Given the proximity of Baylake UMC to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, we are committed to caring for the military personnel and their families living within our community. Several of our Stephan Ministers have been trained to provide care and minister to military personnel and their families through H.E.R.O.E.S. Care. Care is a collaborative effort among well-established non-governmental organizations (NGOs) designed to provide complete and proactive support for members of all branches of the military and their families through pre-deployment, deployment, family reintegration and post-deployment.
H.E.R.O.E.S. care was created to help address the disturbing developments that have recently occurred, two stand out as areas of grave concern: the alarming increase in the number of suicides among members of the military, and the effects of PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, on a growing number of military families. Many of these families suffer due to the lack of a responsive support structure that can recognize and intervene to assist in crisis situations. Experts agree that a comprehensive, local system of support is needed. Not only was the H.E.R.O.E.S. Care model designed to meet this need, but to detect and provide mechanisms for action before problems escalate to a crisis level.
Our Associate Pastor, Deborah Clark, oversees this ministry and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org