November 21 and 22, four case managers and one case manager supervisor received their official UMCOR disaster case management training at Grace United Methodist Church in Corpus Christi. (Thank you Grace UMC!)
Nikki Leaverton, Rio Texas Disaster Recovery Director and an UMCOR consultant, led the two day training with new staff that will be based in offices in Aransas Pass United Methodist Church serving the Coastal Bend area. The team will work in partnership with the Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group. The intention is to have an office with six staff, with one case manager still to be hired.
The team represents a wealth of local knowledge and passion for serving their neighbors in need. Discussion included healthy boundaries, examples of cases, how to interact with clients, and safety policy.
Vicki McCuistion, the Disaster Recovery Asset Manager, shared experiences from the Wimberley flood recovery efforts from her previous work with the Barnabas Connection during the 2015 two nationally declared disasters. Nikki shared of her work in West, Texas responding to the fertilizer plant explosion.
Gary Herring, the Construction Supervisor was also in attendance.