Caring for Children in a Time of Disaster

Since 1980 Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has been caring for children after disasters in shelters and assistance centers by providing volunteers specially trained and certified to care for children who have experienced a disaster.  Using techniques that utilize toys that encourage expression, volunteers provide a calm safe and reassuring presence in the midst of the chaos created by a disaster.  Part of Church of the Brethren Disaster Ministries, a partner of Week of Compassion, the workshop is open to anyone over the age of 18.  Please visit the website for more information, www.brethren.org/cds/ or contact the WoC staff for more information, weekofcompassion@woc.disciples.org.  We welcome your participation!  This is such a critical ministry. 

There are several CDS workshops currently scheduled.  We hope that you might be interested in attending, especially for those on the East Coast.  There will be others across the country that we will also promote, so stay tuned.  Here are the locations, dates and contact information: 

Litchfield, Connecticut
May 3 - 4, 2013
Friendship Baptist Church
441 Torrington Rd.
Litchfield, CT 06759

Groton, Connecticut
May 31 – June 1, 2013
Groton Senior Center
102 Newtown Rd.
Groton, CT 06340

New Haven, Connecticut
September 20 – 21, 2013
American Red Cross-New Haven
703 Whitney Ave.
New Haven, CT 06511

Connecticut residents, please contact Bruce Lockwood for registration information:
E-mail:  lockwoodbruce@comcast.net  Telephone:  860-883-4280

Not a Connecticut resident?  Register online or contact Children’s Disaster Services, CDS@Brethren.org  410-635-8735, or 800-451-4407, option 5

We find that caring for children after a disaster brings new volunteers to disaster work and ministry, often drawing from teachers and childcare providers and others who work with children.  Or simply those who love children and want to be of service in this way!  If you’re a person who wants to rock babies after a disaster and give their parents a much needed break, this is an opportunity for you to serve.  It is important that we fill this workshop, as the more volunteers we have, the faster we can respond to the needs of children after a disaster.  Thank you in advance for your willingness to serve, your gifts that help us partner with important partners like CDS, and for your courageous compassion. 

This Week’s Assistance:

Development & Long Term Recovery and Rehabilitation:
Haiti, CONASPEH projects