The Spiritual and Emotional Care Team helps cultivate hope and healing among survivors, volunteers and community members in the tornado-affected areas. We have adopted the Points of Consensus of the National VOAD as the governing principles for our work together, which includes a commitment to provide care to all people, regardless of culture, gender, age, sexual orientation, spiritual/religious practices or disability.
Our work takes shape in five recovery areas:
On-site Chaplains & Counselors
Responding to immediate needs from tornado survivors and volunteers, offering a listening ear and supportive presence.
How you can help: If you are a pastor, counselor or therapist willing to volunteer your time, we could use your presence at the Volunteer Reception Center located at Henryville Community Church. Sign up here. All volunteers must agree to follow the Points of Consensus for spiritual care.
Programs for Youth and Children
Organizing special programs for children and youth in the affected areas, including partnerships with schools, summer programs and support for families.
How you can help: Donate to March 2 Recovery to help us fund these programs. Let us know about existing programs in the area that might welcome tornado survivors, especially those with little or no cost.
Off-site Counseling and Spiritual Care
Compiling resources for tornado survivors who need long-term counseling, therapy or support from qualified mental health and spiritual care providers.
How you can help: If you are a certified counselor or therapist willing to donate sessions to help survivors, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supporting the first responders, volunteers, teachers, pastors and other caregivers who are working with tornado survivors, making sure they have strategies to care for themselves and the support they need in their work.
Developing community rituals to help acknowledge the pain of the disaster and giving hope for the future. These include plans for an anniversary service, and house dedications or ground-breaking services for families whose homes are being repaired and rebuilt.