The Salvation Army To Host Disaster Training for Volunteers

Sep 6, 2019

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 


The Salvation Army To Host Disaster Training for Volunteers


MILWAUKEE COUNTY – Have you ever wanted to volunteer for The Salvation Army during a national disaster? Have you ever wanted to provide emotional/spiritual care for someone who has been affected by violence in Milwaukee?


If so, The Salvation Army is hosting a few specialized training sessions. These classes are required for volunteers being sent to any disaster or scene.
The classes will be coordinated by The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County's Chaplaincy Program Coordinator, Pastor Alexis Twito. 

Those interested can register online at http://salar.my/training.

Class information: 

Emotional and Spiritual Care in Disaster Operations
Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Sept. 12 and Friday, Sept. 13 (must attend both full days)
Place: Salvation Army Oak Creek Centennial Church & Community Center, 8853 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek, WI 53154
Description: Emotional and Spiritual Care in Disasters gives participants the opportunity to build necessary skills in providing effective emotional and spiritual care to meet the disaster-related needs of responders and affected families/individuals within a disaster situation. It builds on the basic crisis intervention principles taught in Spiritual and Psychological First Aid.

Introduction to The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services
Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Oct. 3 
Place: Divisional Headquarters, 11315 W. Watertown Plank Rd., Wauwatosa, WI 53226
Description: Introduction to The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services is required for all disaster workers. The course offers an overview of The Salvation Army's mission, the services it provides during a disaster, and prepares participants for their first disaster assignment, describing everything from packing to travel to self-care. 

Spiritual and Psychological First Aid 
Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Date: Monday, Oct. 7 to Thursday, Oct. 10 (must attend all four days)
Place: Divisional Headquarters, 11315 W. Watertown Plank Rd., Wauwatosa, WI 53226
Description: This evening course endeavors to build helping skills and a better understanding of the unique role of the crisis responder, and trains participants in the fundamental principles of spiritual and psychological first aid (SPFA). Care provided in SPFA may be defined as practical, compassionate, supportive presence designed to mitigate acute distress, assess needs, provide essential supportive care, and link with other support systems as needed for ongoing spiritual, emotional, and mental health care. This course is designed for anyone who wants to enhance their skills in providing SPFA to survivors of loss, disaster, emergency, trauma, and crisis setting, especially as Emergency Crisis Chaplains.

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About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (Human NeedsIndex.org). Locally, 87 cents of every dollar raised is used to support more than 80 programs and services.


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