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3 The Problem in the U.S. 11,605,751 major offenses (violent crimes of murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault; and property crimes of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson) in the United States in the year 2000. One murder every 33.9 minutes. One robbery every 1.3 minutes. One violent crime every 22.1 seconds. One forcible rape every 5.8 minutes. One aggravated assault every 34.6 seconds. Facts provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation.

4 3.4 murders per day. 3.5 robberies per hour. 13 violent crimes per hour. One aggravated assault every 7.1 seconds. Facts provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Problem in Texas 1,033,311 major crimes during the year. That is up 2.5% from the previous year. This calculates to 1.97 major crimes per minute.

5 The Dallas Police Department receives a 911 call every 30 seconds. The Problem in the Metroplex In 2000 the Dallas Police Department, the 8th largest police department in the nation, responded to 208,166 major disturbances. In 2000 the Dallas Police Department documented approximately 25,182 violent crimes that yielded victims in distress. These violent crimes consisted of: 633 Rapes 1,928 Shootings 2,033 Stabbings 229 Homicides 3,152 Suicide Calls 8,132 Aggravated Assaults 7,046 Robberies 2,029 Domestic Violence Facts provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation.

6 The Mission Provide a system of faith-based assistance from highly trained local church volunteers of all denominations, reaching out to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of victims of crime.

7 Felt compassion Responded to victim Provided first aid Provided transportation Obtained shelter Cared for victim Spent time with victim Paid for lodging Promised to return Promised to pay whatever more was needed The Model The Biblical parable of The Good Samaritan dramatizes the Mission of Victim Relief Ministries. The Good Samaritan did the following:

8 The Goal Mobilize the faith community to partner with victim service organizations and law enforcement to assist in delivering appropriate physical, emotional and spiritual support to any victim of crime in the community.

9 The Services Assist victims in establishing security and safety. Provide repair and clean up to damaged residence. Provide emergency food, furniture and clothing. Provide emergency financial aid. Provide bilingual language assistance. Assist in contacting other victim service agencies. Maintain contact with the victim. Provide emergency transportation and vehicle repairs. Provide accompaniment to hospitals, courts and other agencies.

10 In May 2000, Texas Baptist Men sponsored the pilot program. In April 2001, major press conference in Dallas to introduce VRM to media. In 2002, Victim Chaplain Association of America founded. The History Incorporated in 1999. In 2002, VRM capital support promotion accelerated. To date 485 Victims have been served. Responded to victims of September 11, 2001, NYC terrorist attack.

11 Non-Profit Status - 501C3 Interdenominational and Inter-Faith The Organization Headquarters in Dallas, Texas

12 The Leadership Gene Grounds - Victim Relief Ministries Don Gibson - Henry Blackaby Ministries Glenn Majors - Baptist General Convention of Texas Phil Strickland - Christian Life Commission (Baptist) Joe Mosley - Dallas Baptist Association JoAnn and Duane Starkey - Victim Community (Parents of Murdered Children) Katherine Severance - Adventist Community Services Jamie Outlaw - The Salvation Army Larry James - Central Dallas Ministries Victim Relief Ministries Board of Directors

13 The VRM Partners Dallas Police Department Dallas County District Attorney Victims Outreach Parkland Hospital VIP (Violence Intervention Program) Parents of Murdered Children Texas Baptist Men Salvation Army Central Dallas Ministries (Church of Christ) Metroplex Adventist community Service Baptist General Convention of Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission Mission Service Corps Hospital Chaplains Police Chaplains Christian Counselors Faith Based Training Institute ICAN (Irving Christian Assistance Network) Dallas Life Foundation, First Baptist Church, Dallas Churches of All Denominations

14 Number of Chaplains trained. Number of law enforcement agencies engaged. The Success Police Chief Terrell Bolton, whose department refers crime victims to the program, said “When you talk about victims, many times they are forgotten in the process of trying to apprehend and prosecute those who commit the crimes.” Bill Hill, District Attorney for Dallas County, said, “The goal is to mobilize the faith community to work in partnership with law enforcement and other victim service organizations in the delivery of appropriate services.” To date 485 Victims have been served.

15 Beyond Texas Shortly, at the invitation of a subgroup of NetworkNYC, Victim Relief Ministries conducted training for crisis over 450 Crisis Responders in New York City. Many of the victims of the tragedy had no one to attend to them and minister to their needs. When The World Trade Center was struck by terrorists, Victim Relief Ministries responded to the call for on-site assistance at ground zero (which officially was classified as a crime scene). For two weeks Grounds and Michael Haynes ministered to the hurting in New York City...physical, psychological and spiritual.

16 The Success David Hartman, a 20 year law enforcement veteran with the NYPD and director of the Clergy Crisis Responder Program for the City of New York, said, “After September 11th, the faith-based community cemented their role in victim relief and their role within New York City. Although City government has made strides in the development of homeland security …since statistics show that millions of Americans go to their clergy first in a time of crisis, it’s about time we created a strategy that responded to that very need.” Beyond the Metroplex and Texas

17 The Q & A Question: What is the relationship between VRM and the local church? Answer: The local church is the resource for willing and committed volunteers - the defining resource of Victim Relief Ministries. The hope of the Ministry is at least one volunteer from every congregation. Victim Relief Ministries provides training for the volunteers. The principal focus of the Ministry is support during trauma and restoration of the victim to a safe and normal life. When the local church participates in that effort, then the church is available to provide spiritual ministry when the victim reaches that state of recovery. Some churches also provide other resources, such as financial and facility assistance.

18 The Scope: How VRM Works Victim Relief Chaplin S.A.V.E. TEAM Emotional (Resources) Spiritual (Resources) Physical (Resources) Volunteer Support Churches Clergy Partners Service Organizations Financial Support Corporations Churches Foundations Government Grants Referred by District Attorney’s Office Referred by Hospitals Referred by Police Victim Coordinators Referred by Other Service Agencies

19 The Need A. Expand Community Centers B. Victim Emergency Fund C. DPD Elderly Victim Program D. Staff (Administration, Center Staff, etc.) Victim Relief Ministries is in need of financial support from corporations, foundations and committed individual supporters. Specific levels of support are presently being calculated. The following are targeted areas of needs:

20 The Need Ten (10) Crisis Response Centers The addition of ten Crisis Response Centers will enable Victim Relief Ministries to respond effectively to the needs of all crime victims in the Dallas/fort Worth Metroplex, including Dallas, Tarrant, Collin and Denton counties. The cost of $150,000 each center will include: one paid staff member, office supplies, phone/ fax/computer installation and connections and center furnishings. Two-thirds of the funds will be reserved for victims’ financial aid. Specific Financial Need Examples Cost: $150,000 per center

21 The Need Administrative Support This will pay the salary of one full time Administrative Director and Grant writer. Currently, there is no such support. Specific Financial Need Examples Cost: $35,000 per year

22 The Need Outreach These funds will enable VRM to continue informing the public, keeping the lines of communication open with Its partners and building a sponsorship program to secure funds for the future. Communication is critical for a new program, offering new services to the public. Specific Financial Need Examples Cost: $75,000 per year

23 The Benefits of Support The financial and volunteer aid rendered to those whose lives were torn apart by the terrorists attacks last September has denied victory to the terrorists and built a unified country standing free and strong. Working closely with government, civic, religious and business leaders, Victims Relief Ministries provides opportunities to render immediate aid to those most in need. Such leadership is being recognized in many ways: by the victims themselves, by church and civic organizations, by the media and government at the local, state and national levels.



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