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Summary: Scientology Volunteer Ministers Provide Disaster Relief to Earthquake and Tsunami Victims in Japan

For the past two months, hundreds of Scientology Volunteer Ministers have served in Japan in the wake of the magnitude 9 earthquake and 30-foot tsunami. Several hundred more are now en route to continue their work in Tokyo, Onagawa, Kesennuma and Ishinomaki.

Within 24 hours of the disaster, Volunteer Ministers assessment teams arrived in the areas most affected by the disaster and met with local officials to find out what was needed and wanted. With more than 400,000 persons displaced, a disaster response base was established in Tokyo to coordinate the delivery of Volunteer Ministers aid.

On an immediate basis, Volunteer Ministers international headquarters in Los Angeles flew a 15-man team of search and rescue specialists called Los Topos to Japan. Los Topos and the Volunteer Ministers have worked together at Ground Zero New York, after hurricanes Katrina and Rita in New Orleans, and following earthquakes in Haiti and New Zealand. On arriving, Los Topos met with the Japanese Army and launched a search and rescue mission to find survivors.

For nearly two months, more than 140 Volunteer Ministers from around the world have been helping in shelters in Kesennuma, Sendai, Watari, Onagawa, Ishinomaki and Idda; working in distribution centers to organize the delivery of food, water and supplies; administering shelters and assisting on the cleanup of towns and villages that were destroyed.

The volunteers have helped more than 140,000 people. They are providing Scientology assists. Often described as “spiritual first aid,” assists help the individual overcome the effects of loss, shock and trauma and speed recovery by addressing the spiritual and emotional factors related to illness and injury.

In shelters where assists are provided it is not uncommon to hear comments such as “I cannot believe I have received such a helpful service in a time like this,” and “it eased the shock of the earthquake.”

One man whose inn was swept away in the tsunami began his assist in sorrow and walked away humming, telling a Volunteer Minister he planned to rebuild as soon as possible.

To date, Volunteer Ministers have delivered more than 12,000 assists and trained some 1,400 people in assist delivery in Japan, prompting a Hashikami City Councilor to tell the Volunteer Minister that theirs is an important service the Japanese people can find nowhere else.

The official in charge of the Onagawa Town disaster effort expressed his appreciation for the help of the Scientology Disaster Response Team in a letter stating: “I have heard many disaster victims say they feel good, relaxed, relieved from body pain and healed from the trauma of this disaster after this group delivers the technology called ‘assists’ developed by L. Ron Hubbard.”

The volunteers maintain communication and coordinate their work with the heads of local volunteer organizations, disaster relief groups and government officials to ensure they are providing the services most needed and wanted.

After learning from assessments that the elderly in outlying areas were unable to get to shelters or procure food, the Volunteer Ministers arranged for the donation, transport and delivery of 32 bicycles to Hashikami, which are now used by youth in the area to deliver these supplies and food.

Finding out from Kesennuma Fishermen Association that business was crippled for lack of a forklift, the Volunteer Ministers arranged for the donation and delivery of one.

On a day-to-day basis, Volunteer Ministers transport evacuees to public baths. They organize music concerts and bring hairdressers to the shelters to keep living standards and morale high.

The Volunteer Ministers in Japan work in coordination with groups such as the Red Cross, the Lutheran Church, Chuetsu Disaster Prevention Safety Drive, Kaizou-ji Temple, Yoake-juku NGO and Rescue Stockyard, and in the private sector with Toyota, Monavie Japan and the Kesennuma Junior Chamber of Commerce, which are also providing or funding relief.

Volunteer Ministers disaster response will continue in Japan as long as the need continues.

The Scientology Volunteer Minister program was initiated by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard in 1976. There are now hundreds of thousands of people trained in the skills of a Volunteer Minister across 185 nations.


Volunteer Ministers Reporting from Japan

Scientology Volunteer Minister groups in the disaster zone, Japan


(News from the Scientology Volunteer Ministers blog)


We just welcomed have six new Volunteer Ministers to the Japan team!  Four are headed to the disaster zone and two will work from the Tokyo headquarters.

We are also pleased to report that a new Volunteer Minister Logistics Base has now officially been established in Tokyo and provides working space for 30 Volunteer Ministers to handle logistics for the disaster areas. Volunteer Ministers arriving in Tokyo can settle and brief at the Base before deploying to the North of Japan.

