Willing to Respond

Does your congregation desire to be more prepared for disasters, both to protect yourselves and to help your neighbors in time of need? Willing to Respond is for you! This new and rapidly growing network is providing congregations with practical tools, training and relationships, including online resources and connection to denominational, ecumenical and other disaster […]

Suicide prevention resource

Helping Your Loved One Who Is Suicidal: A Guide for Family and Friends SAMHSA has published a new guide that will help churches and families who have a loved one who is suicidal or has made a suicide attempt.  It provides information on understanding suicide, warning signs and action steps to take, and ways to […]

SEPA VOAD Homelessness Prevention guidance resource

Given that unemployment has jumped several percentage points since March, families are having difficulty meeting expenses for rent, mortgages and essential necessities (food, medicine, clothing). Many expect an eviction and housing crisis in the coming weeks. Click here for a resource guide for reference and referral to key resources related to homelessness prevention and homelessness. This […]

Coronavirus Resources

A message from Conference Minister Rev. Bill Worley, as printed in the March 10, 2020 eNews email: Dear Friends, In response to the Coronavirus, I have received numerous guidance-offering emails. I suspect you have too. Some of that information is included with this e-blast. There is no shortage of direction from the Center for Disease […]

Drop-off Locations for Church World Service buckets, kits

Buckets and kits organized for distribution through Church World Service, can be dropped off at the following locations in Eastern Pennsylvania. For more information on the kits, visit: https://cwskits.org/assemble-kits/. For more information on the kits and grants supporting the kits, click here. Berks County Trinity United Church of Christ, 2449 Cumberland Ave, Reading (Mt. Penn). […]

Resources for Faith-Based Preparedness

These documents are recommended by Rev. Karl Jones, PSEC Disaster Response Coordinator, for churches and leaders considering how to prepare their faith community for a possible disaster. If you have questions about Disaster Response resources available to your church, contact Rev. Jones at kjones275@comcast.net. Active Shooter in a House of Worship: This “Be a Ready Congregation” […]

Preparedness Resources

Hurricane resources for faith-based organizations The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released “2021 Hurricane Preparedness Resources for Faith-Based and Community-Based Organizations.” With June bringing the start to the Atlantic hurricane season, take some time to read this resource, make sure you and your community are prepared, and consider how the pandemic may change your […]

Comfort Center Guidelines

Comfort Centers are short-term, usually only day-use locations, where community members can go in the event of an emergency.  These Centers can serve as places to get information, as charging stations, as places to stay out of extreme heat or cold in the event of power outages, and places to get water and refreshment. Your […]