The mission of Victim Relief is to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to victims, their families, and friends in times of crisis brought on by disaster, crime, accident, illness, and abuse.
Each week, thousands of individuals and their families will experience the unexpected pain caused by disaster, crime, illness, accident, or abuse. Since 9-11, hundreds of thousands have been victims, not of foreign terrorists, but of crime, accident, and abuse that has become so commonplace that headlines no longer shock. If that many people were affected by a single disaster or terrorist event, can you imagine the trauma to the nation?
Seeing and hearing about the on-going accidents, violence and abuse is mind-numbing but fails to express the human tragedy that plays out daily in this nation and others. When the immediate trauma of a crisis brought about by crime, accident, illness, or abuse fades, there is a vacuum the victim must generally face alone.
To the question, “Who is there when the police leave?” Victim Relief is the answer. Born almost 20 years ago in Dallas, Texas to serve the victims of crime, Victim Relief has expanded its ministry to serve the emotional and spiritual needs of victims of disaster, accident, illness, and abuse, and to Chapter offices from coast to coast. To the question, “Who is here to help the victims?” the answer is “Ask the Yellowshirts.”
Victim Relief Teams serve first their local communities with compassion and encouragement in times of accident or illness, loss or grief. In many cases, when a victim has no close family or friends, Victim Relief is the only source of emotional and spiritual support, providing follow-up assistance and coordinating with long-term service agencies. At other times, our responders provide emotional and spiritual first aid to start the healing process while waiting for the arrival of a support group of family and friends.
By helping victims in the recovery process, Victim Relief is helping to build stronger and more unified communities, and fighting against the insidious erosion of community confidence caused by crime and abuse. By supporting the victims of crime and abuse, we are helping to fight crime and abuse in a way that denies the predators their victory. We strive to restore the victims to a normal, fruitful life and thus counteract the long-term effect of crime and abuse.
By helping victims of accident and illness, Victim Relief helps return victims to productive lives, thereby adding value to the community. Implementing a system of physical, emotional and spiritual support will eventually promote more community cooperation. The network established by Victim Relief will bind the community together providing a safer and more productive society.
Within our neighborhood Relief Teams, a number of volunteers are selected and trained for deployment with special Disaster Units to national and international disaster areas and terrorist events. By providing assistance to victims and their families in disaster areas, Victim Relief is able to not only serve those in extreme need, but is able to establish relationships and goodwill leading to the establishment of a local Victim Relief Chapter in the area to continue to serve the community on a permanent basis.
The mission of every member and volunteer of Victim Relief Ministries is simply to be a Good Samaritan, to inspire others to be Good Samaritans, and to teach others how to be Good Samaritans.