Emergency Management as Ministry

Senior Warden Richard Ohlsen, St. Andrew's Church, Yaphank

Disaster planning experience prepared the congregation for this moment to stand up and help their community.

With a career at FEMA, Episcopal Relief and Development and now, Brookhaven National Labs, Rich Ohlsen is well trained to respond to an emergency. So, with his direction, the outreach team of St. Andrew’s sprang into action when faced with the coronavirus crisis.

Rich’s experience helped them maintain and even expand their outreach work to those who are considered home insecure—people who make their home rotating among the Suffolk County campgrounds. Their ministry provides food and basic items through “Blessing Box” pantries they installed in the parks.

Listen as he talks about the “Blessing Boxes” and how they have helped put greater attention on the housing crisis and working poor.

To learn more about this ministry, visit www.facebook.com/neighborsbeinghuman.