Somebody Cares in for the long haul

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Long after the immediate needs are met for victims of a disaster like Hurricane Sandy, one ministry stays to address other needs that still linger.

The hurricane struck the Atlantic seaboard in late October, ravishing the northeastern part of the United States, where New Jersey and New York endured the heaviest impact. Doug Stringer of Somebody Cares America/International tells OneNewsNow that when his group responded to the initial needs of the victims, they looked beyond the surface.

Stringer, Doug (Somebody Cares)"It really took on a deep, deep-rooted anxiety, stress and just a real numbness in so many people that it's hard to overcome those without really addressing some of those grief and trauma issues," Stringer accounts.

He explains that teams will be organizing church services and offering training in trauma counseling for pastors and others who have already been working on the ground, some of whom are having to deal with their own feelings about the dangers, loss of lives and general chaos resulting from the storm.

"We see that many, many people respond differently, react differently. This is an opportunity for them to hear about those who've experienced these things and trained others in these areas, but also to receive some healing themselves and to continue to help their community in the long-term process," the ministry founder submits.

Those receiving the training are the ones who will provide that service over the long haul.

Stringer notes that Somebody Cares unashamedly uses a Christian approach to its program and will maintain a long-term presence in the region.

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