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Selection of a Team


have selected two Teams each in a different way. The first Town was

selected by the coordinator with the approval of the minister. These

individuals were invited to join the Team based on their history of

being caring, compassionate individuals; some with a background in

mental health, The first Team is composed of seven women and one man

ranging in age from sixty-nine to seventy-five. All but one of these individuals is


The second Team was formed by interviewing people who volunteered

from the congregation. The coordinator and the two co-coordinators

interviewed each interested person for an hour, We were looking for

people who were willing to make a two year commitment, able to respect

confidentiality, had some understanding of what they would be doing,

had the potential to be good listeners, and would be able to work with

others on a team. So far everyone has worked out well.

A lot of effort has been put into developing each group as a

separate Team. The second Team is composed of five women and two men

ranging in age from forty to eighty-five. After the second Team is, fully trained,

individuals on the two Teams will, at times, work together. It Is hoped

that there will be two representatives on the executive committee from

the second Team as well. How the second Team will be integrated into

working with the first Team is still being worked out.

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