This year, as in years past the North Central Washington Chaplain Foundation will be delivering trays of Christmas Cookies to local law enforcement officers, EMS, fire fighters and 911 dispatchers offices and substation throughout North Central Washington. It is one of the ways we want to show our appreciation to those who serve and protect all of us throughout the year.
Blue H.E.L.P. is an organization that offers resources and tools to help law enforcement officers navigate their careers and come out whole. This includes post traumatic stress and other mental health issues. They also seek to honor those law enforcement officers who have died due to suicide. For more information on Blue H.E.L.P. click on the icon below or follow them on Facebook.
The North Central Washington Chaplain Foundation would like to thank all those individuals and organizations who financially support us in our mission to serve first-responders, as well as crime and critical incident victims. Recently we received a donation from the Guns and Hoses Foundation located in North Central Washington.
Chaplain Steve Whitney has served as a Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Chaplain for over 15 years. As a Law Enforcement Chaplain, Steve Whitney has responded to numerous emergency calls and critical incidents in North Central Washington. At these scenes Chaplain Whitney is there to assist the victims and their families, as wells as first responders with emotional and spiritual support. Chaplain Whitney was previously a United States Army Chaplain and is the pastor at Calvary Bible Church, in Wenatchee. Chaplain Whitney regularly goes on ride-alongs with deputies. Chaplain Whitney likes to go on patrol with officers so that he can see what they experience and understand what they go through. Chaplain Whitney recently noted, “I am amazed they (police officers) are so self-controlled in the many kinds of situations they face.”
Chaplain Whitney was one of the original members of the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office Chaplaincy Unit. Pictured from left to right, Chaplain Jay Caron (current chaplain), Chaplain Tom Heins, Chaplain Steve Hicks, and Chaplain Steve Whitney.
Chaplains Mary Gandee and Jay Caron recently attended a Critical Incident Stress Management(CISM)Training in Wenatchee. Also attending this training were other local first responders, including fire, EMS and police personnel. CISM training helps first responders and organizations develop peer support teams and provides participants with comprehensive foundations in individual and group critical incident stress management principles and interventions.