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Most of our services benefit from having their own on site Chaplain who supports both staff and residents alike. The Chaplaincy programme is unique to The Salvation Army and is most effective where it is as flexible as possible. 


Where an Officer appointment has not been possible, we seek to recruit uniformed Salvationists into the position of Chaplain. Our spiritual programme is totally optional for residents, however, we truly believe in the importance in spirituality in personal wellbeing and welcome residents of any faith to explore spirituality and support them within this. 

Major Gillian Coates and her husband Major David Coates act as chaplains at Catherine Booth House – a Lifehouse for vulnerable families to stay in Portsmouth. They are also chaplains at Hope House which is a Lifehouse for men and women who are experiencing homelessness in the city.

They provide pastoral and spiritual support to those who come through the Lifehouses’ doors. They aim to provide compassionate support and a listening ear to the people who stay at the Lifehouses whether they have a faith or not.