For the past three months Rhonda Nelson has been working as a Spiritual and Pastoral Care Coordinator at Anglicare Southern Queensland in the Logan Community Aged and Disability Services.
Before coming to work at Anglicare, Rhonda had been retired for three years, though worked for her church in a voluntary capacity as the Parish Community Coordinator.
Rhonda began her new role in early July and says it has been an “enormous learning curve.”
“Being a Spiritual and Pastoral Carer at Logan CAD has been very interesting and rewarding,” she said.
“I have the privilege of visiting clients in their own homes and offering them emotional and spiritual support as they share their lives with me.
“Some clients are suffering from loneliness as health issues make leaving their homes difficult and many are estranged from family and friends have stopped visiting.
“Many of my clients are still in the early stages of grief, having lost loved ones recently.
“They need to share their feelings and learn to remember the ones they have lost without the grief overwhelming them. Some of my clients are happy for me to pray with them at the end of my visit.”
Rhonda said she enjoys the challenge and loves making a difference to her clients’ lives.
“I have met some amazing people, the clients have lived full lives and hearing their stories is definitely a highlight of my role,” she said.
Outside of work, Rhonda is very involved with her church and wears many hats including Churchwarden, Parish Community Coordinator, Sunday School teacher, Kids Hope Mentor.
“All these roles keep me out of mischief. I also like to spend time with my two grandchildren whenever the opportunity arises,” she said.
I am an avid reader and always have a book on the go.”
Welcome to our organisation, Rhonda!
First published on the Anglicare Southern Queensland website on 15 November 2021.