Disaster Response

The West Virginia Council of Churches partners with WV VOAD and other agencies to provide disaster response.  Check this page for updates during state disasters.

Disaster Spiritual Care Training
Disaster spiritual care is one of the most unique and profound ministries that clergy and laity can provide in the event of a disaster.  It is critically important that clergy and laity are able to provide disaster spiritual care according to best pastoral practices, while adhering to local incident command protocols.  From time to time, the West Virginia Council of Churches, in conjunction with state and local agencies and organizations will offer Disaster Spiritual Care training in various locations across the state of West Virginia.  The purpose of this two-day course is to assist the participants in learning how pastoral interventions and traditional psychological crisis interventions may be effectively integrated in disaster situations.  This training qualifies for Level 2, Tier 2 of the West Virginia Council of Churches Disaster Spiritual Care program guidelines.  Social Work CEU’s are pending.

Perishable Food and Medicine Project
The West Virginia Council of Churches in conjunction with Facing Hunger Food Bank, Mountaineer Food Bank, the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security, the WVU Department of Geography, Bernard McDonough Foundation, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Logan Healthcare Foundation, Sisters Health Foundation, and The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, has been working to place generators with food pantries in counties with high rates of the disaster.  To date, generators have been placed at eight sites, including Mountaineer Food Bank.