Hurricanes Harvey & Irma ALERT: We are going to need many more volunteers in the coming weeks and months to deploy in disaster areas and shelters. This includes deployments in Dallas as well as disaster zones around the country. To volunteer and deploy with Victim Relief, please read through information on this page and sign up for a training class at www.victim.care – For additional questions, you may email us at [email protected]
All Victim Relief Ministries personnel and volunteers are required to submit to a thorough background check, execute a statement of beliefs (See Statement of Beliefs below), and receive an endorsement from their local church. In order to gain access to disaster areas, crime scenes, and other restricted areas, volunteers generally must display a badge and credentials from a national agency or association known to the authorities.
Victim Relief requires background checks and credentials from Victim Care Association www.victim.care the national association of volunteer victim chaplains and counselors, based in Greenwich, Connecticut, but will consider credentials from another agency or association that provides evidence of education, training, testing, achievement, and proficiency acceptable to Victim Relief for each level of credentials.
Victim Care Association is headed by Dr. H. Norman Wright, the nation’s foremost faith based counselor in grief and trauma and author of more than 80 books. Training is currently offered at the basic and advanced levels, covering specialized topics in crisis counseling, stress management, death notification, mental health, terrorism and disaster relief, child abuse, and grief counseling. Over 700 chaplains have been trained nationwide, and all the following credentials are available:
Responds as a team leader or member to identify and assist victims in local, national, and international requests for Victim Assistance. Must be licensed, commissioned, or ordained by a Christian church acceptable to Victim Care Association.
Responds as a team leader or member to identify and assist victims in local, national, and international requests for Victim Assistance. Must be a licensed therapist in the state of residency.
Responds as a team leader or member to identify and assist victims in local, national, and international requests for Victim Assistance.
Responds as a team member in a support role without direct victim interface in local, national, and international requests for Victim Assistance.
Serves as a local neighborhood representative to identify and provide direction to possible victims and make appropriate notifications for assistance.
Statement of Beliefs
Authority of Scripture – The Bible is the Word of God, fully true, and is our authority for all that we believe and do (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18).
God – There is one true God who exists eternally in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:26; Matthew 28:19; John 14:9; Acts 5:4,9; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
Deity of Christ – Jesus Christ is 100% God and yet 100% human, born of a virgin birth (John 1:1,14; Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 1:26-38).
Resurrection of Christ – Jesus rose from the dead in a bodily resurrection defeating sin and death (1 Corinthians 15:3-6; Romans 6:4-9).
Second Coming – Jesus Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead (Matthew 24-25; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 19-21).
Salvation by Grace through Faith – A person is saved from eternal separation from God as a free gift when that person places their faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12; 3:16; 5:24; Revelation 21:27).
Specialized Training Certifications Available
Trauma Center Certification
Training and certification for victim assistance in hospitals and medical centers, including the ability to work within HPPA guidelines.
Disaster and Terrorism Certification
Training and certification for victim assistance on the sites of disasters and terrorist attacks.
Law Enforcement Certification
Training and certification for victim assistance at the sites of crimes and accidents.
Transportation Center Certification
Training and certification for victim assistance in airports, train stations, and other mass transit centers.