Chaplains Associates, Inc. 
Caring for People in the Workplace

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Love Letters of those receiving care from Chaplains Associates:

MidTexas Industrial Properties, Inc. is a company in Midlothian, Texas (just south of Dallas) that is in the business of automobile distribution and processing, and employs approximately 100 people.  We started using Chaplains Associates, Inc. in 2000 and believe it has been a very effective program.  Chaplains Associates operates in a very professional manner, maintains strict confidentiality, and is sensitive to the operating requirements of businesses.


We had not had a chaplain previously and were advised that it could take several weeks for the employees to get comfortable with this concept.  However, we experienced an acceptance almost from the beginning.   The program has shown our employees the company’s concern for their well being, and demonstrated our desire to adhere to a high standard of morality and ethics in the workplace.  Our chaplain is the only minister many of our employees have known and, in addition to counseling, has performed several weddings and funerals for employees and their families.

We would highly recommend Chaplains Associates to any business desiring to improve its workplace environment and provide a source of general or spiritual counseling to its employees.


Randy Denton


Fidelity Bank - Chaplain’s Corner – Spotlight on Chaplain’s Associates


Fidelity’s assigned Chaplain from Chaplain’s Associates has been serving Fidelity employees for four and a half years.  During that time he has held pastoral discussions with almost 300 different employees.  In fact, from October 2005 through March 2006, he has had 135 site visits, 33 grief contacts, 8 hospital visits, 7 births, sent 77 cards, counseled 8 employees in time of crisis, answered 110 pages and passed out 478 chaplain associate contact packages.  While we may forget when times are good that Chaplain's services are there, it is good to know in hard times that he is available and ready to assist.  Our chaplain is also continuing to train and enhance his crises skills.  He completed 17 hours of crises management training over the last six months and completed his FEMA certification.  At Fidelity Bank we are very lucky to have Chaplains Associates, Inc. as a member of the Fidelity family and team.

I wish to commend the Chaplains Associates  program. This program has been an active part of our culture for almost four years.  To say it is an overwhelming success would be an understatement.  The workplace can be a wonderful environment since it affects so many aspects of our lives. We all understand that our work life consumes more of our waking hours of our life than anything else we do. Used properly, our work can help achieve our family, social, career, physical, financial and spiritual goals. Truly the goals we achieve are dependent on the health of our soul.  The chaplaincy program is a “soul” doctor making house calls to help us with this journey. Via the instrument of our chaplain, our associates pour forth their hearts. And again, through the instrument of our chaplain, blessings are bestowed to associates and their families. As such, most of our associates are taking the steps to accomplish their heart felt goals. The result of this virtue based program is very predictable.  Our company,, with its associated families, has grown wonderfully by worldly and eternal measurements. This would not have been accomplished without the continued dedication of the chaplain who serves us with a humble spirit.   Thank you! God bless you!

Tim Hohmann

Founder and Company Captain

In 1995, Fidelity Bank (Now Ameris Bank) established a chaplaincy program as a supportive service for employees.  This service is provided at no cost to employees and
is an extended benefit of the employee assistance program.  The purpose is to provide a way to meet the spiritual and emotional needs of our employees while being sensitive to each employee’s respective religious traditions. 

Chaplain Ralph Atkinson joined Fidelity Southern Corporation in October 2001 and has touched many of our lives.  We are extremely fortunate to have Ralph as part of our Fidelity Bank family and team.  For many years, Ralph has sent cards of encouragement, paid hospital visits, or sat with us listening attentively.  He has become a trusted resource for employees dealing with severe personal or work-related issues.  Ralph never hesitates to take the time to meet with employees individually, and employees know that their conversations are held in strict confidence. 


Ralph assists employees and their dependents with short-term counseling sessions.  He provides referral services for employees needing specialized or long-term intervention, and provides pastoral counseling for issues such as marriage, divorce, remarriage, death and dying (grief management), illness, and childbearing.  Ralph has performed funerals for employees and officiated at marriage ceremonies within our families…he is a familiar face among the crowd.


Ralph continues to train and enhance his crisis management skills by attending and obtaining certifications such as FEMA—Introduction to the Incident Command System, CISM: When Disaster Strikes: Linking Emergency Management with Stress Management, and Pastoral Crisis Intervention II to name a few.


We appreciate Ralph’s friendship and the continued support that he has extended to Fidelity Bank employees.


Palmer Proctor
Fidelity Bank


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