The Church Home at Montgomery Place
A ministry specializing in pastoral care for seniors
Church Home is a ministry of pastoral care and education located at Montgomery Place. It is a social service agency of Episcopal Charities and Community Services (ECCS) in the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. Church Home was founded in 1888 as a housing facility for aged persons in need. Following the building of Montgomery Place, it became a ministry specializing in pastoral care with seniors and a center for Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). Church Home also provides outreach education throughout northern Illinois on topics including aging, pastoral support for caregivers, and end-of-life issues and dilemmas.
The Role of Chaplain
Church Home also offers Montgomery Place residents pastoral presence and support by chaplains who are specially trained to minister in communities of religious diversity. Pastoral support for residents and their families includes visiting residents in their apartments, in the Health Care Pavilion and in local hospitals. Chaplains conduct spiritual assessments, participate in interdisciplinary conferences, and assist in crisis intervention and counseling on grief and loss. They also assist with preparation of Advanced Directives, conduct regularly scheduled worship services and memorial services, lead Scripture study and discussion groups. Chaplains also work with religious leaders in the local community to provide worship opportunities and pastoral care for residents of all religious traditions.
The Rev. Dr. Julianne Buenting
The Rev. Dr. Julianne Buenting is Executive Director of the Church Home and Director of Pastoral Care for Montgomery Place. She is an Episcopal priest whose background includes parish ministry, university-level teaching and extensive health care practice and research roles. Her interests include spirituality, end-of-life pastoral care, ethics and liturgy. She is a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains.