MARGARET BALLONOFF, a para-chaplain for Jewish Family Service since 2009, is refreshingly at ease in her own skin.
Grateful for the challenges and rewards inherent in volunteering, she radiates undeniable self-fulfillment.
The primary responsibility of a JFS para-chaplain is comforting the living, whether depressed, lonely, isolated, or desirous of a little Shabbat serenity or Chanukah cheer.
Most para-chaplains lead Jewish holiday and Shabbat services now.
But Ballonoff has taken on the most difficult position of all — working with the dying at St. Joseph Hospital.