DARMO Relief Services Expansion
Team Member: Arnita Anderson
Lisa Buffaloe wrote -
Hello, my name is Lisa Buffaloe — I'm the Special Projects Coordinator and Chaplain for Women's Ministry & Supports for NLAC-DARMO and I've set up this crowd fundraiser to help our Outreach Task Force achieve a very important goal in responding to a serious concern in Maryland and in preparation for new service and ministry opportunities in the DMV. My husband, Chaplain Tim J. Buffaloe, is a Field Chaplain that responds to community concerns alongside a dedicated group of volunteers and service organizations that comprise what is known as the DARMO Task Force (DTF). DTF is comprised of a Chaplaincy Corp responsible for providing direct ministerial and public safety responses in the field and a group of grassroots Non Profit organizations, who have come together to pool resources, creating one of the most comprehensive faith oriented support networks available.
Currently DTF is working to address a serious concern in a local county involving victims of domestic violence. The Task Force has discovered that there are women and children that are underserved and in desperate need of relief and protection. It is hard to conceptualize communities in the year 2015 without adequate and effective resources to combat the growing concern of intimate partner violence. More importantly, it is disappointing to discover that the Christian Community does not play a proactive role in introducing new supports and responses. However, this is changing with public awareness and the realization that we can make a difference for future generations.
The DARMO Chaplaincy Corp is expanding its ministerial operations to support community missions and outreach overall and Domestic Violence is a priority in targeting "at risk" populations for ministry and care. In addition, during the recent disturbance in Baltimore, we are proud to say our Crisis Field Chaplain deployed to provide responsive ministry and support. The experience was profound as he rendered simple ministerial care and encouragement to some of the officers he encountered and even directly intervened to confront local youth in the act of looting. Later an opportunity was introduced to continue the work by providing aftercare and support services in addressing some of the key social issues that plaque the city's communities. DTF has actively engaged supporting community outreach endeavors in the District of Columbia for 5 years now. In addition, we also have an opportunity to provide supports for domestic violence victims and returning citizens in Northern VA.
Because of the unique role of ministry and public safety response there aren't available sources of funding through grants and foundations to support operational and administrative needs. The state of our economy makes it harder to independently support our projects and services. We need to create sources of funding that are not hampered by politics or bureaucracy, enabling immediate responses that are faith oriented and effective. The creation of new resources enables us to effectively support our mission and respond to the needs in our communities.
It is our goal to activate two new mobile units and response teams to work with local ministries in reaching out to the underserved. Not to mention, the expanded ability to enhance our traditional ministerial roles in supporting law enforcement in these service areas. New Broken Vessels Ministry, Courtney's House, and BASICS are a few of our Task Force members that will be working with use to address the needs of women and children in crisis. They are also a part of the support response teams we are setting up. The primary mission of these units is to support the facilities that will serve as sanctuary for victims of intimate partner violence along with their children. Your support enables us to expand our mission by recruiting new field staff and acquiring the necessary equipment to fulfill these new roles of service and outreach! There is an army rising up to break every chain; we are the DARMO TASK FORCE — where public safety is not just a matter for the State; it’s a matter of righteousness.