News from Region 8

Region 8 includes:  Northwestern and Southwestern Pennsylvania/Allegheny, Upper and Lower Susquehanna, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC, and West Virginia

Region 8 Representatives are Ruth Manchester, Silver Spring, MD,, and Marilee Tollefson, Silve Spring, MD,

                       Ruth                                              Marilee
                             Ruth                                                          Marilee     

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Ruth Manchester originally hails from Minnesota, and after taking her nurses training at Methodist-Kahler School of Nursing in Rochester, MN and obtained a BSN at the University of Minnesota, then moved to the Washington, DC area. She has been a paid parish nurse at Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Silver Spring, MD for the past 17 years. In this capacity, she is in charge of Caring Ministries, Social Ministry, and the one-to-one caring that a parish nurse does. She has an MA in art history from the University of Maryland, so combines her love of art with Parish Nursing. She is mom to Sarah and Dan and “Grandma” to Raina, Alden, Evan, and Aaron.

Marilee Tollefson is from South Dakota, has a BSN from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, during which time she joined the Army Student Nurse Program, and was on active duty for 23 years. During that time she earned MSN, and upon retirement from the Army Nurse Corps, worked at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She is currently paid staff faith community nurse at Lutheran Church of St. Andrew in Silver Spring, MD for the past 17 years, coordinating care teams, serving as staff liaison to Social Ministry, and supporting many volunteers on the Health and Wellness Teams.  Marilee has two daughters, Sara and Mari Liv and is “Gramma” to Lauren, Eric, and Emery.

We are members of the Holy Cross Hospital network of faith community nurses.

Grants are available for churches starting a new Parish Nurse Ministry.  Contact the above Representatives for information.

Please Join Us for Our 2019 Annual Retreat!
Immanuel Morning:
Enjoying God's Presence
Saturday, March 9, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Shrine of St. Anthony
Conference Room
12290 Folly Quarter Rd., Ellicott City, MD 21042
For more information and to register Click here: 

Saint Luke Lutheran in Silver Spring is a Recipient of an
ELCA Hunger Grant

Each year, the ELCA offers institutions and congregations a chance to apply for a “hunger grant” to continue the work of empowering groups in their efforts to provide sustenance, training, and materials. I just heard that Saint Luke was the recipient of a $3,000 grant for 2017. I filled out the application as part of my position as Social Ministry liaison.

Earlier this fall, under the auspices of the University of Maryland Extension service, an educator came to Saint Luke to work with some of our food pantry recipients to learn new food shopping and preparation tips. Nutritional components of foods were stressed as well as how and where to shop economically. The grant will enable us to further this program and provide ingredients and foods to clients who attend the workshops. The course is usually five or six sessions. Last fall, participants gathered in the Bieber Hall kitchen to listen and learn—and have fun. With this grant, we hope to educate more recipients from our food ministry. Below-a photo of our recent November class-this one in Spanish). I still have grant money for two more classes in 2019!

November class

What else is new in Region 8?

On October 26, 2018, Holy Cross Hospital of Silver Spring, MD celebrated 25 years of Parish/Faith Community Nursing with a celebration honoring all FCNs. Ruth Manchester received special recognition as being one of the "founders" of the program when she was on the Missions Services Committee at the hospital. Shown below-Marilee Tollefson with unnamed guest and Ruth Manchester with Jeanne Nist, the first coordinator of the PN program.

   Marilee and guest
Ruth and Jeanne               Marilee and guest



The Dove
A publication of the Holy Cross Faith Community Nurse Program, serving faith community nurses, health ministers, clergy, and partners in faith and health.

Dove archive on the brand new website is now updated right away when the latest issue  is published. The archive is in a box on the left side of the opening page. 

Policies for Mental Health Services for the Uninsured: Click here for document
This is written in English and Spanish.  It has a 2010 date but is still current.

Cornerstone Montgomery ACT and Crisis Houses:

 ACT (Assertive Community Treatment Services) – call 240-855-3061 to make a referral.  They work with patients MD Medicaid and Medicare.  Patients must be resident of Montgomery County.
Residential Crisis Houses
They work with patients in a psychiatric crisis; emergency rooms to help divert a psychiatric hospitalization; clients reside in Maryland/preferably Montgomery County; They take Maryland Medicaid, Medicare; and uninsured clients.  Call 301-340-6510 for more information. 

They provide Psychiatric Case Management.  They work with Maryland Medicaid (not Medicare).  They work with a variety of patients, including the homeless population.  The contact person is:  Sondra Trannen/Executive Vice President  410-863-7213x103 
Anyone can refer.

Recovery Centers of America
They Provide Substance Abuse Treatment; Contact person is Sarah Watson 509-438-6583; in her description of their services she writes: We are currently in the process of partnering with Shady Grove Medical Center, Washington Adventist Hospital, MedStar Montgomery and Nexus Montgomery with a focus on the Hope Act to reduce rehospitalization and fight the opioid epidemic…. [they have an]inpatient detoxification and residential program... We provide 24/7 admissions and complimentary transportation. We can normally have patients picked up and out of the hospital in 2-3 hours.

Daria Berman MS, RN
Faith Community Nurse Coordinator
Holy Cross Health – Faith Community Nurse Program
10720 Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Phone: 301-754-7007
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday   8:00 to 4:00