The Turlock Chaplaincy is a private non-profit organization which provides chaplain care through local first responders and in the Turlock Unified School District. The public safety chaplains are on 24-7 on-call basis for Turlock Police, Fire and CSUS Police departments.
All chaplains are ordained clergy with specialized training in working with law enforcement. Our training includes 12 core areas of specialty provided by the International Conference of Police Chaplains and extensive stress management training from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.
This training, coupled with the chaplains’ abilities to function freely in secular and sacred situations, bring a unique skill set to support our local law enforcement & fire departments as well as the entire community.
The program is managed by a part-time executive director. Although we work very closely with local public agencies, our chaplains are not employees of any of those agencies and we receive no public funding. Our revenue is totally dependent on private donations and we are governed by our own board of directors.
Chaplains may respond to fatal car accidents, armed robberies, in-home deaths, and many other types of critical and/or traumatic incidents. Chaplains provide mental health first aid through critical incident stress management training, and support affected persons both spiritually and emotionally until they can be cared for by their own support systems.
The Chaplaincy maintains a Character Coach volunteer program in the Turlock Unified School District. Over 50 volunteers spend time in each of the local elementary and junior high schools. On an ongoing basis, the coaches build report with the students. They are also trained to respond to crises and help stabilize distressed students. This program is overseen by a part-time program coordinator.
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