First Responders Clergy Chaplaincy Services Purpose
We respond to communities in crisis through listening to their concerns, offering uplifting prayer and words of encouragement.
We work with programs or ministries already in place and enhance those programs with a team approach.
We bring a variety of skills to include grief counseling, listening after trauma, as well as connecting communities and families to supportive services.
We look for the 13 signs of community Burn-Out which may manifest themselves in such ways as increased violence in communities, depression and domestic violence.
We organize neighborhood and community prayer vigils.
We utilize the interfaith community as part of our strategy to address crime and violence; this is part of our comprehensive public safety approach.
It is the Pastors of Oakland First Responders firm belief that the clergy and their congregations in the neighborhoods have the ability to help prevent crime by fostering personal responsibility with our communities in the City of Oakland.
We have heeded the call from the Oakland Police Department to establish a working relationship with their divisions that have been established to assist us in this endeavor, i.e.: Neighborhood Crime Prevention Councils (N.C.P.C.), Neighborhood Watch, City-County Neighborhood Initiative targeting Sobrante Park in East Oakland, The Hoover Historic District in West Oakland, National Night Out, America's Night Against Crime, Neighborhood Watch Steering Committee, Community Summit, Youth Safety, Senior Safety, Festivals and Events, Volunteer In Policing, and Measure Y for a safe Oakland, and the Oakland Community Response and Support Network (CRSN).
We offer First Responder training to any pastor through the chaplaincy program.