Jersey City trains local chaplains to help residents

first_imgHELPING THOSE WHO HELP — Jersey City police will train chaplains to help people. JERSEY CITY — Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced this week the start of a new program to use local clergy members to assist residents who experience violence and other difficult situations. The program is supported by a $10,000 grant from the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.“Other cities nationally and in New Jersey are successfully using chaplains to provide a timely and compassionate response,” said Mayor Fulop. “We care when our residents are hurting, and the chaplains provide support to help people at a time of crisis or loss. These are people in the community who they know and trust, and who could provide assistance at a time when they need it most.”The chaplains will be called by the Jersey City Police Department when there is a death or other critical incident. In addition to providing comfort and support, the chaplains will serve as a liaison to social services and other resources that an individual or family may need during a time of loss or violence.The Chaplain program is a joint initiative of the Mayor’s Office, the Department of Public Safety, and the Department of Health & Human Services. Chaplains are recruited from a variety of faith traditions, and do not function religiously unless a resident asks for that kind of support. The Jersey City Chaplain program uses ministers who are rooted in Jersey City, and are trained for this kind of community care.“Using Chaplains allows police officers to more quickly return to law enforcement duties, while still meeting real resident needs,” said Public Safety Director James Shea. “This program evolved from meeting with families who have experienced violence and looking for solutions together.”“We know that in times of crisis, everybody can use extra support,” said Health & Human Services Director Stacey Flanagan. “This helps people make good use of their own resources, recover more quickly, and has positive immediate and long-term health effects.”The program will be introduced to the public at a series of public meetings in every police district and ward. Wednesday Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at North District Captain’s Meeting, MS 7, 222 Laidlaw Ave.; Thursday Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. at Cityline Church, 1510 Kennedy Blvd. @ Pamrapo Ave.; Monday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church Annex, 721 West Side Ave @ Jewett Ave.; Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, 472-76 Bergen Ave.; Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. at East District Captain’s Meeting, PS 4, Bright & Varick Sts., in the library; Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at Claremont Lafayette Presbyterian Church, Claremont & Rose avenues; Wednesday Oct. 11 at &:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 440 Hoboken Ave (5 Corners); Wednesday Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 219 3rd St.; and Thursday Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at Hope Center, 110 Cambridge Ave.The Jersey City Police Department will also present other community policing initiatives. Light refreshments will be served.Similar presentations will be made at South and West District Captain’s meetings, dates to be determined. ×HELPING THOSE WHO HELP — Jersey City police will train chaplains to help people.last_img read more