On June 6, 2016 there was an apartment fire in Manchester, NH. 4 people from one family perished. 2 of those who died were in elementary school. They were also actively involved in a local youth ministry which meets one block from where the fire happened. They opened up their building space on the day of the fire for Red Cross, NH’s State Mental Health Emergency Response Team and the media. In the afternoon they invited the neighborhood children to come for prayer, for a meal, for a hug. Soulsafe was asked to come help with debriefings for staff, students and several teachers who knew the children who had passed away. On June 9th, the youth ministry held a 5 year anniversary celebration for the organization and included a celebration of life for the 2 kids who died. The staff and volunteers of this organization were as deeply affected by the deaths as were the kids they minister to. Soulsafe was called in once again to be on call for anyone needing traumatic intercession and aftercare.
In August of 2016 there was a fluke weather pattern that dumped incredible amounts of rain in Baton Rouge, LA. The resulting floods left thousands of people homeless and many thousands of homes with extensive devastating damage. The Baton Rouge Vineyard Church stepped up to become a shelter in the first days of the flooding and after the waters receded became a base for Mercy Response to set up relief work to help homeowners with demolition. Baton Rouge Vineyard invited Soulsafe to come and do debriefings with victims of the flood and check in on the spiritual health of their staff. Soulsafe also provided 4 Soulsafe Basic training workshops to folks at the church and to a local counseling center in Baton Rouge.