Thank you for being committed to serve those who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey! There are several ways you can help those in need, whether it be as an individual or family, through a specific ministry or as part of Grace’s church-wide efforts.
Austin Disaster Relief Network
Grace has a trusted partnership with the Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN), and there are many ways to serve through them. Currently, they are partnering with several organizations in Port Arthur to organize a massive clean-up effort December 1-3, December 8-10 and January 19-21. They are hoping for over a 1,000 volunteers per weekend to make a substantial impact in the community. Learn more at adrn.org/cleanup.
If you would like to serve in more ways with ADRN, some training is required. All volunteers must go through their orientation class, and Grace also recommends two other trainings. Information on upcoming trainings with ADRN can be found at adrn.org/training/training-opportunities.
All New Volunteers: Orientation & Preparedness Class
Every new volunteer that wants to join the ADRN network is required to take this 3-hour class to get an introduction to ADRN, a training road map, how emergency response works and preparedness training. Every volunteer that completes this course will receive an ADRN badge and become a certified ADRN volunteer. This training is free. (RC Level 1)
DRS: Disaster Relief Shepherd Training
If you are seeking to help a family get back on their feet, this training is for you! The DRS is one of the most important disaster relief roles a volunteer can play within their church in times of disaster. The job of DRS is to walk alongside a family that has potentially lost everything and needs a ‘Good Samaritan’ to be there for them through the process of recovery until their feet are back on the ground. This role does not require you to take survivors into your home or provide financial assistance from your personal funds. This training will equip you with the skills, knowledge and plan to take care and provide extended assistance. To be a DRS, you must take the ADRN Orientation & Preparedness Class, complete the 3.5-hour DRS Training and pass a background check. This training is free.
CISM: Critical Incident Stress Management Training
If you are seeking to work face-to-face with individuals, this is the training for you! CISM training is presented by the ADRN Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). CISM Training helps people in and out of disaster but particularly when we respond to survivors impacted by trauma. This training equips volunteers to deal with the mental, emotional and spiritual needs of survivors impacted by disaster and covers topics about various levels of trauma, crisis intervention techniques and much more. All participants will receive a certificate of completion after completing 14 hours of course time. To be a DRS, you must take the ADRN Orientation & Preparedness Class, complete the CISM Training and pass a background check There is a fee for this training. (RC Level 2)
To register for trainings, please visit adrn.org/training-opportunities.
- Grace’s Disaster Relief Fund: Your gift will be used to support ADRN, Samaritan’s Purse and Grace’s direct efforts to serve those impacted by the hurricane. You can designate a gift to the Disaster Relief fund at grace360.org/ways-to-give.
- Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN): Donate directly to ADRN.
- Samaritan’s Purse: Donate directly to Samaritan’s Purse.