VOA|ReST: Resilience Strength Time

Hosted By
Madonna A.
Tuesday, Jun 11, 2024 | 06:00pm - 07:00pm EDT
4 seats remaining
About this meeting
VOA|ReST is an online peer support service providing the benefits of a confidential, interactive process to individuals who are struggling with loneliness, stress and fatigue during these extraordinary times. Each VOA|ReST group – led by up to two facilitators– follows processes designed to discharge distress and enable rediscovery of positive commitments to work and lifestyle goals. It is one way of alleviating exposure to moral distress experienced by frontline workers in long-term care, health care, social services and the general public during the current global health crisis. Without a chance to address these sometimes-debilitating feelings, people are at risk for moral injury, which over time may deepen into the destruction of integrity and character. Moral distress is characterized by emotions such as shame, guilt, humiliation, fury, despair, self-loathing, sorrow and a loss of trust. Sessions are limited to 10 or less participants. Video use, with your camera, is required for participation in VOA|ReST sessions. If you are using a mobile device/phone, go to your web browser, and log onto HeyPeers! to access your scheduled meeting.

About the host
Madonna J. Arsenault, M.Div., CSD, Chaplain, CPSS *Blessings of deep peace be with you; I’m grateful you are here. I come from a long line of indigenous healers, and am a Christian believer. *I’m also a teacher of beautiful things and an encourager of spirit with many years of experience of providing spiritual and emotional care with persons who are our most vulnerable from diverse populations, bringing hope to life. *Credentials: M.Div., Master of Divinity, Hospital Chaplain, Hospice Chaplain, Chaplain and Minister for Volunteers of America, Certified Spiritual Director in private practice, Birth Doula, Trainer/Facilitator Shay Moral Injury Center, VOA, Certified Peer Support Specialist, Clinical Therapeutic Musician, Residential Counselor, and Reiki Master. *Groups where you will find me as a peer supporter: Volunteers of America VOA ReST for First Responders, VOA ReST for Veterans, VOA ReST General, DBSA, DBSA Friends and Family, Pregnancy and Postpartum Care and Support, Hey Ladies Growing Together: New Moms, Soul Care for Women, One-to-One Life and Wellness Coaching, and Spiritual Direction *During a very difficult time in my life, his saying helped to shift my mindset: “…the unendurable is the beginning of the curve of joy”. It speaks of honoring the present moment with hope, waiting for a turn in circumstances, and lifting the hope with a promise of joy awaiting on the other side of a hard now. In peer support, that’s what we do together in a safe and confidential space of empathetic and compassionate connection. The most important thing for us is to know that we are not alone in the life challenges we are facing. *Please reach out to me here on Hey Peers if you desire to connect for one-to one peer support, spiritual care, emotional support, or life and wellness coaching. Deep peace, Madonna
Motivation for help
I have been to the dark edges of deep sorrow and pain, and I have been brought to a sacred garden of joy and peace. My life is a story full of hope on this journey, and I’ve found that there is healing in the sharing our stories, more importantly, having our stories witnessed and believed is when the power of healing begins to arrive.
Recent reviews
Tim is always great
May 29, 2024
Kept the group involved and great topics / facilitating
May 29, 2024
Apr 28, 2024
Madonna has a caring presence and such soulful wise energy. She offers reassuring and wise responses and there is trust in her and in the space. I feel that she has a special ability to encourage an energy space between the individuals in the group and as a meeting for community. She helps me make meaning out of things.
Apr 28, 2024
Madonna is a compassionate leader, calm and knowledgeable.
Apr 28, 2024
Madonna is a sweet soul - I cannot leave a group with her without feeling lighter. She is pure light for this world. Thank you! (And it was great to meet a new facilitator!)
Apr 25, 2024
I love Madonna. She is kind and supportive to all members and allows everyone who wants to speak a chance to do so. She is one of my favorite facilitators on Hey Peers.
Apr 24, 2024
They were empathetic and helpful.
Apr 24, 2024
Good group overall. Glad I attended and participated and shared.
Apr 24, 2024
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Volunteers of America

Volunteers of America and its Shay Moral Injury Center is dedicated to education, research and recovery strategies for moral distress and moral injury. Developed using best practices of its evidence-based Resilience Strength Training program for veterans, VOA|ReST meetings are ideal for care workers, first responders, veterans, and anyone in high stakes professions looking for some relief. Through its hundreds of housing, health and human service programs, Volunteers of America touches the lives of 1.5 million people in over 400 communities in 46 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico each year. Since 1896, our work touches the mind, body, heart — and ultimately the spirit — of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective programs and services.