South Grand Senior Ministry
South Grand Senior Ministry (SGSM) is a partnership of churches in South St. Louis providing a variety of support services for older adult members of the parishes as well as any senior living in the service area.
Currently, there are six member churches including Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Cecilia, St. John the Baptist, St. Pius V and St. Stephen Protomartyr.
Our Services and Programs Include:
Medical Transportation: Volunteer drivers take seniors who don’t drive to medical appointments during the week. A transportation coordinator fields the phone calls and matches riders with drivers. All drivers complete a background check (Family Care Safety Registry) through the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services. Riders are registered through parish staff members.
Educational Workshops: Our Aging Wisely series offers educational topics for seniors and caregivers, plus a complimentary lunch. The monthly series rotates throughout the parishes in the ministry. Some examples are veterans benefits, memory care, adult day care and hospice. The programs are free and open to everyone.
Day Trips: We offer social engagement through day trip excursions on chartered buses. We have explored places such as Cape Girardeau, Washington, St. Genevieve, Amish Country, Hermann, and Alton, Illinois.
Spiritual Opportunities: Bi-annually, we offer Lenten and Advent Days of Reflection with guest speakers to deepen relationships with God.
Stephen Ministry: We all experience challenges in life — times when we could benefit from care and support. This program equips laypeople to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as loss of a loved one, hospitalization, loneliness or discouragement, a chronic or terminal illness, aging issues and more. Stephen Ministry is confidential — the identity of those receiving care and everything they discuss with a Stephen Minister remain private.
Health Promotion: Free and low-cost exercise classes are available at the different parishes and open to all. Some options are arthritis exercise and balance classes.
Medical Equipment Loan: We have a collection of gently-used medical devices to help you or someone you know function better at home, such as walkers, rollators, shower seats, and commodes. We are able to offer them free of charge or on a donation basis. We accept equipment donations as well.
Yard Work: Available youth/service groups are placed at seniors’ homes to complete leaf raking, bush trimming, gutter cleaning and more during the spring, summer and fall.
Nurse Support: Parish nurses can provide health screenings, explain medications and physicians’ instructions, answer questions about health or illness, offer referrals, and give flu shots to homebound seniors.
Social Worker Support: Information & referrals to community resources, such as utility help, home health agencies and other assistance programs. Yearly reviews offered for health insurance and prescription drug plans. Also provide assistance with property tax credits and senior housing options.
South Grand Senior News: An informative bi-monthly newsletter with upcoming events and community resources is mailed to all parishioners 60 years and older.
Volunteer Opportunities: SGSM offers active parishioners meaningful volunteer experiences. We recruit volunteers to drive seniors to the doctor, train as Stephen Ministers, help with yard maintenance, label newsletter mailings, plan outings and provide support for seniors who need it. Every talent is needed and appreciated.
For more information, contact Leigh Manalang, MSW, at 314-481-1133 ext. 307 or firstname.lastname@example.org.