Red Cross creates virtual Family Assistance Center
May 12, 2020 12:15 am
MidHudsonNews [dot] com is reporting the American Red Cross is now operating a virtual Family Assistance Center to provide comfort and support, information, and referrals for New York families that have lost loved ones to the COVID-19. The virtual Family Assistance Center will link families to crisis counselors for emotional support, as well as information and referrals to help them navigate matters that commonly arise following a loved one's death. Tara Hughes, Northeast Division disaster mental health advisor, who will be leading the virtual COVID-19 Family Assistance Center program, said, “We’re proud to use mass casualty experience of the Red Cross to join our community together and provide comfort and support to these families across New York State during these difficult times.” A team of 30 specially trained Red Cross Disaster Mental Health, Disaster Spiritual Care, and Health Services volunteers will be available. All Family Assistance Center support will be provided virtually and is completely confidential. Families who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 can fill out an online intake form at RedCross [dot] org, and a center volunteer will contact them. Read the full story at MidHudsonNews [dot] com.