A ministry specializing in pastoral care, outreach and education.
Church Home is a ministry of pastoral care and education located at Montgomery Place. It is a social service agency of Episcopal Charities and Community Services (ECCS) in the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. Church Home was founded in 1888 as a housing facility for aged persons in need. Following the building of Montgomery Place, it became a ministry specializing in pastoral care with seniors and a center for Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). Church Home also provides outreach education throughout northern Illinois on topics including aging, pastoral support for caregivers and end-of-life issues and dilemmas.
Church Home Services and Support
Church Home offers Montgomery Place residents pastoral presence and support by chaplains who are specially trained to minister in communities of religious diversity. Pastoral support for residents and their families includes visiting residents in their apartments, in the Health Care Pavilion and in local hospitals.
Chaplains conduct spiritual assessments, participate in interdisciplinary conferences and assist in crisis intervention and counseling on grief and loss. They also assist with preparation of Advanced Directives, conduct regularly scheduled worship services and memorial services, and lead Scripture study and discussion groups. Chaplains also work with religious leaders in the local community to provide worship opportunities and pastoral care for residents of all religious traditions.
The Chaplain and Board of Directors
The Reverend Laura Gottardi-Littell is Chaplain and Director of Pastoral Care of the Church Home at Montgomery Place. She enjoys helping people of all ages experience better emotional and spiritual quality of life.
Her professional interests include spiritual formation, psychology, liturgy, education and social justice. She has been active in ministry for 25 years and an ordained Episcopal priest for 11 years. She has worked as a chaplain in hospital, hospice and Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) settings and as a parish priest.
Laura earned her Master of Divinity degree at Garrett Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, where she was a full merit scholar. She then earned a Certificate in Advanced Theological Studies from Seabury-Western Seminary. Laura earned 8 units of CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) and has won recognition for her work in hospital, hospice and CCRC settings.
She is married to a retired professor of neuropathology, and they have non-identical twin sons in high school. Laura enjoys books, biking, good movies, theatre, dance and most kinds of music. She plays guitar and violin; her husband and sons are likewise musical. The entire family also enjoys traveling.
The Church Home Board of Directors
Dr. Constance Bonbrest
Mr. Gregory L. Gleason
Mr. John Juroe
Mrs. Helen M. Johnson
Ms. Suzanne Dutcher
Mr. Doug Hoffman
Dr. Cynthia Lindner
Mr. John Segal
Mr. Scott R. Williamson