Our mission is to provide pediatric chaplains with resources to help children
The Wilbert Foundation developed the
BERTIE BEAR KIT...
A care item that directly benefits the children for whom our chaplains care. The box opens up into a playhouse providing Bertie and the child four spacious rooms to play. Chaplains disperse the kits through their networks aiding in interaction with new families, and the children keep the kits.Donate Now
Bertie Bear Kit Information for Chaplains
Bertie Bear Kits
The kit is designed largely for chaplains to use with the toddler to school age child.
As the child opens the kit, they will notice that it is decorated
to be Bertie's living room, bedroom, and kitchen.
Make a Donation Now!
A $100 donation will give 5 children their own Bertie Bear Kit.
M.Div., BCC, Dean, Pediatric Chaplains Institute
Reverend Diana Brady
M.Div., BCC, Director of Chaplaincy Services, Stanford Children's Health
Children's National Hospital
The Wilbert Foundation supports the
Pediatric Chaplains Network
The Wilbert Foundation supports the Pediatric Chaplains Network -- a non-profit organization comprised of pediatric chaplains across the US and Canada that specializes in the care of children. Through the Pediatric Chaplains Institute, the Foundation sponsors grief training for professional chaplains hired into pediatric settings.
The primary goal of the institute is to equip chaplains with important resources to enhance their clinical skills and provide quality spiritual care to children and their families in hospitals or other healthcare settings. Specifically, training addresses age-specific competencies, spiritual needs and assessment, and end-of-life issues including bereavement support.Learn More
Why the Wilbert Foundation Supports Pediatric Chaplains:
At times of terrible stress and grief in hospitals, Chaplains are a key line of support with children, siblings, families and even the nurses and doctors. Chaplains make an immediate, vital impact in hospitals day-in and day-out, but their programs are often under-funded. The Wilbert Foundation is honored to support the efforts of these caring Pediatric Chaplains.
What we can do?
President, The Wilbert Foundation
President of Minnick Services Corp
President, Wilbert Foundation
Fort Wayne, IN
J. DeWayne Dills
Trustee, The Wilbert Foundation
President of Blairsville Wilbert
Dale L. Cameron
Vice President, The Wilbert Foundation
Business Development Manager of Piedmont Precast
Secretary, The Wilbert Foundation
Vice President of Licensee Relations of Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc.
J. Richard Ward
Treasurer, The Wilbert Foundation
Hagerstown, MD & Salem, VA
Holly Baxter Bridgers
Board Member, The Wilbert Foundation
President of Baxter Burial Vault Service, Inc.
Stephen L. Velker
Board Member, Wilbert Foundation
Vice President of Arnold Wilbert/Charleston Wilbert
Goldsboro, NC & Summerville, SC
Michael W. McNeely
Advisor, The Wilbert Foundation
President & CEO of
Abbey Group, Ltd.
Pediatric Chaplains Trained
The Wilbert Foundation is determined to provide the support our children need now which will hopefully help them avoid potential emotional pitfalls later in life.
The work we do may be sacred, but it is greatly elevated by the Wilbert Foundation’s thoughtfulness and generosity.
Cantor Mike Zoosman
Staff Chaplain at the National Institutes of Health - Clinical Center
Not surprisingly, the parents have also joined in the fun so the Bertie Bear kit helps families overcome the awkward barriers they often experience while in the hospital.
Rev. Lavender Kelley
M. Div., Sr. Staff Chaplain, Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
I have a conviction that Pediatric Chaplains are able to touch a broad swath of the population, and I appreciate the opportunity to become better equipped.
M. Div., Board Certified Chaplain, Children's of Alabama
While many may be called to serve as Chaplain, it takes a special anointing to serve as a Pediatric Chaplain. Thank you for making it possible for me to benefit from such a rich experience.