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Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

·Phoebe Ministries, 1925 W. Turner St., Allentown, is seeking volunteers who enjoy sharing stories of faith and interacting with older adults living with dementia, to lead small group sessions at skilled care centers in Allentown, Wernersville, Richlandtown and Wyncote.

The Spirit Alive program is an innovative way of leading worship with residents, who live in Phoebe’s memory support neighborhoods.

The program involves sharing stories with residents that illustrate great spiritual truths, such as God’s love, care and forgiveness.

Based upon Montessori principles of engagement and specialized pastoral care practices, multisensory stimulation is used to convey each story and ensure full engagement by each member of the group.

The Spirit Alive model is supported by research demonstrating its benefit for the mood and spiritual well-being of participants.

A training session to become Spirit Alive Facilitators will be offered noon to 4 p.m. on Feb. 23 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Meadow Glenn Personal Care Community on the Phoebe Richland Campus, 108 S. Main St., Richlandtown.

Attendance at both sessions is required.

For information, contact Alisha Tatem, Spirit Alive coordinator, at or 610-927-8554.