Kathy Fry-Miller is retiring as associate director of Children’s Disaster Services (CDS), effective Sept. 13. She began leading CDS on Feb. 1, 2014, working from her home in North Manchester, Ind., and from the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md.
Children’s Disaster Services is a ministry within Brethren Disaster Ministries and the Church of the Brethren Global Mission and Service. Since 1980, CDS has been meeting the needs of children by setting up child care centers in shelters and disaster assistance centers across the nation. CDS volunteers, who are specially trained and certified to respond to traumatized children, provide a calm, safe, and reassuring presence in the midst of the chaos created by natural or human caused disaster.
During Fry-Miller’s tenure of more than four years, CDS has responded to more disasters than in any similar period. The program has experienced two years of record-breaking CDS responses, and a special response to the crisis in Nigeria.
Fry-Miller has led the program through an expansion of volunteers, developed new partnerships, and secured new grant funding. Representing CDS and the Church of the Brethren on policy and procedure writing groups and at national level meetings, she has become a recognized leader in child and trauma recovery.
For more about Children’s Disaster Services go to www.brethren.org/cds .