The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) is offering regional training this fall and we want you to be a part of them.  The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services unit of Texas relies heavily upon volunteers like you during a disaster.  Without your help during the 2017 hurricane season, we would have struggled to meet the needs of those who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

You are receiving this email because you’ve expressed interest in helping the Salvation Army EDS in the past.

The nearest training for you will be held in:

  • DATE:  San Antonio, TX on September 7th & 8th 
  • LOCATION:  San Antonio Salvation Army Mission Corp, 3802 SW Military Dr, San Antonio, TX 78211. 
  • CLASSES:
    • Friday (9/7), 5:00pm-9:00pm
      • Ministry of Presence
      • ServSafe Food Handlers
    • Saturday (9/8), 8:00am to 4:00pm
      • Disaster Food Service & Canteen Operations
      • Emotional & Spiritual Care- The Specialist 

To register for classes, click on this link, https://goo.gl/VSWpvq.  Please note, to take any of the above classes, you must have taken our Introduction to The Salvation Army Disaster Services. which is available online.

We hope you will begin to plan to attend both days of training.  Please, feel free to forward this email on to anyone else that you think would like to attend.  You can follow us on Facebook @SalArmyEDSTX.  If you have any questions please email, clay.steelman@uss.salvationarmy.org or call me, 682-300-2404.

You can find out more about each class below. 

Ministry of Presence Helps you understand that the Salvation Army meets more than just the physical needs of a disaster survivor.  We also provide much needed emotional and spiritual support.  This class will explore appropriate emotional and spiritual care from the basic level of “just being there” to the deeper aspects of pastoral counseling to referral

 ServSafe Food Handler is a nationally recognized class created by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.  Participants of this class will learn the basics of safe food handling and preparation. 

Disaster Food Service & Canteen Operations teaches participants about the “ins & outs” of a Salvation Army Canteen, mobile kitchen.  During a disaster, the first gesture of comfort The Salvation Army offers is often a cold drink and a hot meal from one of its mobile feeding units. The Disaster Food Service & Canteen Operations course is designed as the starting point for any disaster worker who wishes to be a part of disaster food service operations.

Emotional & Spiritual Care-The Specialist is an advanced class taught to those who have completed Ministry of Presence.  This class is designed to train all Salvation Army disaster workers with the basic skills necessary to offer emotional and spiritual care, as needed, to disaster survivors and first responders.  Participants will explore how cultural and religious practices influence ones’ response to a disaster.  During this class, the participant will also learn 3 approaches for offering emotional and spiritual care during a disaster.