Last week two Volunteer Ministers vans left Tokyo to deliver sleeping bags and mats to shelters in Onagawa and remain in Northern Japan for services. Both are now in high demand daily to deliver food and water to remote shelters around the city of Sendai.


Life seems to be starting up again here the last few days.  When we came about 10 days ago, many people spent most of the day in bed. The feeling was one of grief.

On Friday we cleaned out the shelter building and regorganized spaces for each family! Everyone participated and we created the most amazing village out of cardboard in the shelter hall.

Today we got the elementary schools going again and also here life is finally beginning again.


Yesterday, 2 April 2011, our Volunteer Ministers in the Myiagi Prefecture split into two groups. One went to a shelter that had been set up in the Osaka Elementary and Junior High and the other went to Yoshida Elementary and Watari Elementary schools. In the past 48 hours we helped 2,026 people in these shelters, gave 617 assists*and trained 64 people in Volunteer Minister technology.

One man who was very upset received an assist. In recounting what happened to him when the tsunami hit, he suddenly began to chuckle.  He realized, he said, “I can’t really do anything but laugh about it!”

One elderly woman received an assist in Shishiori Junior High School and told the Volunteer Minister with a huge smile on her face that she felt like she could “float down the stairs.”

A Volunteer Minister came across a boy in the shelter who looked bored, so she taught him how to deliver assists.  The next thing she knew, he had helped four people with assists.

Also our translator Peter learned how to deliver assists and he was completely blown away that he could use this to help people.  He’d never done anything like it before.


Three young Volunteer Ministers went to Hashikami School in Kesennuma City and met with a teacher who welcomed them and invited them to delivere a lecture on Assists to 25 students. The students were interested throughout and at the lecture’s end, they grouped in seven Volunteer Minister teams and first delivered assists to each other and then to 175 refugees.

The students were amazed at what they were able to do with assist technology, especially when one woman who hadn’t been walking began doing so after an assist. The look on the student’s face was priceless. The brand new Volunteer Minister had only just learned about assists herself.

*Assist: L. Ron Hubbard developed numerous applications of his discoveries on the mental and spiritual aspects of a person’s physical difficulties, one of them being the technology of Assists. An Assist is an action undertaken to help a person confront his physical difficulties, overcome trauma, ease discomfort and speed recovery.  For more information go


Church of Scientology & Celebrity Centre of Nashville Mobilizes Scientology Volunteer Ministers to Cope with Floods

photo by Jett Loe

NASHVILLE—The Church of Scientology & Celebrity Centre Nashville mobilized Volunteer Ministers to staff shelters at Lipscomb University and McGavock High School over the weekend when the Cumberland River overflowed its banks and flooded downtown Nashville, causing thousands of residents and visitors to evacuate homes and hotels.

Flooding began in low areas and valleys on Saturday, May 1, and by Sunday the Cumberland River overflowed into downtown. Vehicles were swept away, homes were engulfed and authorities were rescuing stranded residents by boat.

Muddy water cascaded into The Grand Ole Opry House and Country Music Hall of Fame and forced the evacuation of 1,500 guests and 500 staff from the Opryland Hotel.

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers worked with the Red Cross and other community groups to aid evacuees in shelters at Lipscomb University and McGavock High School, including providing food services. They helped evacuated hotel guests find their luggage and make their way to the airport and home.

Scientologists also volunteered at a shelter set up at the Jewish Community Center for stranded residents of Belle Meade and Bellevue and helped evacuate tenants of an apartment complex that was about to be engulfed.

With waters now receded, the volunteers are helping residents with the daunting task of cleaning up flood damage.  “We started with our parishioners whose homes were badly damaged.  Now we are going through neighborhoods checking at each home to see if they need help,” said Julie Forney, Public Affairs Director for the Nashville Church of Scientology.

The Volunteer Ministers program is an integral part of the community outreach of the Church of Scientology & Celebrity Centre of Nashville, which opened its doors at 1130 8th Avenue South, in April 2009.  At the grand opening celebration, Mr. David Miscavige, ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, acknowledged the Nashville Scientology Volunteer Ministers for their dedication and effective aid to hundreds of families after the 2008 Lafayette tornado.

