Sunday, March 17, 2013

A Prayer for Social Workers

Bless them in the work they do for our patients, residents and clients across the system. They are advocates for those we serve and their families with the staff and physicians. 

Social Workers lend themselves to listening not only with their ears but with their hearts to determine the myriad of needs to be filled. They are educators and provide direction to those in need as our residents, clients, patients and families attempt to maneuver through the complexities of health care.

As an integral part of the team they provide the bridge to outside resources and services so that those we serve may benefit from uninterrupted care and are enabled to continue their healing.

We ask You to protect each of them to provide them with sufficient grace to be your hands and feet as they care for our mothers and their children, the elderly, the sick and dying and all Your children with special needs.

Written by the Pastoral Care staff at Holy Redeemer Hospital. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Child Abuse Help Lines Around the World

If you ever suspect a child is being abused (includes physical and sexual abuse, and neglect), here are some phone numbers and websites to refer to.  Many of them also have online chats and email services.  Here is a list of child abuse help lines and hotlines from around the world.


Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868

We're Canada's only toll-free, 24-hour, bilingual (English and French) and anonymous phone counseling, web counseling and referral service for children and youth. Every day, professional counsellors provide support to young people across the country. The service is completely anonymous and confidential - we don't trace calls, we don't have call display. You don't even have to tell us your name if you don't want to.


Childline  0800 1111

Online chats also available.

USA, Territories and Canada: 

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-422-4453

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Serving the United States, its territories, and Canada, the Hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who, through interpreters, can provide assistance in 170 languages. The Hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are anonymous and confidential.

World Child Abuse Hotlines:

- Angela G. Gentile, MSW RSW
Specialist in Aging