Local nonprofit SoWal Community Chaplain, Inc launches new website

Updated: May 14

SoWal Community Chaplain, Inc, a nonprofit initiative based in South Walton and dedicated to connecting people in the area to needed resources, is excited to announce the launch of its new website: www.sowalchaplain.org.

“I hope this website will serve as a great landing page for those searching for support and resources in our community,” said Emily Proctor, the SoWal Community Chaplain. “It’s a perfect place to learn more about our mission and vision for the organization as well.”

The SoWal Community Chaplain provides pastoral care to individuals in a time of crisis and transition and fields requests for information about community and faith-based resources from individuals, businesses, churches and nonprofits.

The Chaplain also works with these organizations and other community groups to share information, resources and ideas for community improvement in South Walton County, often serving as a liaison and representative to the faith-based community in South Walton.

“Our vision is for everyone who lives, works, or vacations in South Walton to have easy access to pastoral care and community resources in a time of need,” said Proctor.

Proctor, an ordained Presbyterian minister living in Santa Rosa Beach with her husband and two young children, founded the SoWal Community Chaplain after moving here and noticing all the people who struggled to find support—from those who needed resources such as financial assistance to those who just needed a bit of emotional support during a crisis.

After voicing her concerns aloud, she initially received financial backing from Joyful Blessings to cover initial expenses associated with researching if this program was feasible in South Walton County. In February 2018, the SoWal Community Chaplain received its nonprofit 501(c)3 status.

Now, Proctor is working with Caring & Sharing of South Walton to create a partnership and eventually mold the SoWal Community Chaplain into a sustainable and permanent ministry of the organization.

“This ministry has so much potential to serve so many different community needs,” said Proctor. “From a person who just moved here and wants to get connected in the community or an employer that needs advice on how to help an employee to someone that needs help finding financial or emotional support, anyone can benefit from utilizing the care we can provide.”

For more information about the SoWal Community Chaplain, please visit www.sowalchaplain.org and like the SoWal Community Chaplain on Facebook to keep up with all the latest news.

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