Every Victim Chaplain and Victim Responder is trained to respond to people who have suffered trauma, critical incidents, grief and loss. As a service to our communities, we strive to work thru local police and fire departments as chaplains to those who have become victims or suffered the loss of a loved ones or homes. We do not try to be Police or Fire Chaplains, but Chaplains for the citizens of the community that the Police and Fire Fighters serve. We look to partner with Police and Fire Departments as a resource to them to help citizens they serve answer the question “Who’s there when the Police leave?”
We also act as Chaplains for Hospitals and Hospital Trauma Centers, serving those who need the emotional and spiritual care provided by a trained Victim Chaplain or Victim Responder.
Soon after establishing Victim Relief Ministries, Gene Grounds was called to New York after the 9/11 attack in 2001. VRM soon added Disaster Response to the Ministry of Victim Relief. VRM was one of the forerunners of providing emotional and spiritual care at the sites of disasters. As members of VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters) VRM provides trained and credentialed Chaplains and Crisis Responders ready to respond. Our chaplains are trained in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), Spiritual & Psychological First Aid, and have taken at least two of the FEMA ICS classes. From hurricanes to tornadoes to wildfires to floods; VRM has responded to all types of disasters working with Government Officials to help the people affected by these disasters. Victim Relief can:
- Provide chaplains for shelters and other places where those affected by disaster gather.
- Go door to door to check on people in affected areas.
- Accompany residents when reentry into affected areas is allowed.
- Embed with relief and recovery teams as they work to help.
- Provide emotional and spiritual care as needed.
- Debrief groups and individuals as needed.
Victim Relief Chapters provide the following support services to victims:
- Assist victims in establishing security and safety
- Provide repair and clean up to damaged residence
- Provide emergency transportation and vehicle repairs
- Provide accompaniment to hospitals, courts and other agencies
- Provide emergency food, furniture and clothing
- Provide emergency financial aid
- Provide bilingual language assistance
- Assist in contacting other victim service agencies
- Provide comforting and grief counseling
- Provide spiritual care by Victim Chaplains
- Connect victim with a local congregation
- Maintain contact with the victim to monitor recovery