|December 25, 2005 Guest - Jeanne
Program: Christmas I’m Witcha Babe
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Jeanne graduated from Augustana College in Rock
Island, Illinois, with a major in Speech Pathology. After teaching a
year she took a job with Young Life in Davenport, Iowa, and took
seminary classes with the Institute for Youth Ministries affiliated with
Fuller Theology Seminary.
After marrying Paul Olsen, a professor at
Augustana, she returned to college to get a degree in Elementary
Education and taught three years. After being a stay at home mom for
five years she began volunteer work at a local hospital as a Befriender,
and was invited to take Clinical Pastoral Education, and to join the
staff of Genesis Medical Center Davenport, Iowa, as a Lay Chaplain doing
work with their Grief Recovery Group, and to work with the cancer and
AIDS patients. She now serves the Orthopedic, Medical and Neurology
units. In addition, Jeanne is the director and teacher of the Befriender
program, with 52 volunteers who have taken 20 weeks of training to be “a
listening, caring presence” to the patients in the hospital.
Jeanne developed the Music for Care and Healing
program which makes available CD players and music for cancer patients
going through treatment.
In addition, she created the Last Letters to
Loved Ones program, which encourages and helps terminally ill patients
write letters to their family expressing wishes, hopes, memories and
thanks. These letters are sealed and delivered after the patient dies,
and are treasured and savored for a lifetime by the recipients.
Just recently she trained to be a Labyrinth
Facilitator and will be teaching classes in the spiritual use of the
In the summers Jeanne and her husband are often
found teaching and working at Holden Village, the Lutheran retreat
center in the Cascade Wilderness of Washington. Jeanne is a member of
St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa.