Anyone may be connected to an independent caregiver for emotional or spiritual support, regardless of religion, observance-level, denomination, age, sex, gender identity, orientation, ability, nationality, or political affiliation.
Nope! Even though we are a Jewish organization, RUACH is open to people of any (or no) religion.
RUACH takes a holistic approach to wellness including spiritual support, something which is frequently overlooked in the wellness conversation.
Holistic wellness is something that for most people requires an active effort to achieve- Unfortunately there are many barriers to getting support for most people. RUACH exists as an effort to minimize these barriers on all fronts.
RUACH takes great pains to ensure confidentiality. You can read more about our confidentiality policy here
RUACH can only offer to connect you with an independent caregiver for short-term support (one to six sessions). If you have more long-term needs, at the end of your six sessions, your caregiver will do their best to help connect you with a long-term provider
Currently, you can find the registration form here.
We try to make connections between clients and our independent caregivers within 72 hours. Your caregiver will attempt to reach you three times to make the connection.
RUACH’s spiritual and emotional support connections are 100% free and always will be.
Our clinical caregiver network consists of licensed therapists, psychologists, counsellors, and social workers, as well as advanced students with significant clinical experience who are under supervision.
Unfortunately our network is not able to take on people in crisis. Please visit emotional support for a list of international crisis hotlines.
Spiritual support can be anything from exploring the questions of life and spirituality or consulting a rabbi on halachot, to studying Torah in video chat chavrusa with one of our spiritual caregivers.
Our network of independent spiritual caregivers range the denomination and observance spectrum. We have Humanist, Reform, Reconstructionist, Renewal, Conservative, Open Orthodox, Modern Orthodox, Orthodox, Chasidic, Chabad, and Haredi spiritual caregivers currently, and are always looking for more volunteers!
Nope, we've got rabbis, rabbinical students, chaplains, cantors, spiritual counselors, and chaplaincy students with at least one unit of CPE.
Yes! On the registration form, there is an option to select what denomination you best identify with. We try and make matches between compatible caregivers and clients based on this information.
If you feel your main reason for reaching out to us for a support connection is due to LGBTQIA+ related issues, you may want to request LGBTQIA+ specific support.
Our network of independent caregivers in the LGBTQIA+ specific support stream identify across the spectrum- many are LGBTQIA+ themselves, and some are simply allies with experience in the area.
Absolutely. All independent caregivers in our network have been coached in LGBTQIA+ affirming care.
Holistic Wellness is the bridging of physiological, emotional, and spiritual wellness.
We are still working on that at the moment- we have nutritionists, make up artists, fitness trainers, and more joining our team of volunteers, offering varying levels of service, from tips in social media and on our upcoming blog, to online workshops.
Of course. As with everything else on RUACH, you can access our wellness resources at no cost.
Send an email with your name, CV or experience, and what you'd like to volunteer in to email@example.com
We're looking for anyone and everyone! Of course we love to get emotional and spiritual caregiver volunteers, however, we're also always looking for help on the backend! If you know design, marketing, coding, business operations, grant writing, please reach out! Also, if you have a special skill you're willing to teach others, or have content to share, we'd love to hear from you.
We prefer that our independent caregivers provide their own insurance, however if you are a student or are in an otherwise financially tight situation, we may be able to put up a small amount against the cost of the insurance.
You bet! If you're a chaplain and also happen to be highly skilled in Python, for example, let us know!