The Volunteer Ministers program was created by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard in 1976.  He wrote: “A Volunteer Minister does not shut his eyes to the pain, evil and injustice of existence. Rather, he is trained to handle these things and help others achieve relief from them and new personal strength as well.”

For more information on the Scientology Volunteer Ministers program, visit their web site at

Church of Scientology Holds National Volunteer Week Recognition Luncheon at Historic Fort Harrison Hotel

The Church of Scientology honored five Florida groups during National Volunteer Week.
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA—The Church of Scientology in Clearwater honored five Florida groups with National Volunteer Week awards at the historic Fort Harrison Friday, April 23.  Recognized at the event were Project Medishare, Feeding America Tampa Bay, United Way Tampa Bay, the United Relief Force Foundation and the Willa Carson Health Resource Center.

Accepting awards and $1000 pledge at a National Volunteer Week luncheon at the Fort Harrison, presented by Church of Scientology Public Affairs Director Pat Harney (center) are (left to right) Annie Tyrell, Executive Director of the Willa Carson Health Resource Center; Ernestine Carson Heastie, daughter of Willa Carson and board member of the organization; Harney; Muhammad Abdur Rahim, Carson Center board member; and Judy Fagerman, head of Scientology Volunteer Ministers of Tampa Bay. The pledge is for the Carson Center 5K and 10K walk/run fundraiser.

“We know the value of volunteers and our parishioners work actively to address drug abuse and crime, clean up the environment, tutor children and adults and do any of the myriad tasks it takes to improve the quality of life in our communities,” said Pat Harney, Public Affairs Director of the Church of Scientology in Clearwater.  “We join other Americans in honoring those who freely give their time and energy to help others.”

Willene Hayward (left), Volunteer Coordinator of Feeding America Tampa Bay, is acknowledged by Pat Harney, Church of Scientology Public Affairs Director, and Judy Fagerman, head of Scientology Volunteer Ministers of Tampa Bay.

Willene Hayward accepted the award on behalf of Feeding America Tampa Bay, formerly known as America’s Second Harvest.  Hayward is volunteer coordinator of the food bank that serves 35,000 Tampa Bay residents.

Also honored were Project Medishare of the University of Miami Hospital, which organized, built and staffed the largest field hospital in history on the airport grounds of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to care for the casualties of the January 12 earthquake; Hands On Tampa Bay, the volunteer network of United Way of Tampa Bay, which coordinates the work of 3,500 volunteers in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties; and the United Relief Force Foundation, formed by Orlando college students in 2007 and providing humanitarian aid, emergency response and disaster relief to countries experiencing natural and man-made disasters. Several of the Orlando group’s members joined forces with the Scientology Volunteer Ministers to help provide disaster relief in Haiti this year.

“This award event was inspired by the founder of the Scientology religion, L. Ron Hubbard, who said, ‘A being is only as valuable as he can serve others,’” said Harney.  The Church of Scientology makes facilities of the Fort Harrison Hotel available to non-profit charity organizations for their meetings and events.

For information or to schedule the Fort Harrison for events, contact Pat Harney at (727) 467-6860 or email her at

Scientology-Sponsored Relief Team from Italy Leaves for Haiti

Milan, Italy—A team of eight Italian disaster specialists sponsored by the International Association of Scientologists left for Haiti Monday, March 15.  Departing from Malpensa Airport in Milan, they took with them 2.7 tons of supplies, including more than 1,300 pounds of medical equipment and tents, 815 pounds of food, and 250 pounds of medicine.

The Italian team includes doctors, relief workers and two Scientology Volunteer Ministers trained in disaster response. It is led by veteran disaster specialist Mr. Dino De Pasquale, President of La Pubblica Assistenza Croce Giallo-Azzurra di Torino, a volunteer civil protection group founded in 1992.

The team arrived in Santa Domingo Monday night and are now clearing customs to enter Haiti with their truckloads of supplies.  Once in Haiti they will join the Scientology Disaster Response Team that has served in Port-au-Prince for the past two months.

The Consulate General of Haiti in Milan, Mr. Marco Umberto Pasini, marked their departure with the following message of thanks:

My dear friends,

In this time of great misfortune in my country, I am moved more than I can say by the volunteers who have come forward to help.  Doctors, nurses, emergency medical technicians, volunteers of all kinds have not hesitated to give of their time and skill, setting aside their own personal needs and those of their families.

