CHURCHES HELPING NEIGHBOURS - NEIGHBOURS HELPING NEIGHBOURS
After a large-scale disaster, local governments do not have the capacity to manage the over-whelming needs of an entire community. With dependence on municipal services, residents are exposed to long-term recovery efforts.
Networks of prepared individuals and local agencies that collaborate effectively reduce dependence on municipal services and mitigate the damage caused by large scale events.
My name is Marg Pollon, founding director for Bridges of Love Ministry, a registered charity that recognized the need for a coordinated grass roots approach when over-whelming disasters make it difficult to maintain a sustained level of care.
When first responders are over-extended, Bridges of Love’s coordination centre, a network of local churches, provides an alternate place to call.
After a disaster, people want to help. Bridges of Love’s Community Emergency Response Team training, or CERT, assures a SAFE “Neighbours helping Neighbours” response.
CERT is a grass roots strategy that is both practical and realistic strengthening community safety and preparedness through increased civic participation.
Bridges of Love promotes community resilience, connecting people, churches, and networks through coordination, resources and training.
A BRIDGE to Community