Pastors go extra mile
BELMONT College chaplain Adrian Herbert worked tirelessly at the Australind Evacuation Centre, offering support to those affected by the bushfires in the state’s SouthWest.
YouthCARE deployed Pastoral Critical Incident Response (PCIR) teams to Yarloop after a lighting strike sparked the devastating fire in the region on January 7.
Mr Herbert was part of a team of experienced chaplains who worked on a rotation schedule at the Australind evacuation centre from January 8 to 12.
The team helped hundreds of residents housed at the centre.
“I was there to offer pastoral care and be a listening ear to those who had just been affected by the fires,” Mr Herbert said.
“Just making sure they had their immediate needs met and helping them out, guiding them through the process.”
Mr Hebert and his wife Darlene drove to Australind and began their PCIR support role on January 10 and returned home on January 13 after helping hundreds of people.
YouthCARE CEO Stanley Jeyaraj said more than 60 YouthCARE chaplains were trained to provide pastoral care and support to people under severe stress.
“Our PCIR-trained chaplains offer gentle support and encouragement, listening to the stories of young people and families affected,” Mr Jeyaraj said.
Chaplain Adrian Herbert offering his support at the Australind Evacuation Centre.