The immediate emergency in Haiti is now over.  However, what remains are the daily emergencies the people of Haiti have to contend with, emergencies newspapers may not consider to be “newsworthy” but which are possibly even more serious than those reported on in the days following the earthquake.

This is where you come in, working in alignment with the traditions and mores of our peopleworking with the Haitian people. Fortunately, Haitians are accustomed to rolling up our sleeves and helping ourselveswe don’t give up or surrender to tears in the face of disaster.  And we know you are going there to work, not to be seen on the front pages of newspapers.

You work in the background, planting seeds that will grow and benefit the people in Haitiseeds of volunteerism. We value your help, your communication, your example to others, and your self-determined contribution no matter the difficulties you encounter.

With sincere wishes for your success,

Umberto Pasini

Consulate General of the Republic of Haiti in Milan, Italy

Georgia State Senator Honors Los Angeles-based Scientology Disaster Response Team for Haiti Service

Georgia State Senator Donzella James presented a resolution to the international director of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Corps in Los Angeles Saturday, acknowledging the group’s Haiti Disaster Response.

In Los Angeles Saturday, Georgia State Senator Donzella James presented Georgia State Resolution SR998 to the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Corps for “selfless service to the nation of Haiti,” at a meeting of Haiti volunteers at the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International in Hollywood.

Senator James acknowledged the Volunteer Ministers recently returned from disaster relief service in Haiti. “On January 12th the earth opened up and swallowed Port-au-Prince and other parts of Haiti. I have been to Haiti and I saw the poverty.  I thought nothing could be worse.  But you helped when it was even worse than I could ever imagine. You did what you could, unselfishly.”

Some 250 Volunteer Ministers have rotated through Haiti, with 100 currently on the ground, providing logistics support for medical teams in Port-au-Prince General Hospital and the University of Miami Hospital tent.

Scientology Volunteer Minister Ayal Lindeman, also a licensed practical nurse and emergency medical technician, was the backbone of the Haiti relief action.  A veteran of 10 disasters, including Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks and Hurricanes Charley, Katrina and Rita, his work organizing the care of the patients at Port-au-Prince General Hospital saved countless lives. Speaking to the assembled Volunteer Ministers, he reminded the Haiti veterans that the job has only started.

Registered Nurse Kimberly Williams, co-owner of Hill Street Community Wellness Center in Los Angeles, wanted to go to Haiti, so when she heard the Church of Scientology was transporting medical personnel, she signed on and left January 21 on a Church-sponsored charter.  In Haiti she worked in a clinic near the Presidential Palace, assisting in operations including amputations and other life-saving procedures, and provided urgently needed medical care to more than 400 patients each day.

The international director of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Corps, Ms. Maria Reyher, announced the next phase of Scientology Haiti Disaster Response—a new base in Port-au-Prince that will enable the volunteers to work throughout the rainy season and will include classrooms for seminars, workshops and courses to train first responders in police, military and humanitarian organizations in disaster preparedness.

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers Corps is an embracive program of the Church of Scientology that provides community service, disaster relief and emergency response. Created more than 30 years ago by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, the program has expanded to 203,000 Volunteer Ministers worldwide who have served at 161 worst-case disaster sites.

For more information on Scientology Volunteer Ministers Corps disaster response, visit

Scientology Volunteer Ministers–A Global Force for Help

A third of a century since its creation by L. Ron Hubbard, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers program has indeed become a force for good

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers program was launched in 1976 with the following challenge by L. Ron Hubbard: “If one does not like the crime, cruelty, injustice and violence of this society, he can do something about it.  He can become a Volunteer Minister and help civilize it, bring it conscience and kindness and love and freedom from travail by instilling into it trust, decency, honesty and tolerance.”

In a third of a century since Mr. Hubbard created this program, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers have grown to an international force for help.

There has been remarkable growth of the program in the first decade of the 21st Century. Today there are 196,000 Scientology Volunteer Ministers worldwide, compared to 45,000 in 2005 and 6,000 in 2001.

Volunteer Ministers have helped over 1.4 million people in the last year, a 300 percent increase over the 2004 figure of 550,000 people. Volunteer Ministers have helped 10.8 million people since 9/11.

