Responders Resource Center was created when we realized there was a need inside the faith-based community to have greater levels of care during and after critical events. Our founder realized church staffs are often overworked and therefore could not keep up with the needs of people in regards to providing the highest levels of care. So, we set out to launch an extensive one-year training program to equip those who felt they had the heart to care for people but needed practical, hands on, tool rich type training.
But what happened next was we began to get requests to train agencies outside of the faith community. In response, we opened our CISM (critical incident stress management) training to all agencies and individuals and have trained hundreds in various fields how to provide the best care for their teams after a powerful event occurs. And we’ve had the privilege of placing chaplains in police and fire departments, in churches, and in training chaplains that respond through the 911 system.
But it didn’t stop there. Due to the numerous people who have taken our courses (coming in from all over the country), we have created a crisis response team (SWW CISM Team), launched a mobile response unit (Refuge Point) which deploys with first responders in order to care for them on long call outs, and regularly consult with other teams to help guide and enhance their processes. And with all the work to be done out there, we believe we’re just getting started!