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Sympathetic Ears Needed
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 • Posted April 6, 2010

If you could help a disaster victim cope with his troubles just by letting him tell you his story, would you do it?

If you would, we’ve got an opportunity for you.

The State of Texas says people willing to be “sympathetic ears”are critically scarce right now, so the Blanco County Disaster Response Group is bringing the four-hour NOVA training course to the Hill Country, and is offering it to you, free. All you have to do is show up and listen.

The class will teach you how to help relieve the stress of a person going through a catastrophe...to boost the survivor’s spiritual and emotional state...and to intervene when his or her psychological condition becomes too fragile.

One class can’t make you a trained professional psychologist, but it can teach you how to listen sympathetically, while guiding the storyteller to solid ground, and just as important, whom to call for if the person needs more help than you can give.

Mostly it’s listening and caring about the person you’re listening to.

NOVA graduates will go on a list to be called when the big regional shelters open in San Antonio. When that happens, the volunteer can agree to come help, or work out a day and time they can come, or just say they can’t make it this time. No obligation...you go if you can.

First, though, you need to take the class. It will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Johnson City Sunday afternoon, April 11, from 1 to 5. The class is free, but please pre-register by calling JoAnn at 868-7414 to make sure there are enough course materials for everyone.

To change a life just by listening...that’s a real power to have. We’ll show you how, free.

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