Everyone desires to be heard! I’ve been associated with BeFriender Ministry for 20 years, as a BeFriender, a Leader and presently as a Board Member. The National Office educates people in the art of Listening. BeFrienders hear people’s stories, acknowledge their words, they do not judge, fix or do for others. They are a listening presence to others on their journey, not only hearing their stories, but allowing them to hear their words.
The skills BeFrienders learn, are practiced throughout our lives, we receive much more than we give!
Review from Guidestar
The experience of participating in BeFriender Ministry has changed my life. The skills I learned through their training and continued education, and the structured opportunities to reflect on my work, has been transformational. The listening skills are relevant in my daily life--with family, friends, & co-workers, as well as with the people I have ministered to In BeFriender Ministry. I have grown so much through years of involvement with BeFriender Minisrty.
For more than 8 years I have been involved with the BeFrienders program, first as a trained leader in a large parish, and currently as a board member of the BeFriender National Office.
In my role as a program leader, I have gained new insights and understandings when presenting training sessions for new volunteers. Making Meaning times with commissioned BeFrienders had a profound effect on me. The wisdom shared has broadened my perspective and deepened my spirituality.
Over time I have watched as people have been changed by their involvement with BeFrienders. The invisible bond that connects each person grows stronger as prayers are offered for each other and confidential stories are shared.
It is a gift to be able to participate in the BeFriender Ministry. The strength and longevity of this program are a testament to the way lives can be changed by listening. I am deeply grateful for the BeFriender Ministry, because I have experienced the nonjudgmental care that it gives.