Chaplaincy Committee

One of the lesser known programs of the UAW draws its inspiration from the very core of what founded our union – compassion and caring. The UAW Chaplaincy program started in the mid-eighties as a pilot project at Local 599 in Flint, Michigan. At the time, many UAW members – particularly those in the auto industry – were experiencing extreme pressures as domestic car sales plummeted and the lingering effects of the oil crisis led to huge waves of layoffs. UAW leaders recognized that a program was needed to help members adjust through the difficult times and avoid personal crisis.

Despite what its name suggests, the program is nondenominational. Where some worksites have EAP (Employee Assistance Program) representatives, chaplains work in conjunction with them to assist members. From divorce to bankruptcy, depression to substance abuse, chaplains are a key part of helping our UAW family through hard times.

The GM Toledo Propulsion Systems Facility has a Chapel located upstairs by the Benefits office.  The Chapel is open 24 hrs a day and information of how to contact the Chaplain, VAUGHN PATTERSON is there.  

Members of Chaplaincy Committee are :  Jamele Walter, Susie Rodgers, Randy Pitney