Religion, Spiritual Development

RCAB Clergy Benefit Funding Trust

Healthier Priests build Stronger Communities.

aka Clergy Health & Retirement Trust

Braintree, MA

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Mission

The Clergy Health & Retirement Trust provides for the health, well-being and long term needs of priests in good standing of the Archdiocese of Boston who have devoted their lives to the spiritual needs of others.

Founding Year

N/A

Executive Director

Mr. Joseph D'Arrigo

Main Address

66 Brooks Dr

Braintree, MA 02184 USA

Keywords

Strengthening, advocating, coordinating, wellness, Intentional Living,

EIN

45-3995881

 Number

1227916402

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Roman Catholic (X22)

Unknown (Z99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a religious organization.

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

The Clergy Health & Retirement Trust (CHRT) exists to have healthier priests. Healthier priests build stronger communities. It is clear from specific data points that the population we serve, Archdiocese of Boston priests in in good standing, that our priests need to be supported, encouraged and enables to have a healthier life style. All priests, senior and active, are supported with various health and wellness benefits. Additionally, senior priests are also supported with a stipend and modest housing allowance. The longer the senior priests remain healthy and active in ministry the more they can support the active priests in parish ministry. At this point in time there is only 0.9 active priests for each parish. Hence the health and wellfare of all priests are our priority.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Caring for priests

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of clients served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Males

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

2018 includes 367 Active Priests and 213 Senior priests. 2017 includes 381 Active Priests and 209 Senior Priests. 2016 includes 382 Active Priests and 219 Senior Priests.

Number of donations made by board members

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

CHRT has 100% donor participation from the Board of Trustees

Number of Priests enrolled in the Intentional Living Program

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Males,

Aging, elderly, senior citizens

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

As of May 2019 there are slightly over 100 Priests participating in the Intentional Living Program. The goal is to have 180 for 2019. This program was new in 2018.

Number of older adults being supported to live at home through home care, assistive technology, and/or personal support plans

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Males

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

This represents the Senior Priests living on their own or at Parishes that are visited each year by a member of our Care Team which supports the priests with a Registered Nurse and a Social Worker

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The CHRT is aiming to develop a population of active and senior priests who are living an intentional lifestyle. Studies show and data indicates that living an intentional lifestyle leads to a decrease in lifestyle related diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension. Also as more active and senior priests engage in an intentional living lifestyle, and decrease lifestyle related illnesses, their related medical costs could ultimately decrease over their life. CHRT is a self funded medical plan so any decrease in medical costs are savings for future medical costs.

CHRT has introduced a specific program called CHRT Intentional Living which offers participating priests various tools from which to choose along with support and encouragement on a self guided journey of living with intention. The tools are intended to foster awareness of various aspects of lifestyle that impacts their health. The tools include a Fitbit, a Nokia electronic scale, a Joslin Diabetes program, Lifestyle Coaching, Wellness Coaching, and others in development. CHRT also has a Care Team to work with our priests. The Care Team includes a Registered Nurse and a Social Worker that are available to work with any of the priests that have presented medical issues. They also work with other priests as advocates where needed. The Care Team provides personal visits along with ongoing communication for both active and senior priests. Regina Cleri residences, our senior priest facility in the West End of Boston is home to 54 senior priests.

The CHRT organization provides dedicated personnel to support the active and senior priests with programs through newsletters with links to helpful information, seminars throughout the year, an annual retreat, and ongoing communication. Much of the communication is targeted to specific lifestyle disease prevention. The personal visits from the Care Team are intended to encourage and support the priests. The Executive Director visits each Vicariate annually getting to know most of the priests. He encourages them to help themselves and help their brother priests. CHRT also has a listing of mental health providers that are available to all priests on a confidential basis under the health care.

There are four indicators that will state CHRT is making progress. The CHRT progress indicators are a decrease in the annual average health risk index and the annual care gap index. There are currently just over 100 priests participating in the CHRT Intentional Living Program. The goal is 150 priest participants. The medical costs and trends are watched closely on an aggregate basis. As lifestyle claims decrease, or at least have a lower increase rate, that is a measurement of progress.

Each of the last three fiscal years has seen a decrease in the average risk index and the average care gap index. The general population medical care rate increase is 7% whereas the the CHRT current year medical claims are fairly constant to the prior year indicating CHRT has a lower than area adjusted medical inflation rate. Also there are currently over 10 senior priests over age 90 living at the Regina Cleri residences. This number has increased significantly as a majority of those priests remain active in their parish communities.

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Financials

RCAB Clergy Benefit Funding Trust

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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Not Applicable

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Not Applicable

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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Not Applicable

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Not Applicable

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Not Applicable

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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