This Corona virus crisis, while causing many hardships, is also providing new opportunities.
The Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs decided to finance and launch 24/7 pastoral care via telephone. Because the Academy has trained pastoral care givers for approximately 30 years, the Ministry asked us to initiate and run this operation. Initially, financing is offered through December 31, 2020 but most probably will be continued also during 2021.
Siimon Haamer is the coordinator of this helpline. The pastoral care telephone line started June 17 at noon. The information was very well presented through many Estonian media channels and in the evening on the main Estonian TV news program. We began receiving calls immediately after the public announcement and the line has been occupied most of the time.
We are now able to offer jobs for 11 pastoral care givers, and this is certainly building up more interest in our study program and pastoral care giving specialty.
The money we received from the government won’t help us in any way to meet the needs of our annual budget. This funding is designated for the program and is not part of our annual budget.
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