On the show today we are talking all about the value of companionship with Rev. Jermine Alberty, Executive Director of Pathways to Promise.   With waitlists for clinical supports getting longer and longer more and more people are looking to the church for support.  Pathways to Promise is a resource center that offers faith communities tools, training and assessments to become a church that welcomes those who struggle with mental health.




Website:  The Companionship Movement


When you are called by God make sure you ask what he is calling you to

  • Jermaine is called to be the “SALT of the earth” Serving, Affirming, Loving, Transforming
  • Life doesn’t have to be saturated by mental health addictions and trauma.  There are supports, counselling, and medications to help with these issues.
  • One yes can change your life.
  • If you fail don’t give up, keep on moving.


Pathways to Promise connects mental health faith and culture. comes along churches in creating mental health-friendly organizations

  • Pathways to Promise collaborates with faith, spiritual, and non-spiritual communities to share resources that assess, educate and effect change to welcome, support, engage and include persons with mental illnesses and those who care for them


Loneliness and isolation are endemic. 

  • Causing increased depression, anxiety and addictions
  • Prior to Covid-19, we were facing a mental health crisis, but the pandemic exacerbated these issues

Being concerned is rooted in fact, worry is rooted in the unknown 

  •  Pathways to Promise can equip people through their training to help people with the concerns they are experiencing now.


Companionship program 

  • A basic human  relationship between two equals
  • Response to those who are ins distress and suffering; it’s not about fixing the problem
  • A public relationship is done in community 
  • Recognizes our need for a circle of care


Companionship program is training that equips people in skills with 

    1. Hospitality: how to create that feels welcome
    2. Neighbouring: the soul thrives in community
    3. Side-by-side: finding the commonalities,
    4. Listening: No imposing our opinions 
    5. Accompaniment: Connecting to resources and building a circle of car


Difference of caregivers and companionship

  • By way of your lived experience, you can share with others.
  • Caregivers are thought of taking on the pain of others, where companionship is walking alongside
  • Companionship is driven by compassion
  • I am not able to do that” – having limits and boundaries can be done without apology


Companionship is meant to enhance what your church already has 



Website: https://pathways2promise.com/
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