Crisis Response Ministry received a request from the American Red Cross and the Salvation Armyon April 29 to respond to the Canton area where 7 tornadoes had hit. We sent volunteers the evening of April 29th and have continued to provide volunteers each day. They have provided emotional and spiritual care, handed out water and meals as well as other activities. We will continue to have a presence there through Sunday, May 7th. We pray for all of those that have been affected by this devastation as well as praying for all first responders.
Multiple agencies from the DFW area that serve on the Collin County Crime Victims Council presented “An Evening of Empowerment” on Friday, April 7th to honor crime victims and their families during 2017 National Crime Victim’s Rights Week. It was generously hosted and sponsored by St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas. Activities included: Makeovers, Clothing Closet, Parenting Class, Recovery Wellness Session, Legal Aid, Budgeting/Financial help, volunteers with therapy dogs, Mental Health Resources & Resource Bags. A great dinner was served to the families along with special guest, Dr. Christy Sim, from Stronger than Espresso who led them in a healing art therapy workshop. Thanks to all our CRM Collin County Volunteers for your help in making this a successful evening!
CRM volunteers had a great turnout of yellow shirts for our CRM promo for the Farmersville Citizens Assisting Police monthly meeting on Thursday, April 6. We had three great looking dog teams including Roz Henwood and Rusty, Peggy Gooch and Arlo and Bunny Frost and Spirit in attendance. Thanks also goes out to Don Gieseke, Tarrant County Chapter Director and Therapy Dog Teams Director, Doug Roberts, Collin County Deputy Director and Jim Fleming Liaison Officer for Collin County. It was a lot of fun and believe we may have generated some new members for our Collin County chapter. Thanks to Jim Fleming for the invite!
Saturday, February 11, 2017 the CRM Comfort Dog Team led by Don Gieseke met for their first luncheon meeting in Garland. It was wonderful to finally get to meet, face to face, the members who serve those in need through their therapy dogs. So many of these folks have a great wealth of experience and look forward to working alongside each other and learning from one another. Next time we will introduce the dogs to you!!
Back row, left to right: Carolyn Marr, Bunny Frost, Roz Henwood, Donna Stottlemyer, Chris Fry, Ellen Cassett and Jean Hutchins. Front row: Mike McCall and Don G. Two members absent: Peggy Gooch and Sherry Glaze.
Crisis Response Ministry would like to welcome Dr. James Ellor as the newest member of our Board of Directors.
Dr. Ellor currently serves as Professor, PhD Program & Co-Director at Baylor University in Waco Texas. Dr. Ellor is also working directly with the Texas Office of Emergency Management to improve the efficiency of call outs related to emotional and spiritual care for victims. He also works with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. He previously served as Professor of Human Services and Gerontology at National - Louis University in Wheaton, Ill., for 21 years. In this capacity he also was the director of the Center for Positive Aging. Concurrent to this position, he served part-time as an on-call chaplain at Edward Hospital in Naperville, Ill. Previously, he was a research associate at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Dr. Ellor works with older adults around issues of mental and spiritual health. He has served on the executive committee of the Midwestern Geriatric Education Center and provides education, counseling, and planning for individuals and groups who work with seniors. His research includes work in entrostomal therapy, hunger, spiritual assessment, and intervention techniques with cognitively impaired older adults. He is married to Janet R. Ellor. They are parents of Lisa and Margaret McCormick Theological Seminary, BA from Kent State University.
Some of our CRM Collin County Chaplains had the opportunity to attend the Tree of Angels dedication on Friday, December the 9, 2016 at the Collin County Courthouse. The Tree of Angels is sponsored by the Collin County District Attorney’s office and the Collin County Crime Victim Council of which the Collin County Chapter is a part of. The Tree of Angels is in support of crime victims and allows families to place personalized ornaments on the tree in support and remembrance of victims of violent crime. We were honored to be able to provide emotional and spiritual support to some of these families.
Glenn Cato, our Interim Chairman of the Board has announced that Crisis Response Ministry has three new CRM Board members.
Joshua Moseley, MS, NREMT
Volunteer and Training Coordinator for The Salvation Army Texas Division Emergency Disaster Services
Dallas/Fort Worth Area Nonprofit Organization Management
Josh’s current position as Volunteer and Training Coordinator for The Salvation Army’s Texas Division of Emergency Disaster Services provides CRM a direct link for deployments in statewide disasters. He will be one of our Directors on the CRM Board representing Emergency Management.
Senior Pastor Jimmy McNeil
Pleasant View Baptist Church
Pastor Jimmy has been instrumental in his support of Don Gieseke's effort to launch and grow the Tarrant County Chapter. He will be one of our Directors on the CRM Board representing the Faith Community.
Assistant Chief Ronnie Morris
Grand Prairie Police Department
Assistant Chief Ronnie Morris was recently promoted to the position of Assistant Chief with the Grand Prairie Police Department. He will be one of our Directors on the CRM Board representing Law Enforcement.
We look forward to what God has in store for us in the coming year. We are thankful for the diverse skills and abilities that our Board brings to the table in leading us. We thank you for your prayers as God makes His will known to us.
CRM Deputy Executive Director
Big X 2016 is a 16‐county regional training exercise sponsored by the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTOG) on behalf of its 240 local government members comprised of cities, counties, independent school districts, and special districts throughout the North Central Texas Region. Thank you to our CRM Grand Prairie Chapter and other volunteers for participating in this event.