Chaplains have served in the U.S. Army since
the Revolutionary War. George Washington, as commander-in-chief, was
resolute in his view that chaplains were necessary for the good
ordering of the military and steadfast in his conviction that only
well-qualified people should be chosen to serve as chaplains. From
the beginning of the United States, chaplains have served in the
midst of battle; nurturing the living, caring for the wounded and
honoring the dead all the while ensuring service members the freedom
of religious practice. Today chaplains and chaplain assistants
continue the tradition. In addition, they offer:|
If you desire to enhance
your spiritual walk, your relationships or assist Soldiers and
families, we may be able to assist you in your goal.
- Religious services
- Rites, sacraments, ordinances
- Pastoral care/counseling
- Religious education
- Family life ministry
- Institutional ministry
- Professional support to the commander and staff
- Management and administration
- Religious/humanitarian support
- Religious support planning/operations
- Religious support training
- For assistance from a full-time support Chaplain in Northern Illinois call 773-406-5183; in Central Illinois call 217-299-8314; and in Southern Illinois call 217-725-3633.
You can also email assistance requests.
- Interested in becoming a Chaplain in the ILARNG? Please contact CH (LTC) Foster at call 217-761-3563 or email.
- To assist families through your faith group go to Partners In Care, or call CH (CPT) Lambert at 708-824-5255 or email.
- To enhance your relationship with your spouse go to Strong Bonds< or call CH (CPT) Lambert at 708-824-5255 or email.
- To refine your skills in choosing a spouse go to Strong Bonds< or call CH (CPT) Lambert at 708-824-5255 or email.
- For assistance from the full-time Family Life Chaplain contact CH (CPT) Hines at 217-761-3461 or email.
- For assistance from the full-time Family Wounded Warrior Chaplain contact CH (CPT) Hughes at 217-299-8506 or email.
Partners in Care
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Partners in Care is an initiative of the
Illinois National Guard Joint Force Headquarters Chaplain's Office.
The purpose of this initiative is to coordinate support for Illinois
National Guard members and families through partnerships with local
All faith communities are welcome to participate as Partners in
Care. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by the Illinois
Joint Force Headquarters chaplain and a representative of the
participating faith community formalizes the relationship. The MOU
defines the purpose, scope, and nature of the partnership. The
participating faith community offers support to all referred service
members and families within the limits of their resources and
abilities, free of charge, without regard to the recipient's
Referrals of the Illinois National Guard
members and families to Partners in Care faith communities are made
through the coordinated effort of the commanders and units, the Illinois
National Guard Family Readiness Office, and the Illinois Joint Force
Headquarters Chaplain's Office. Guardsmen and families are encouraged to
participate in and access their own faith community, if affiliated.
Referral to a Partners in Care faith community by the Illinois National
Guard in no way implies endorsement of a particular religion by the
Illinois National Guard.
Participating faith communities agree to
provide the Illinois National Guard with a current list of supportive
services offered, as well as a point of contact from the faith community
for coordination and communication of information, referrals and
support. The Illinois National Guard agrees to provide training and
information to faith communities as appropriate to facilitate success of
the partnership. The Illinois National Guard recognizes and understands
that its citizen-Soldiers and their families are integral parts of local
communities across the state. These citizen-Soldiers and their families
endure the stress incumbent upon those who sacrifice in service for the
defense of liberty, safety, and security of both state and nation.
The Illinois National Guard also recognizes
and understands that there are communities of faith uniquely equipped
and willing to provide faith-based support to Illinois National Guard
members and families in times of crisis, stress, and need. It is for
healing of service members and families Partners in Care exists.
Faith groups may offer but are not limited to...
Counseling for individuals, couples, marriages, and
Child care Basic household and auto repairs
Child & teen education & mentoring Reunion
Single parent deployment support
Women's, men's, and children's support groups and
Emergency food, clothing, and housing support
Community needs referrals Crisis and grief counseling
And more ...