Chaplain Frank Ruffatto, Chaplain Steven Lee, Pat & Cherry Quinn with comfort dog Shiloh deployed to Dallas, Texas in response to the shooting of Dallas Police Department and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) officers.
Executive Director Frank Ruffatto and Communications Director Kelli Ruffatto visited Clendenin, WV to do a brief assessment to see how partner parish Redeemer Lutheran Church in Charleston might be of most help. They witnessed extensive damage and ministered to a few affected residents.
The mood was somber in the high school auditorium in Orlando where the large group of involved officers gathered for critical incident stress debriefing orientation. The commander in charge of the debriefing introduced the session by describing the horrific terrorist attack on The Pulse nightclub as “the mother of critical incidents.”
They do things big in Texas, like floods. Houston is the only place I know that has flood gauges—reading 15 feet or more—in many city underpasses. I heard harrowing survival stories as I drove flood victims to and from their devastated homes to The Word Church to pick up life-sustaining food, water and clothes.
I recently responded to deadly Houston flooding, and was joined by new QRT Partner Vicar Curtiss Lanham of Crosspoint Lutheran Church in Houston. Together we assisted the low-income neighborhood residents of Houston’s Greenspoint area with transportation and relief supplies (in cooperation with Houston’s The Word Church) as they recover from this deadly flood.