Children’s Disaster Services offers spring training workshops

Church of the Brethren Newsline
January 26, 2018

A CDS volunteer cares for children in southern California, during the response to the wildfires of late 2017. Photo courtesy of CDS.

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) is offering several training workshops for volunteers this spring, in a variety of locations across the country. CDS volunteers work at the invitation of the American Red Cross and FEMA to care for children and families affected by disaster. Find out more about the ministry of CDS and how to become involved at .

Dates and locations of upcoming workshops follow:

March 23-24 in Shreveport, La., hosted at the Shriners Hospital for Children. Contact Tommie Hazen at 318-222-5704, 318-780-8351, or

April 14-15 at La Verne (Calif.) Church of the Brethren. Contact Kathy Benson at 909-593-4868 or 909-837-7103

April 20-21 at Trotwood (Ohio) Church of the Brethren. Contact Laura Phillips at 937-837-3389,  937-371-1668, or

Two specialized trainings also are offered this spring:

March 3 at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, Syracuse, N.Y. This is a Child Life Specialist workshop for specialized training. Contact Brielle Swerdline at or 973-945-1250.

May 3 at Red Cross Square, Board of Governors Hall, in Washington, D.C. This is a specialized training for Child Life Professionals. Child life specialists and child life students are invited to register and attend. For more information regarding the details about this specialized training, visit

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