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Care Ministries

Vineyard Resources

All of us have times in our lives when we need an extra bit of help. Whether it’s a crisis, or working through challenging personal issues, it can be helpful to have someone there to help along the way. Jesus said, “As I have loved you… love one another” (John 13:34). This is one reason we encourage everyone to be involved with a small group. However, some of our problems require more time and attention than a small group can provide. That's where our Care Ministries come in.

Pastoral Counseling & Referrals: Sometimes problems might require the advice and counsel of a pastor. Our Pastors & Directors do take counseling appointments from time to time. Our policy, however, is for pastors to refrain from long-term counseling and to limit to appointments to one or two. For care beyond this we will generally refer to one of our specific care ministries or to a professional counselor (see below). To see a pastor for counseling or referral, please contact Jamie Bott by email or call her at the church office: (734) 477-9135.

Stephen Ministry: For those experiencing a crisis, such as serious illness, death of a loved one, divorce, or unplanned pregnancy, we have Stephen Ministers trained to help get you through the tough spots. They’ll meet with you once a week for about an hour, listening to and praying with you in a confidential way.

Spiritual Direction: provides a regular opportunity for you to focus on how God is active in your life and how you are responding. This usually leads to a greater appreciation of God's love for us and our desire to love God in return. Meetings tend to last an hour and occur monthly. Contact Rick Rykowski, Leader of the Spiritual Direction Training Program at 734/474-7016 for further questions or to request the names of some Spiritual Directors.

Care Ministries: We have a team of trained care ministers available to visit those who are in the hospital, nursing home, or homebound. They are available to members of the church and those within the church's network of care. Lay Chaplains offer support through listening, conversation, prayer, and scripture. For longer-term visitation, please request a Stephen Minister (above). Please email Shonagh Chimbira to request a visit from a lay chaplain.

Prayer Ministry: On most weekends we end the celebrations with worship and a time of prayer ministry at the front of the auditorium, during which time individuals can receive prayer from our trained team. Prayer ministry includes prayer for blessing, receiving Christ, God's empowering presence, physical, emotional & relational healing, and freedom from spiritual oppression. If you have a prayer request, feel free to email the Prayer Chain, where our leaders & prayer ministers will have the chance to pray alongside you.

Premarital Counseling & Weddings: For information about our wedding policy, and premarital counseling, please contact Jamie Bott via email. We use the PREPARE/ENRICH premarital program.

Professional Counseling Services*

Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor does not provide professional counseling, but does have relationship with many of the fine Christian counselors in our area. If you have no Insurance coverage you may want to contact an agency that can provide counseling on a sliding scale fee structure.

Crossroads Counseling PLLC: 2900 Packard Road, Suite 1, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Phone: (734) 528 9703. Recommended Michele Wolf Psy. D. Clinical Psychologist.

Family Counseling Center: 3840 Packard Road Suite 220, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 Phone: (734) 477-9999. Recommended: Greg Hocott

Gordon Prepsky: Phone: (734) 572-0255

Huron Valley Child Guidance Clinic: Counseling for children to 18 years. Individual, group, and family counseling. Sliding-scale fees. Medicaid and limited insurance accepted. Call Washtenaw County Health Services Access, (734) 544-3050 for referral. Address: 2940 Ellsworth, Ypsilanti Phone: (734) 971-9605

Raphael Counseling Services: 5475 Morgan Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. (734) 572-0255.

Samaritan Counseling Services: (Insurance Accepted) 2890 Carpenter Road, Suite 1600, Ann Arbor 48108 Phone: (734) 677-0609. Recommended: Jocelyn Pyett

Other Resources*

Addiction Center: Addiction Center is an information hub that about everything that is addiction. They provide excellent prevention tips and drug abuse resources. They also review top treatment centers to help you find the one that gives you or your loved one the best chance at a successful recovery.

Alcoholics Anonymous: 31 South Huron St., Ypsilanti, MI 48197. HelpLine: (734) 482-5700 or website.

Alcohol Rehab Guide: An online resource that connects alcoholics and their families with the help they need to conquer this disease. Their goal is to help individuals and their loved ones by providing them with information on the signs of an alcohol abuse, the effects and the support options for those involved.

Arbor Hospice & Home Care: Care for terminally ill adults, children and their families in the home and in the Arbor Hospice Residence, a 30-bed hospice and skilled nursing facility. Also offers a grief support program for children and adults. 2366 Oak Valley Dr Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Phone: 662-5999 or Toll Free (888) 992-2273 (24 hours).

Avalon Housing is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and managing permanent supportive rental housing for people with extremely low incomes in Washtenaw County. 603 W. Huron Street Ann Arbor, MI 48103 Phone: (734) 663-5858

Catholic Social Services Food Program: Non-perishable and perishable groceries and personal care items distributed to individuals and families in need. Northside Community Center, 815 Taylor St , Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Phone: (734) 662-4462

Chelsea Arbor Treatment Center: Assessment, intensive outpatient treatment, and detox for people with problems with alcohol or other drugs. Outpatient services for substance abusers and their family members, adolescents, and health care professionals in recovery. Accepts most insurance. 955 W Eisenhower Circle, Suite B, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Phone: 734-930-0201 or 1-800-828-8020

CLEAR House Chemical Dependency Program: An extensive outpatient chemical dependency program. Offers group and individual therapy. 3879 Packard Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Phone: (734) 973-1900.

