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Health & Community Services

Life Coach Services

The Life Coach Program connects adults, teens, and children with chronic conditions who use the emergency department as their medical home to a primary care physician. This is done by the life coach scheduling the appointment for the client, calling them to remind them of the upcoming appointment, and then following up with the client to make sure they made the appointment and that everything went well. The Life Coach will also help to connect clients to community resources as needed.

Currently Catholic Charities’ Life Coach Program is available to patients at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Emergency Department in Newport News and Chesapeake Regional Medical Center.

For more information on the Life Coach program, please contact Vanessa Dunlap, Director of Health & Community Services at (757) 875-0060, ext. 1033.


Catholic Charities serves as Guardian for individuals who have been deemed incapacitated by the courts. When no family member is able to take on the care of their loved one, Catholic Charities’ Guardianship case workers take on the role of caregiver. Individuals in the Guardianship Program receive on-going case management and on-going monitoring of their needs and services. In its role as Guardian, Catholic Charities assumes responsibility for the personal affairs of an incapacitated person, including responsibility for making decisions regarding the person’s support, care, health, safety, rehabilitation, therapeutic treatment, appropriate housing, residential services and supervision. Guardianship clients become our family members and are cared for throughout the remainder of their life.

inhomerespiteAs Conservator, Catholic Charities is responsible to manage the estate and financial affairs of the individuals, including investments and monthly bills, monitored by the commissioner of accounts by each locality we serve.

For more information, please call Mirlande Sledge at (757) 467-7707.

Representative Payee

Often the Social Security Administration or some other payer source requires that individuals at-risk of being financially exploited or unable to handle their own financial affairs have someone oversee their financial accounts and the payment of their monthly bills. This is a role Catholic Charities can fill.

For more information, please contact call (757) 456-2366.

  • Community Partners

    Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia could not be successful in its work without the help of engaged community partners. We are proud to work alongside the following organizations who make our community stronger and healthier!