As founder and executive director of St. Alexius Outreach Ministries, Susan Chill, together with the Alexian Brothers, seeks to show Chattanooga’s elders that they are cared for and valued.
With a lifetime of interest in social services, Susan’s passion for serving older adults developed at the early age of seventeen while working for the Alexian Brothers at the Inn on Signal Mountain. It was an Alexian Brother who first recognized her passion and encouraged her to pursue social work, which led her to earn a BSW with a focus in gerontology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
After obtaining her degree, Susan gained invaluable experience as a medical social worker with Hospice of Chattanooga providing case management for patients and their families in both the home and acute care setting. After serving with Hospice of Chattanooga for five years, Susan returned to work for the Brothers as the Director of Social Services at the Alexian Village Health and Rehabilitation Center on Signal Mountain. This provided her with the experience and support needed to accept an offer from the Alexian Brothers to discern new outreach ministries for the congregation.
In 2014, she began working to identify unmet needs in the Chattanooga community and it did not take long to recognize that many older adults were quietly struggling with isolation and loneliness which was slowly eroding their quality of life. With the permission and support of the Alexian Brothers, St. Alexius Outreach Ministries, Inc. was founded in 2017 and started its first program, Hospitality at Home using a “boots on the ground” model of care. The ministry offers opportunities to provide ongoing friendship and supportive services to vulnerable older adults experiencing isolation and loneliness. Meeting people where they are, Susan recognizes that true change happens through ongoing relationship. Today, with the service and presence of the Alexian Brothers, our dedicated volunteers and committed staff serve a growing number of program participants who have blessed the ministry with their friendship.
Haley B. Stacey, MSW
As Program Coordinator for St. Alexius Outreach Ministries, Haley is focused on program development and evaluation, community partnership, and volunteer recruitment and training. She has a passion for working directly with individuals and loves to build genuine connections with the individuals served as well as partnering agencies in the community.
Haley has 4 years of experience working directly with frail and at-risk elderly starting at Hospice of Chattanooga in 2017, where Haley volunteered in patient homes for 2 years and found great satisfaction being available to provide companionship to those families during such a critical time. From 2014-2019, she pursued and obtained her BSW at UTC while also completing an AmeriCorps Stipened program with Welcome Home of Chattanooga where she was a caregiver and case manager for 2 years with individuals needing hospice care as well as a place to live for end of life care. She worked in 2019-2020 as a volunteer coordinator at Hospice of Chattanooga's Care Center, an inpatient unit with 30-40 active volunteers, while completing a Masters level practicum providing therapy and case management to participants of Alexian Brother's PACE program. In May 2020, she obtained her Masters in Social Work at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a concentration on aging. She is currently working to obtain her LMSW in Georgia and Tennesee.
Over the years, she has built a strong network of relationships with community agencies and representatives across all fields of service. Her goal is to expand SAOM by utilizing research combined with building relationships with volunteers, staff, community partners, and our elderly participants and conducting needs assessments to develop successful programs in order to better serve our elders. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering for other area non-profits, spending time with friends and family and collecting plants!
Br. Richard Kane, C.F.A.
Br. Richard Kane has been serving at St. Alexius Outreach Ministry since its incorporation. His joy and compassion are evident in all of his interactions with staff, volunteers, and participants.
Penny’s owner was referred to St. Alexius Outreach Ministries by TN Adult Protective Services for self-neglect. She loved her pets but, due to her deteriorating health and home, she was no longer able to provide proper care for them, Penny was crated for long-periods of time without fresh water or exercise. After her owner was placed in a long-term care facility, Penny was adopted by Susan. Her original owner receives weekly visits from her beloved dog and we have a new friend.