Emotional & Spiritual Care Committee

Committee Chair:
Naomi Paget, Southern Baptist Convention (North American Mission Board

Vice Chair:
Norm Williams, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Board Liaison: 
Jim Kirk, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance 

National VOAD members interested in participating in this committee should email the committee leadership and tell them how you can contribute to or learn from this committee’s important work. National VOAD members may easily retrieve committee leadership contact information by contacting [email protected]

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Committee Description

The Emotional and Spiritual Care Committee’s mission is to foster emotional and spiritual care to people affected by disaster in cooperation with national, state and local response organizations and VOADs.

The National VOAD ESCC accomplishes its mission in several ways:

  • Embracing the unique contribution of various mental health disciplines and faith based groups.
  • Identify specific issues of emotional and spiritual needs as a significant component of disaster response.
  • Educate state and local VOADs and non-affiliated partners about emotional and spiritual needs in disasters.
  • Promote best practices, standards and models to provide effective emotional and spiritual care.