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Santa Barbara Nonprofit Becomes Member of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.

Santa Barbara, CA, June 04, 2016 --( Institute for Congregational Trauma and Growth (ICTG) has been named an official member of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD).

Founded in 1970, NVOAD is an association of 100+ organizations aimed at mitigating and alleviating the impact of disasters nationwide. The NVOAD is the primary point of contact for the National Response Coordination Center (at FEMA headquarters) and a part of the U.S. Government's National Response Plan.

"Our new NVOAD membership will allow us to more effectively 'coordinate, communicate, cooperate, and collaborate' (NVOAD's 4 C's) with fellow member organizations dedicated to providing resources in support of emotional, spiritual, psychological care needs of communities impacted by disasters," said ICTG Executive Director Rev. Dr. Katherine Wiebe.

For recently appointed ICTG Senior Advisor for Congregations, FEMA, and VOAD Relations, Harvey Howell, greater network access to other disaster relief organizations and leaders is especially helpful. With ICTG's new member status, Harvey will be better positioned to connect faith leaders with FEMA and VOAD to establish long-term community care.

"As always, ICTG will continue to connect faith leaders with the information and tooles they need to effectively care for communities after trauma," said Rev. Dr. Wiebe. "With a NVOAD membership, we can accomplish this mission in stronger partnership with NGO and faith-based organization leaders who share this passion for community-wide health."

About ICTG

Through the generosity of individuals, families, and granting organizations, the Institute for Congregational Trauma and Growth (ICTG),a 501(c)(3) organization, provides research, education, and networking tools for ministers to address long term congregational care needs and build trauma-informed congregational ministry.

About National VOAD

National VOAD, an association of organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters, provides a forum promoting cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration; and fosters more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster.

For questions contact Isabel Sterne, Communications Coordinator, at or visit the ICTG website at

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Institute for Congregational Trauma and Growth (ICTG)

Isabel Sterne

(805) 979 4636

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