Spiritual Care at Lindner Center of HOPE

Spiritual Care at Lindner Center of HOPE

Spiritual Care is an important part of caring for the whole person. At Lindner Center of HOPE, spiritual care is provided by trained interfaith chaplains and volunteers. Our mission is to assure that the religious, spiritual, and cultural beliefs and practices of patients and families are respected, and to assist patients who value spirituality and faith in using these as part of their recovery.

Over 200 research studies have shown that a spiritual commitment is associated with:

  • Better physical and functional status
  • Reduced extent of psychopathology
  • Greater emotional well-being
  • Improved coping
  • Strengthening of social supports
  • Overall health enhancement

Spiritual Care Staff Offer:

  • Individual Spiritual Care
  • Enrichment Groups on the units
  • Catholic Communion weekly
  • Healing Prayer weekly
  • Support for all Faith Traditions
  • Sunday Ecumenical Christian Worship
  • Bi-weekly Bible Study
  • HealthRhythms® Group Empowerment Drumming
  • Grief and Loss support and resources, including a Grief Recovery Method® Specialist

Meet the Staff:

Valerie LK Martin, MDiv, GRMS, Spiritual Care Coordinator

Gary Cooper, Spiritual Care Assistant

The Faith Center

Uniquely designed to seat up to 32 people, the Faith Center offers a tranquil atmosphere to enhance the essential spiritual care we provide for our patients and their families. The Faith Center includes a piano and a meditation garden.

HealthRHYTHMS® Group Empowerment Drumming

HealthRHYTHMS® is a fun, evidence-based whole person strategy which promotes socialization and ensures a healthy non-strenuous workout. On a deeper level it builds bridges while fostering nurturing, support, camaraderie, self-respect and respect for others. It is not really about drumming, but uses the drum as a tool for communication and personal expression.


“Spirituality is the aspect of humanity that refers to the way individuals seek and express meaning and purpose, and the way they experience their connectedness to the moment, to self, to others, to nature, and to the significant or sacred.”

– Dr. Christina Puchalski, Director of the George Washington University Institute for Spirituality and Health.