"There is a need to identify persons who have had Stephen Ministries’ training who can come and be with displaced residents. Rev. Jeff Newton of Trinity UMC in Kokomo is referring to this group of volunteers as “Connectors” because they will connect with the residents by listening to them and then connect them by making the residents aware of resources that Rev. Newton and his team have identified. Rev. Newton’s goal is to have 2–3 volunteers serving as “Connectors” per day, Monday through Friday as relief efforts are underway."
Read the original letter from North Central District Superintendent, Michelle Cobb, HERE.
Details for Connectors:
Check in at Trinity United Methodist, parking is available in the lot behind the church. This is where Kokomo Urban Outreach is working out of now. There buildings were badly damaged.
1701 S. Locke St., Kokomo, IN 46902.
Available in the KUO Retreat Center.
Bring bedding for twin bed, toiletries, towels, etc. (think like you are going to church camp, Jeff said)
You will eat with the neighbors at the church where they are having meals. Particularly lunch and dinner. Your goal is to BE with them and CONNECT during this time; offering support and expressing care and concern. You may also be asked to identify needs that the survivors have not shared before so that they can be directed to resources. (Pastor Jeff will provide training on this!)
Arrival: 8:30 EDT
Meeting with Pastor Jeff: 9 – 10 AM
10:30 AM to 7 PM be available to Connect with area residents.
You may be asked to go door to door to inquire if neighbors have unmet needs so they might be connected with resources; this can be done in pairs if you want. You might also be asked to write thank you notes or assist with other tasks at KUO if you have downtime. Those tasks are optional. Your purpose is to be there to CONNECT with the people.
Contact: Kim Arnott, firstname.lastname@example.org or (317) 797-8612.