Local Pastors Team Up to Offer Chapel Services at Mental Health Association

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Mental Health Association

An ecumenical group of local pastors is working together to provide weekly chapel services at the Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County (MHA).

The Chapel Team includes the Revs. Tara Eastman of Tree of Life Lutheran Church; Luke Fodor, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church; Bob Hagel, First Presbyterian Church; Mark Hurst, Lander and Chandler Valley United Methodist Church; and Carolyn Stow, Kidder Memorial United Methodist Church.

Beginning September 25, they will offer chapel services every Tuesday, 2-3 p.m. Two of the pastors will be at each gathering.

Speaking for the Chapel Team, Rev. Eastman said, “The ecumenical pastoral team will facilitate Chapel time to assist the MHA staff and participants in meeting goals of welcome, hope and healing. We are working together to provide a safe space for people to receive spiritual support. As pastors and people, we know the importance of space for spiritual care and are thankful to the MHA for this opportunity.”

Other area pastors interested in providing consistent care and support to the MHA chapel program are invited to contact Rev. Eastman at pastor@toljamestown.com.

A United Way Partner Organization since 2015, the MHA is located at 31 Water Street, Door 14, in the rear of the Gateway Center.

The MHA is a peer recovery support center offering recovery coaching, services navigation, peer support groups, advocacy, veterans support, employment and job support, and family support. The MHA has linkages to mental health and substance use treatment, primary care doctors, health and human services, SSI/SSDI income establishment, and veterans benefits.

Anyone with questions or in need of services for themselves or a family member is welcome to call or stop in. Hours are Monday 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To learn more about the MHA, call (716) 661-9044 or visit www.mhachautauqua.org or www.facebook.com/MHAChautauqua.