Disaster Response Mini-Academy
Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

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St. Joseph UMC
205 N. 3rd St.
St. Joseph, IL 61873

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Christy Blickensderfer

Twice a year, a Mini Academy is held with a variety of trainings which can include Early Response Training, Connecting Neighbors, Spiritual & Emotional Care Team, and Volunteer in Mission Team Leader. 

An explanation of these trainings are as follows:

What is Connecting Neighbors: This training inspires congregations and communities to minimize disaster-caused harm to people and property and to respond to neighbors in helpful, cooperative and caring ways on behalf of the church and in the spirit of Jesus Christ. Information from this training comes from the knowledge and experience gleaned over many years by dedicated volunteers who have served their neighbors on behalf of the church.

What is the Spiritual & Emotional Care Team: Provides spiritual & emotional care following disasters. Working closely with the conference Disaster Response committee, care teams help survivors connect with their personal and community spiritual, emotional & basic life resources. 

What is a Volunteer in Mission Team Leader: The work of a VIM team leader includes the planning & carrying out of an effective mission work trip. The mission trip is a ministry to those that you are leading and those served by the mission team.