Over 750,000 people have visited the Volunteer Ministers Internet site in the last year alone, with 149,000 people starting free online Volunteer Minister Courses in the last seven months alone.

18 Continental Volunteer Ministers traveling centers have toured through 116 countries covering over 300,000 miles (more than 140,000 miles within the past year).

The 135 regional Volunteer Ministers traveling centers—the signature yellow tents attached to Churches of Scientology in major cultural centers—have toured throughout their cities or towns helping hundreds of thousands yearly.

Volunteer Ministers have been involved in disaster relief efforts in 126 major disaster sites—42 locations in the last year alone.

Volunteer Ministers have trained and partnered with more than 500 different organizations and agencies including the Red Cross, FEMA, National Guard, and local police and fire departments.

For more information, or to arrange a free seminar or enroll on an online course, visit the Scientology Volunteer Ministers web site.

Scientology Volunteer Ministers Training Assists Maharashtra Civil Defense Department

Scientology Volunteer Ministers train Maaharashtra Civil Defense Trainers.

Scientology volunteers, who helped in the wake of the Mumbai terror attack, trained those who train the state’s Civil Defense force and Home Guard

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers India Goodwill Tour is working with the Maharashtra State Civil Defense and Home Guard to equip them with skills they need cope with disaster.

Mumbai is the capital of the State of Maharashtra.  With an estimated 13,500,000 people living there, it is the largest city in India by population and the 6th largest in the world.

Last November’s Mumbai terrorist attacks, with coordinated shooting and bombings throughout the city, brought to light the urgent need for increased disaster preparedness.

Among the first groups that rushed to the disaster site were members of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers India Goodwill Tour. They worked directly with the victims at Sir JJ Hospital.  They used Scientology Assists, procedures developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard that greatly increase the speed of healing by addressing the emotional and spiritual factors in illness and injuries.

Helping a child injured in the terrorist attack

The Scientology volunteers trained the families of the victims and nursing staff and once most of those who had been admitted to the hospital were discharged they reached out with their training to local colleges and Mumbai University to help people become more effective when a crisis occurs.

The Maharashtra State Civil Defense Training College heard what the Scientology volunteers were doing, and the effectiveness of their Disaster Relief Training and they were immediately interested. This is the facility that trains the Home Guard—civilians who serve as auxiliary to the police and help maintain internal security. By improving the skill of the Civil Defense Trainers, who train 15,000 civilians a year on civil defense techniques, they would be able to greatly increase the level of security for the state.  They arranged for the Scientology Volunteer Ministers to put all the Civil Defense Trainers through a rigorous training program.
The training was carried out by the director of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Tour
The program was carried out by the Director of the Goodwill Tour and included training in the technology of study, communication, bringing order to confused situations and assist technology. At their graduation ceremony, many of the students stepped up to the podium to share their views of the program, and gave glowing reports about what they had gained from it.   These trainers are now using what they learned to raise the standard of training and skill of the Home Guard so they can better serve the people of Maharashtra.

For more information on the Goodwill Tours, visit the Scientology Volunteer Ministers web site or the Scientology site.

Scientology Volunteer Ministers Address Slum Conditions

Scientology Volunteer Ministers, Nick and Erin, traveled to Kolkata, India in an effort to make a difference.

Every year, 26 million children reach school age in India. With this, the problem of education in a severely overcrowded school system becomes even more unmanageable. Despite increased school enrollment, some estimate that as many as 50% of India’s children do not attend school. That’s more than 150 million kids.

Time to bring out the Volunteer Ministers! As Church of Scientology leader, David Miscavige, described the Scientology Volunteer Ministers program: “The final word, as regards our front-line work bringing our help wherever and whenever needed is our corps of Scientology Volunteer Ministers — on call, 24 hours a day in scores of nations.”

“Slumdog Millionaire opened our eyes to the horrible conditions in India. We decided to go there and volunteer in the slums and we funded it ourselves,” said Erin.

“We thought if we could bring help there to some of the children who had no formal education and no real hope in life, at least that would be doing something about it,” said Nick.

While in India, Nick and Erin documented their work in the slums to communicate an accurate view of living conditions in India. “We wanted to let people back home know what it’s REALLY like living here, and through raising awareness get more help to the people here, especially the children,” reflected Nick.

