TACCOR CARE Team Orientation May 3
TACCOR CARE Team Orientation will be on Saturday, May 3 10:00 a.m.-11:30 Memorial Drive United Methodist Church 12955 Memorial Drive, just west of Beltway 8 between I-10 and Memorial Drive.
TACCOR CARE Teams
TACCOR (Texas Annual Conference Committee on Relief) CARE (Caregivers Actively Responding in Emergencies) Teams are faith-based, on-going teams trained to provide spiritual and emotional care following disasters. Reaching out from the faith community and working as a part of the conference’s disaster response continuum of care, CARE Teams offer peer-to-peer listening, support, information and referral to help disaster survivors connect with personal and community spiritual, emotional, and basic life resources.
CARE Teams do not provide traditional individual ongoing counseling; their purpose is:
- To say the church cares, offering a listening presence
- To reduce the terrible aloneness survivors feel
- To connect survivors with long-term disaster recovery systems, providing support and information about the recovery process and available services
- To gather information and broad surveys for those making decisions about disaster recovery
- To show interest after media interest has waned by buoying survivors’ spirits
- To remind survivors to register with the agency that provides Case Management
What do the CARE Teams do?Depending upon their level of training, CARE Team members may:
- Lead “listening teams” into disaster areas using the UMCOR “information and referral” model
- Provide valuable information to decision makers and local and emergency management officials.
- Provide informal “defusing” for those who have been working at a disaster site
- Provide crisis intervention “congregational meetings” either shortly after disasters or several months into the recovery process
- Provide congregational, staff, and leader debriefings
- Provide support to clergy and other church and denominational leaders
- UMCOR “Basic CARE Team” course
- 4-6 hour “Psychological First Aid” as specified by the Texas Conference
- Criminal background check and Safe Sanctuary Training
- Agree to abide by the spiritual care “Points of Consensus” of NVOAD & Church World Service “Standards of Care for Disaster Spiritual Care Ministries”
Contact Noel Denison, 713-464-1173, or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.