First Wave Aerospace Provides A Corporate Chaplain To Employees When Life Happens

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First Family Care Service was introduced as a faith based employee assistance program.

A chaplain on the payroll of a company is an important employee benefit.

Commercial aircraft parts distributor First Wave Aerospace introduced a new employee benefit and corporate chaplain this week as part of its own version of an Employee Assistance Program called First Family Care Service.

“This is the most important employee benefit we could possibly provide our employees and their immediate family members. We were aware of the success of other nationally recognized chaplain programs that provide a faith-based EAP, but we wanted a plan of our own and, as Providence would have it, the right-fit corporate chaplain for us was enrolled as a second year ministry student at nearby Rhema Bible College,” Tony McAnly, President of First Wave Aerospace said.

Moses Hall, a retired criminal lawyer, who was called into the ministry after being healed from serious illness, attends the Bible College within a short drive of First Wave’s main facility in Tulsa. He said he cried with joy and humility when he was asked to help the firm plan the program and become the firm’s corporate chaplain.

“The Christian Science Monitor reports that Coca Cola management was surprised when employees said they would take less benefits in order to keep their chaplain program going,” Glen Hyden, VP & GM of First Wave Aerospace said. ”General Motors, Ford and Tyson Foods have chaplains and now we do too and our Owner Management Team sincerely hopes our employees and their families are richly blessed through First Family Care Service.”

As part of the program, Moses the Corporate Chaplain will make weekly visits to First Wave facilities, stopping by each work station and being available for confidential consultations in the Company’s conference room. He will provide spiritual guidance and serve as a life coach for employees when life happens in, but not limited to, marriage divorce, re-marriage, consumer debts, parenting, elder care, grief and recovery .

A 2008 study by the Families and Work Institute found that more than 97% of companies with payrolls larger than 5,000 offer EAPs, with anonymous counseling and referrals available by phone. Yet employee are “dramatically” more likely to use workplace chaplains than standard mental health benefits, according to an ongoing study by David Miller and Faith Ngunjiri of Princeton University’s Faith & Work Initiative.

Tim White, VP Inventory Development, First Wave Aerospace, said there are times when everyone is at the end of their rope and the First Family Care Service is designed to help employees and their immediate family members with those types of burdens.

“We live in a stressful world and everyone brings some baggage to the table from that and their pasts. First Family Care Service will help our employees lighten the load and become more satisfied people at work and home,” White said, “We are not afraid to say God is at the top of our org chart. If He is for us, who can be against us?

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