In April 2006, three of my colleagues and I started an organization to address nurses experiencing incivility and burnout. We felt that nurses needed to put oxygen on themselves before putting it on others.
Serving Our Sisters Spiritual Food (SOSSF) was established as a public charity 501(c) (3) organization to create a nurturing supportive circle of influence for nurses. Our goal is to intentionally add value to others. To that end, we offer retreats, weekly devotionals on a prayer line, seminars, spiritual counseling and tea parties. We believe that “to whom much is given, much is required.”(Luke 12:48b)
In October of 2016, we had a tea party of 8 in attendance. On October 7th 2017, we had our first community tea party at the Comfort Suites in Palm Bay. The Theme for the evening was: Transform Energy Against: Tension, Impossibility, Mediocrity, & Emptiness (TEATIME). It was God’s power that made a difference, 80 or more guests were in attendance. The atmosphere was elegant and intimate. The Speaker, Michelle Scott, the daughter of a nurse, was dynamic, funny and motivating. Based on our goal of giving, the scripture was 2 Samuel 9:3-9.
The feedback received from this event was positive. Guests wanted to know when the next tea party will be. Some had never experienced anything like this before. Others expressed desires to help with future events. The age range of nurses in attendance was from 20 years old to 90 years of age. How can you help support our nurses? Go to www.servingoursistersspiritualfood.org
Submitted by Board Members: Alex Johnstone – President; Jeanette Thompson – Vice President; Cheryl Howard – Secretary; Nina Charles – Treasurer; Janis McCarter- Member at large and Carol Watson- Fundraising/Sponsorship Chair.