Dawn Farm: The goal of Dawn Farm is to assist addicts and alcoholics in achieving long term recovery. Dawn Farm will identify and remove barriers that prevent addicts and alcoholics from joining the recovering community. (734) 485-8725.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: the nation’s leading patient-directed organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses – depression and bipolar disorder. (800) 826-3632.

Domestic Violence Project / SAFE House: Free services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children. Crisis counseling, shelter, legal advocacy, and drop-in support groups. 24-Hour Crisis Line: (734) 995-5444.

Drug Rehab Center: An online resource that equip's patients and families with the best information and tools to overcome addiction and lead a lifelong recovery.

Family Life Services: If you are (or might be) pregnant, and are worried, confused, or alone, let us help. 2900 Packard Rd., Ypsilanti, MI 48197 Phone: (734) 434-3088.

Full Circle Community Center: Full Circle is an activity center which provides social and recreational rehabilitation opportunities to adult consumers of mental health services. The goal of the program is to operate an entirely consumer-run community activity center. Full circle provides five weekly peer support groups, two dual recovery support groups and many weekly recreational activities. 10 South Prospect Road, Ypsilanti MI 48198. Phone: (734) 485-2020.

Help Guide: A trusted non-profit guide to mental health and well-being

Homeless Empowerment Relationship Organization (HERO) of Washtenaw County: Serves homeless and at-risk adults; provides classes, one-on-one assistance, and resource referrals. Also donates food and clothing. 3810 Packard, suite 240. (734) 975–6849

Hope Dental Clinic: Hope Dental Clinic provides general preventive and restorative care to those without insurance or medical benefits. There are eligibility guidelines based on family size and income. (734) 480-9575.

Hope Medical Clinic: Hope is a nonprofit, interdenominational Christian medical and social service organization. Our goal is to provide compassionate and practical help to those in need, ministering to the whole person. This includes providing comprehensive health care for the medically indigent and a range of other services aimed either at meeting basic needs or equipping people with the tools needed to improve the quality of their lives and/or to become self sufficient. (734) 481-0111.

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Washtenaw County at Alpha House: Temporary shelter, food, and support services for homeless families. Volunteer coordinator: Joel Eckel, 4290 Jackson. (734) 822–0220

National Child Abuse Hotline: Crisis counseling for children in abuse situations and adult survivors of abuse. Offers referrals for services related to suspected abuse and those who want information on related issues. (800) 4-A-CHILD(422-4453) (24 hours).

Ozone House: Runaway, homelessness, and crisis counseling service for teens by phone or on a walk-in basis, free of charge. Family and parent counseling available. On-site emergency housing available up to 14 days for ages 10-17. Group home and emergency housing for youth ages 17-20 are also available. 1705 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Phone: 662-2222 (24-hour crisis line).

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network): the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. (800) 656-HOPE (24/7)

Robert J. Delonis Center (Shelter Association of Washtenaw County): Housing placement assistance, emergency shelter (50 beds), meals, health care, HIV/AIDS testing, job-seeking assistance, mental health advocacy, support groups, literacy support, resource referrals, and other services for men and women without homes. Lunch served Mon.–Fri. noon–1 p.m.; dinner served Mon.–Fri. 5:30–6:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 3–4 p.m. Call for seasonal shelter intake hours. Services free. E-mail: 312 W. Huron (734) 662–2829

SOS Community Services: responds with care and respect to families in need by working in partnerships that result in economic, family, and residential stability. Our services include: Short-term housing crisis counseling and case management; Eviction prevention; Utility assistance; Distribution of emergency food and personal hygiene items; Shelter location and housing relocation services; Housing-related transportation assistance; Short-term shelter for homeless families and children; Intensive case management for homeless families; Subsidized transitional housing and supportive services for homeless families; Employability skills training and educational supports; Life skills training; Parenting programs and play groups; Therapeutic day care for homeless children; After-school and substance abuse prevention programs for homeless children. 101 S. Huron, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Phone: (734) 485-8730

Fax: (734) 485 8739. Email:

Teen Rehab Center: Helping to steer your teen away from drug and substance abuse problems is a difficult task. But being involved, and staying involved, in your teens life can be one of the strongest method to helping prevent the disease of addiction.

U-M Psychiatric Emergency Services: 24-hour crisis line providing counseling for suicide and other emotional emergencies. Website. Address: U-M Hospital, Level B1 Phone: (734) 996-4747.

Washtenaw County Community Mental Health: Services include outpatient psychotherapy, psychiatric evaluations, medication monitoring, case management, employment services, socialization activities, supportive living and crisis stabilization. 2140 East Ellsworth, Ann Arbor MI 48108. Phone: (734) 971-2282. Suicide Prevention: (734) 996-4747.

* These services are not affiliated with Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor.
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