Volunteer as a Disaster Relief Shepherd

When a person loses everything in a disaster, they shouldn't lose hope too.

When a person or family loses everything in a disaster, they often feel an overwhelming sense of despair. At ADRN, our primary goal is to restore hope by revealing the love of God to families impacted by disaster.

We do this by offering emotional, spiritual, and physical support with the help of Disaster Relief Shepherd (DRS) teams.

Disaster Relief ShepherdInterested in becoming a Shepherd?

Praise God! We respond to disasters year-round, so our need for Shepherds is always growing.  

Click here for a one-page overview of Shepherding to print and share with others.

If you would like to Shepherd a family impacted by disaster, please complete the Shepherd Sign-Up Form below.

In response to the need for many shepherds in the Winter Storm recovery, we have created a Fast Track Disaster Relief Shepherd (DRS) Training, which includes both our Orientation (for those not yet an ADRN Volunteer) and the DRS Training (3 hours total, available online, on demand). If you are not an ADRN Volunteer yet, you will need to create a Volunteer Profile first after clicking on the Register for DRS Training button below.

If you are already an ADRN Volunteer, you will only need to complete the regular DRS Training (2 hours, available online, on demand).

DRS teams consist of trained volunteers like you who work in partnership with the Church and dedicated ADRN staff members to shepherd families through the recovery process, walking with them every step of the way until they’re back on their feet and in safe and clean homes.

A Divine Calling for the Missionary Heart

Shepherds play one of the most important and rewarding roles in a family’s recovery. As they develop relationships with the families they serve, they have opportunities to share the Gospel and Christ’s love for them. In this capacity, Shepherds essentially serve as missionaries, spreading the word of God to families throughout Greater Austin.

What does it mean to walk alongside a family as a Shepherd?

Meeting Emotional Needs:

  • Spend time with those impacted, by listening and being present during times of need
  • Discuss survivors’ concerns and challenges, and help them identify solutions
  • Provide encouragement, compassion, love, prayer, and support

Meeting Spiritual Needs:

  • Pray with survivors, inviting God into the recovery process
  • Demonstrate Christ-like love through which the Gospel can be shared
  • Share the hope found in knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior

Meeting Physical Needs:

  • Collaborate with survivors, ADRN shepherds and the Church to identify and meet family’s needs (i.e. food, clothing, medicine, housing, furniture, transportation, etc.)
  • Help survivors access resources available through ADRN, the Church and other agencies
  • Track each family’s progress, and celebrate God’s goodness throughout the duration of the recovery process (generally about 3 months)
  • Provide additional support as needed (i.e. filling out forms, drive survivors to appointments, moving, etc.)

NOTE: Shepherds are NOT expected to contribute financially to a family’s recovery or be responsible for doing what a family can do for itself.

Questions? Email us at shepherdsupport@adrntx.org