These two young Scientology Volunteer Ministers helped teach English and mathematics to the slum children. They used study technology developed by L. Ron Hubbard to helping the kids improve their learning.

“Mr. Hubbard discovered that the first barrier to study is not having the real thing there that you are studying about. The real things or the object that you study are called mass,” said Erin “So, for example, we made sure the kids had things they could actually count with, 5 little wooden blocks lets say that represented the number 5, so they didn’t have to do it all in their heads. They liked that!”

“Conditions here are the worst of the worst,” they wrote to their friends. “It’s been just a continual amazement to both of us that there have been such magical moments, and bright smiling faces in amongst everything else. With all that’s going on in the world it can be very easy to get wrapped up in one’s own problems,” they continued. “The truth is that there are so many people in need of help and with far worse conditions than most can possible imagine. We decided to turn our efforts toward others for a few months and make a difference.”

For more information on the Scientology Volunteer Ministers program visit their web site at or the Scientology Video Channel.

Scientology Volunteer Minister Helped at 23 Disaster Sites

In 2008, Scientology Volunteer Ministers administered one-on-one help at 23 separate disaster sites.

Scientology Volunteer Ministers helped at the scene of three floods in Colombia.

In May, after a devastating 7.9 earthquake killed over 60,000 men, women and children in the Sichuan Province of China, Scientology Volunteer Ministers worked in conjunction with the Red Cross and delivered spiritual healing techniques that helped thousands who had lost home and family regain control of their lives.

That same month, a Scientology Volunteer Minister (VM), who is also a medical doctor, traveled with a Thai medical team to cities in Myanmar struck by the devastating cyclone that killed an estimated 130,000. He and another medical doctor, who is also a Scientology Volunteer Minister, trained other physicians to perform Scientology Assists, techniques that help people overcome the emotional and spiritual side of the trauma. A monk at the disaster site was utterly exhausted and in severe pain. When a Scientology Volunteer Minister gave him an Assist, the monk announced, “the pain is gone!” and asked the Scientology Volunteer Ministers to train him and 50 other monks to perform this procedure.

Volunteer Ministers worked with emergency firefighters in India to combat two major fires. In Johannesburg, South Africa, VMs worked with police to provide shelter for hundreds of foreigners displaced during an outbreak of racial violence. In the U.S., VMs helped battle brush fires. tornadoes and hurricanes. In Colombia, they dealt with floods in three different locations.

In late November, a team of Scientology Volunteer Ministers arrived in Mumbai to help in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks. The VMs went to Sir JJ Government Hospital, where they ministered to many of those injured in the attacks. For weeks, they went from bed to bed throughout the wards, helping the victims with Scientology Assists. To help as many people as possible, they trained the families of the injured to do the simple procedures on their own. Two other hospitals asked for the Scientology Volunteer Ministers’ help when they heard how fast victims at Sir JJ Government Hospital were recovering.

After the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, Scientology Volunteer Ministers went from bed to bed throughout the wards, helping the victims with Scientology Assists and training others to do so too.

Over thirty years ago the founder of the Scientology religion, L. Ron Hubbard, initiated a program to train Scientology volunteers to become Volunteer Ministers, who would help people in much the same way that the “barefoot doctors” of China once did—by ministering to those who could not afford costly, professional help. Today, this program is carried out by thousands of Scientology Volunteer Ministers around the world who provide unique services to help their fellows in any kind of difficulty on a strictly volunteer basis. Scientology Volunteer Ministers have gained the reputation of being there for the long haul, staying until the situation is fully resolved without regard to their own personal comforts. Scientology Volunteer Ministers work very closely with other first responder and disaster response groups and agencies such as the Red Cross and local fire and police departments, each doing their own job in tight coordination with each other.

Disaster relief, however, is not the only work of Scientology Volunteer Ministers. They help people who have communication difficulties, who are sick or injured, who are on drugs, who are stuck in unresolved conflicts, or who are under suppression. They help those who have ethical problems, whose marriages are suffering and those who need help in the workplace. And they help with a host of other problems.

VMs are carrying out a mission defined by L. Ron Hubbard, when he founded the Volunteer Ministers’ program: “A Volunteer Minister does not shut his eyes to the pain, evil and injustice of existence. Rather, he is trained to handle these things and help others achieve relief from them and new personal strength as well.”