Each Victim Relief Chapter is made up of Relief Teams of volunteers from local service organizations and churches.
Each Relief Team has a Team Leader who is a member of the sponsoring local service organization or church. The Team Leader supervises the Team and coordinates with the Victim Relief Chapter for all the Team’s training and service work.
Victim Relief provides assistance in organizing and building the Team, advanced training, software, supervision, administration, and interface with governmental agencies, law enforcement, and service agencies. These services are provided to the service organization or church free of any cost or charge.
A Relief Team’s first priority is to respond to victims suffering from loss or grief within the Team’s organization, church, or neighborhood. A Relief Team also has access through Victim Relief to food ministries, water ministries, clothing ministries, and furniture ministries in order to meet to the needs of local victims.
A Relief Team may also contain specialized Units consisting of volunteers who receive advanced training in responding to disasters, crimes, trauma centers, and transportation centers. Volunteers who train for these services receive special credentials needed for access to the specific locations. A Volunteer may receive training and credentials for multiple services, such as the Disaster Unit and the Trauma Unit. Costs and expenses for travel to disaster or terrorism sites outside the local area are paid by Victim Relief.
The sponsoring of a Relief Team gives a local service organization or church the ability to not only identify and minister to the needs of the local community, but also to be prepared to quickly and effectively respond to the needs of victims of disasters or terrorism around the world.