Children's Disaster Services has been called on several times in the last few weeks to provide childcare at shelters and multi-agency resource centers in Missouri: at Jefferson City and Eldon following tornadoes, and at Independence, Brunswick and Boonville as a result of historic flooding.
Originating in 1980 and administered through Brethren Disaster Ministries, this service provides care for children while their parents seek assistance at centers sponsored by Red Cross and/or FEMA.
CDS volunteers are specially trained to respond to traumatized children by providing a calm, safe, and reassuring presence in the midst of the chaos created by disasters.
The ministry is open to both women and men, regardless of religious affiliation.
There is always a need for more trained volunteers.
The nearest Midwest training opportunity will is Oct. 18 through 19 in Omaha, Nebraska.
Check out the website at brethren.org/cds.