoring hope . . . reconciling relationships . . . transforming lives
We provide high quality, faith-integrative, affordable counseling for individuals, couples and families in 18 locations in Seattle, Bellevue and the Eastside, South King County, Pierce and Kitsap Counties. Each of our therapists has a master's or doctoral degree. They represent a variety of mental health disciplines and are licensed by the State of Washington. All Samaritan therapists identify themselves as Christian.
Samaritan welcomes people of all faiths, backgrounds and lifestyles. We believe that healing occurs on multiple levels--mind, body, spirit and soul--and are always willing to consider with our clients the spiritual as well as psychological aspects of healing and growth. We seek to make our services as affordable as possible. We accept a number of insurance plans and, when the income of our clients is limited, we offer fee assistance to the extent our resources allow.
In addition to counseling, we offer mediation services, consultation and education. This includes professional education for therapists, consultation with clergy and congregations, and workshops, seminars and classes for church congregations and community organizations. We first opened our doors in 1960 as Presbyterian Counseling Service. Our accreditation is through the Samaritan Institute which was established in 1972 and oversees more than 80 professional counseling centers in the U.S. and Tokyo, Japan.
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