Intersect Network - Access Services

Intersect

Faith and Mental Health

Supporting people at the intersection of faith and mental health

Primarily in Bucks and
Montgomery Counties

Consultations and trainings
are available for any location

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Coming Together

Intersect’s mission is to support those at the intersection of faith and mental health.

Run by a team of staff prepared to train, consult and collaborate with human services providers and members of faith communities, it is our goal to equip the community to help the community.

Many community needs go beyond the reach of faith leaders, county workers, providers and others alone.

Providing holistic care, a core tenet of our philosophy of care, involves partnership and collaboration between community groups.

By bridging the gap and bringing people together, Intersect Network connects these important facets of the community to develop strategies and plans to address community needs that can otherwise go unmet.

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Tackling Tough Issues

As the Intersect Network learns and grows, they continue to provide training to the local community and expand beyond that to other communities that need to make these connections.

Navigating the intersection of faith and mental health forces us to tackle issues that are traditionally hard to talk about. Through Intersect, we are working to help faith communities and service providers engage complex topics like suicide intervention, spiritual support as a secular provider, and a biblical view of mental illness.

“A lot of faith communities recognize that they have people in their congregation who are living with mental illness but they’re not sure how to help them best. Intersect can serve as a consultant to these communities. Social service agencies often struggle to see people holistically and to include a spiritual component in care, which many people bring as an important part of their lives. Intersect can provide consultation to people in social services to help them be more effective supporters for people from a holistic perspective."
Jess Fenchel
VP of Behavioral Health
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Fostering Collaboration

The Intersect Community Needs Facebook is a care portal for faith communities who are looking to meet local needs in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. This is just one way we work to foster collaboration.

This page posts needs specific to the individuals supported by Access Services and may include needs for time, material resources, and/or monetary donations.

We encourage you to share this page with your family and friends. While we started this page to provide concrete service opportunities to local faith communities, we encourage any community members who are interested in giving back to join!

Multi-Faith Coalition

The Multi-Faith Coalition’s mission is to act as a convener of people from faith communities and service partners to promote collaboration, dialogue, and resource sharing for the common good.

Led by a team of volunteers representing faith communities, human services organizations, and Montgomery County government, it is our goal to strengthen our collective efforts to improve the overall health of our region.

Upcoming Events

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Intersect Team

MDiv, CPRP

Dave Eckert

Mark Boorse

MDiv, CPRP

Dave Eckert

Dave Eckert is the Director of Intersect, an initiative within Access Services that supports those at the intersection of faith and mental health through consultation, training and the fostering of collaboration between faith communities and mental health providers.  He has spent over 20 years working for Access Services within various roles including Director of a Mobile Psychiatric Rehabilitation program and agency Chaplain.  In addition, Dave has served as one of the pastors at Grace Community Church in Chalfont, PA for the last 15 years.  Dave holds degrees in Social Work, Biblical Studies and Divinity.  He lives with his wife and three children in Montgomery County, PA.

Mark Boorse

Mark is a husband and father of 2 grown children. Mark is currently the Director of Program Development and has served at Access Services in a variety of programs over the past 35 years. He has walked with people experiencing mental illness in both his family and his congregation. Over the course of 20 years, he has served as both a deacon and an elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Harleysville.

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If you are interested in helping us develop faith-community relationships by raising awareness and providing resource assistance and support to congregations and organizations in your community, please contact our Chaplain, Dave Eckert.

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