Allison is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and certified alcohol and drug counselor (CADC). She has worked for Journey Care for nearly three years as a bereavement counselor and children’s bereavement program coordinator. In her free time, Allison has three babies under the age of two, in turn, has very little free time. She enjoys yoga and mindfulness, juice and smoothies, and playing with her German Shephard, Artie (Arthur).
Tim serves as our Chaplain at JourneyCare’s inpatient units in Glenview and Arlington Heights. Tim joined our JourneyCare staff last fall after having volunteered for nearly fifteen years. He previously spent many years in the financial services arena until he had a calling to Chaplaincy and completed his Master’s degree at Loyola University in Chicago.
Prior to joining JourneyCare, he served as a Chaplain at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville and Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. Tim says he has the best job in the world and gets to laugh, cry, and pray with people every day.
A United States Marine Corps veteran and recently retired from a life of public service, Jim Richardson discovered the blessing of JourneyCare during the final days and hours of his fathers life. Jim is a 'We Honor Veterans' pinning facilitator and member of the Veteran's Advisory Council. He also serves as 'Grayshirt' and Illinois Planning Coordinator for Team Rubicon USA. When not working with veterans and veteran causes, Jim revels in learning and recreating many of the old folkways of his Eastern Kentucky heritage.
Christine (Chris) Rechsteiner is the Volunteer Supervisor for the South/West. She also coordinates the Kids Who Care program. Chris started with JourneyCare in February, after a long career working with youth, children and adults in the ministry field. Outside of work she cherishes every moment with her husband and three teens. Her outside interest include balls, bats and theater.
Kirsten Jensen has been a JourneyCare volunteer for over 4 years. She loves the variety of volunteer opportunities at JourneyCare. In addition to her work with Camp Courage, she sees adult as well as pediatric patients, participates in Braveheart Programming, is a member of the Volunteer Advisory Council, and helps maintain and install some of the gardens on the Barrington campus.
Mr. Rogers always said, “When you are scared, look for the helpers.” Being a therapy dog handler with Sydney allows us to be helpers when someone is sick, scared or just needs a moment of peace. Whether we are visiting quietly or being more animated, our time with patients of all ages gives us as much pleasure as it seems to give others. I believe volunteering has made me a better person, and I am proud to be a helper.
Patrick Curtin is a native Chicagoan who has been a volunteer with JourneyCare for four years. He is a board member of the Rainbow Garden Guild and participates in storytelling in various venues in the city.
Jodie Diegel RN, MBA is the Founder and current President of the SOUL Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program, as well as past President and Founder of Mane in Heaven. Her dream and vision has enabled JourneyCare, the Barrington community and the Chicago area at large to benefit from miniature therapy horse visits and, soon, miniature therapy donkey visits!
The SOUL Harbour Ranch Animal Therapy Program, located in Barrington, is a philanthropic organization whose mission is to enrich lives by promoting the unconditional love and healing of the human-animal bond, while advocating for animal therapy standards of excellence. We offer the Barrington-area's most experienced animal-assisted miniature therapy equine teams who have been visiting since 2013.
Please help us continue our mission of Sharing of Unconditional Love and SOUL to SOUL visits! We do not charge for visits and are funded solely by generous donations and Sponsors, as well as future grants. Visit our website at www.soulharbourranch.com.
Sarah Walker-Bending has been a social worker for 22 years, practicing in Arizona. Illinois, Wisconsin and Zimbabwe. She is currently a part-time social worker at JourneCare's Woodstock CareCenter and assists throughout the agency.