Maryland VOAD Emotional and Spiritual Care
It is said that during a disaster is not a good place to be exchanging business cards. Maryland VOAD is a great way to build relationships amongst those involved in disaster work. From first responders, through to long term recovery.
HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response, does not self-deploy. They believe that “If you are not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem”.
If pet therapy work is “predictable”, and “repetitive”, crisis response work is non-predictable, and non-repetitive. From floods, to school suicides, to building collapses, etc.
If you want to get involved in this type of human/dog community service, and/or if your organization can offer beneficial disaster emotional support, please contact Burton Goldstein, Chair of Maryland VOAD Emotional and Spiritual Care Task Force.