San Francisco Crisis Care Helps Victims

By Lee Hubbard

Christoph Sandoval

When a traumatic accident or death happens in the city, San Francisco Crisis Care (SFCC) is ready to react, to make sure families affected can be comforted. The volunteer non-profit, in its first year, works with the police and fire departments and any first responders to a death or an accident in San Francisco.
“Our volunteers respond on the scene and prove basic human to human support,” said David Vincent, the Crisis Care Volunteer recruiter.  “We help the victims understand what is happening now and what to expect in the next few hours or days in the future.”
San Francisco Crisis Care is a non-profit organization that is sponsored by California Pacific Medical Center, Kaiser, All State Insurance and many other businesses.  It is a volunteer group that has branches in other cities, including San Diego, Sacramento and Los Angeles. The office is headed by Christoph Sandoval.
“Our first office in this state was in San Diego and that was 22 years ago,” said Vincent.
Currently, the San Francisco office is looking for more volunteers and the San Francisco Crisis Center is making its rounds in San Francisco with booths at various churches, community groups and outings.
‘It’s tough to find volunteers,” said Vincent.  “The work is very intense and it can be emotionally draining and powerful as you are dealing with people in intense grief situations.”
For more information on San Francisco Crisis Care call (415) 691-7322, e-mail the center at sf@crisiscare.us or go to the website at www.crisiscare.us/sf.