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As a member of the Crime Victims Council of Dallas County, VRM once again participated in the annual Tree of Angels event. Families who lost loved ones to violent crime are invited each year to attend an uplifting program and dinner, and to hang their customized angel ornaments on tree to honor their lost loved one. Many families return year after year for the comfort they get from this event to help them through the holidays which can be a very emotional time for those who have lost loved ones, especially in such a tragic way. The program includes a keynote speaker each year who relates their personal testimony of their own tragic loss and how they are coping.
This year on December 7th, VRM was represented by eight volunteers who greeted families, handled the check-in tables, located ornaments, served dining tables, and provided emotional and spiritual care to families throughout the evening.
Thanks go out to Leslie Williams, Jacob and June Vo, Leola Sharp, Win Brown, Craig Rodenmayer, and Steve and Linda Hanes for volunteering throughout the evening, and to Don Harris and Steve Hanes for retrieving and delivering the tree, ornaments and water to the church for this year’s event.
On December 9, 2017 members of VRM trailered over 500 gifts from Dallas to Beaumont, Texas. The Christmas gifts were delivered to Shilo Carr ministries. They will be distributed next weekend at a dinner being held for approximately 1500 victims who are still homeless, because the Hurricane Harvey shelters shut down. VRM collected these gifts earlier in the week from the annual Christmas Gala hosted by Life Outreach International. This is always an exciting time of the year for Victim Relief Ministries. We are blessed to partner with other ministries to benefit victims of crime and disaster.
On Tuesday, October 3, Victim Relief was at the Murphy City Council meeting. At this meeting, the mayor signed a proclamation for Family Violence Month in Murphy, Texas. Following the meeting, our chaplains and responders paired up with Murphy PD officers to visit neighborhood block parties for National Neighbors Night Out. The Victim Relief team also joined Murphy PD on patrol ride-outs after the parties ended.
Today Victim Relief teamed up with the American Red Cross www.redcross.org to address an emergency in North Texas. A number of evacuees escaping Hurricane Irma in Florida have not been able return home. As a result, these evacuees have made their way to the Dallas area.
Many of these evacuees needed financial assistance, so Victim Relief worked with the Red Cross to help. Victim Relief was able to quickly prepare $2500 in Visa gift cards for distribution to these victims so they could provide basic needs for their families. To maximize the gift, Victim Relief was able to negotiate with a local bank to waive all card fees to prepare and use the gift cards.
On Friday afternoon, JD Harris of Victim Relief presented $2500 in Visa Gift cards to Jeanne Reinelt from the Red Cross. They manage the Dallas shelters for hurricane victims. These Visa cards will be given out to Hurricane Irma victims. These victims arrived in North Texas recently, and are desperate for assistance.
Mr Harris commented, “In the wake of North Texas Giving Day yesterday, Victim Relief Ministries would like to say a special thank you to its generous donors and supporters. Victim Relief donors make such assistance to crisis victims possible.”
Victim Relief has been regularly serving in North Texas shelters since the beginning of Hurricane Harvey. We have had a great relationship with the American Red Cross for many years.
Victim Relief has been serving in Hurricane Harvey disaster zones in Texas, and will continue deployments to assist the countless victims. Our deployment teams generally spend 2-4 days on deployment before heading home for some much needed rest. While on deployment, they usually stay in churches or other areas arranges through Victim Relief command center or other groups on the ground. Blessings to the many volunteers who have helped us provide much-needed aid during this critical time.
Victim Relief is continuing deployment, aid and assistance to the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Our chaplains, responders, and volunteers have been a critical help to not only law enforcement officers and the military, but also victims and their families. We have set up prayer stations, assisted and counseled victims, and done a great deal of physical help to the victims and responders.
Law enforcement and the military have repeatedly praised our assistance and support of this disaster. Thanks to the donationsand support from the public, we have been able to make a strong impact.
We ask all donors and the public to continue to support www.victimrelief.org with continued donations and fundraisers with friends, family, and co-workers. There is still a lot of work to be done for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, and now Hurricane Irma is threatening Florida. We must continue to be prepared!
Victim Relief has been regularly deploying to the Dallas Mega-shelter set up at the Dallas Convention Center. We provide emotional/spiritual care to victims of this disaster. Evacuees are continuing to move through the shelter, and Victim Relief has committed to be available throughout the process to provide help.
We still need volunteers to help with the overwhelming demand for assistance. If you have been through training, and need to renew your credentials, please visit the www.victimchaplain.org website to renew membership. Or Click Here for a direct link to renew.
To volunteer, please send an email to [email protected] with availability. Please be patient as we are responding to a lot of calls at the moment. Somebody will get back with you.
IMPORTANT: We still need a great deal of funding to assist with this disaster. Click here to make a donation. Please like us on Facebook and share with your friends and family. We need all the help we can get for the victims.
Our website team has spent months preparing the new Victim Relief website. We finally have access to the technology we need to help more victims and also update donors and volunteers more effectively. If you have any questions or suggestions about the website, feel free to email our support team at [email protected]