A team of six Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) volunteers traveled this morning to Uvalde, Texas, to provide specialized assistance to children and families impacted by the shooting. These volunteers are experienced and specially trained for critical responses that involved the loss of lives.
The team was to assemble later today and set up a child care center in the Family Assistance Center in Uvalde, traveling at the request of partner American Red Cross. Another team of CDS volunteers is on alert to provide assistance in other locations.
Since 1980 Children’s Disaster Services, a program of Brethren Disaster Ministries, has been meeting the needs of children by setting up child care centers in shelters and disaster assistance centers across the nation. Specially trained to respond to traumatized children, volunteers provide a calm, safe, and reassuring presence in the midst of the chaos created by tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, wildfires, and other natural or human-caused disasters.
Additional information about the Critical Response Childcare Teams can be found at www.brethren.org/cds/crc.
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