At Toronto Harbour Light, spiritual care is a significant component in recovery for clients in the Concurrent Disorders Treatment Program. The objective is to come alongside the client, listen to them, guide them and connect them (if it is their desire) to a spiritual community that reflects their belief system. The importance of spirituality is to help the client find meaning and purpose, a new sense of self, ability to cope using their spiritual values and principles, integrate the client by creating spiritual space into their daily living, and guide them to a dependency on God through their recovery.
From Monday – Friday, Toronto Harbour Light provides morning reflections to create a positive start to the day by reflecting through music, prayer and readings. Spiritual nurturing takes place through journaling, classes, and conversations with the Chaplain.
The Salvation Army exists to be a transforming influence in the communities of this world and at Harbour Light we have seen this transforming influence as clients discover their spiritual path. Those who engage in spiritual care have better self-control, self-esteem and confidence; better relationships with self, others and God; and have found a new sense of meaning, hope and peace of mind.
Major Patricia McInnes
Director of Spiritual Care for Toronto Harbour Light Ministries
Chaplain for the Concurrent Disorders Treatment Program