For nearly 100 years, Hillcrest’s spiritual history has been rooted in the United Methodist Church and a mission of the Presbyterian Church since 1968. And long before that time, Hillcrest had always been celebrated for providing services to all, regardless of their religious affiliations and their beliefs. Still, we believe that a spiritual connection can make a difference in a person’s complete well-being. That spiritual connection might be faith-based, or it could be based on any integrative approaches that make the mind and body stronger. This spirituality enhances our Culture of Results and leads us to offer outreach projects, educational workshops, retreat days, Sunday services and spiritual conversations frequently held at our famed Hadley Chapel used for Hillcrest clients and staff, the chaplaincy and the community.
Spiritual Services Include
An adolescent boy being educated at Hillcrest spoke to our Chaplain about his behavioral issues. He spoke of the guilt he regularly faces for the things he has done. It became apparent by the tone of his voice and the swelling of his eyes that he wanted forgiveness for his indiscretions. Understanding this, our Chaplain told him about grace and forgiveness. And then, as the young boy prayed, he was overwhelmed with emotions and had tears running down his face. He was grateful that we recognized his struggles, and we were humbled by the opportunity to serve him.
Though Kay is only 21, she has lived through many challenges and a lot of disappointment. While attending church with her foster mother, she realized how difficult it was to trust people, particularly when so many had left her behind. She asked why God would love her when she has a mental illness and hadn’t always done the right things. When talking about forgiveness, she began to cry and found it difficult to believe God would forgive her. Because of her experience at church, along with the compassionate staff at Hillcrest, Kay now feels safe and believes only God could have provided that peace.
Judy's past experience included working with adults and adolescents in substance abuse/mental health programs, individuals and families involved in the court system and Department of Human Services, and unplanned pregnancy and abuse. Her undergraduate education is social work and Master Degree in religion and pastoral counseling. Judy offers people something more; Hope, Healing, Faith and Joy... a way to tap into their spiritual journey and walk with them. Judy has enjoyed spiritually supporting individuals in our local community, exploring with them the various steps in life's journey and offering new, (or igniting old), ways to make spirituality part of the journey to wholeness.
I am the Youth Chaplain. I just graduated from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary with my Master of Divinity in January after completing my Bachelor of Science in Music Non-Teaching (Piano) from University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2014. The Tri-State area has always been my home, and while I have just become a new Iowan resident, Dubuque has always been the big town for me. I am so excited to join the Hillcrest family, and look forward to working with those who change the lives of youth. I hope through my ministry here that we can work together to better meet the spiritual needs of the kids living here, and form relationships that will help all know that they are loved. I also look forward to getting to know the wonderful staff here, and bettering the community of Dubuque.
As we come to the close of 2016, several items that have come across my desk and computer this past week are a reminder that the adoption stories from Hillcrest’s 120 years have had am amazing impact on thousands of families. It was the mission of our founder, Dr. Nancy Hill, M.D. in 1896 to […]Read More
I remember the first time I learned about suicide. I was in middle school and one of the boys in my neighborhood hung himself. It was a very difficult thing for me to wrap my mind around at that young age. Equally confusing was the secrecy around the topic. People only spoke about it the […]Read More