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WHAT IS IT
Covered Chaplaincy was founded in August 2021. Chaplain Mike had been serving as a volunteer chaplain for several years when he received a calling from God to expand the ministry and go full-time. Since then, he has partnered with a Christ-centered board of directors to help him guide the ministry forward. It is sustained completely on donations and gifts, and has been recognized as a legal charity by the IRS.
The mission of Covered is to provide emotional and spiritual support to law enforcement officers and to act as a bridge between the police departments and the greater community.
WHAT WE DO
Police and first responder chaplaincy is focused on meeting the spiritual, emotional and mental heath concerns of first responders. Whether in every day encounters or in serious crises, first responders routinely feel the traumatic impact of the violence that encompasses their work. Chaplains help ease this burden by giving them an informal outlet to vent.
On any given day, the Chaplain works closely with officers and staff provide physical, emotional, and spiritual support to law enforcement officers by:
providing counsel for issues dealing with stress, critical incidents, burnout, family issues, etc.;
encouraging sick, injured, and/or bereaved personnel and their families through visitation, meals, greeting cards, emails, phone calls, etc.;
participating in ride-along programs and other opportunities for interaction and relationship building;
assisting with death notifications, at crime scenes, tragedies, disasters and other incidents where a Chaplain's presence is indicated and beneficial;
providing raining to personnel in stress management and family life.
He works with the greater community by:
ministering to crime victims and responding to religious and spiritual questions;
acting as a liaison with other clergy, religious organizations, community and civic organizations;
representing the agency at community events, particularly those honoring Law Enforcement and public servants;
making appropriate referrals for professional and community services to agency personnel and members of the public.
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