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Texas league debriefs Hurricane Ike victims
FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (10/22/08)--The Texas Credit Union League (TCUL) is offering “debriefing” sessions in four Southeast Texas communities to provide additional support to credit union employees struggling to rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Ike last month. Charles A. Scott, master of social work and licensed clinical social worker, presents the sessions, designed to help credit union employees identify, overcome and prevent stress, and to gain a better understanding of the loss and grief process (LoneStar Leaguer Oct. 21). Credit union employees who have suffered personal loss as a result of Hurricane Ike are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity share experiences with their peers, who perhaps are going through similar stresses and sense of loss, the league said. The sessions are open to all credit union employees in the affected areas, and employees are encouraged to attend a session that is most convenient to them. Over the last several weeks, TCUL President/CEO Dick Ensweiler and other league staff, visited Southeast Texas credit unions damaged by Hurricane Ike. In these visits, Ensweiler and his staff had the opportunity to speak with credit union employees who suffered significant personal loss. “I’m so proud of how employees in the area are coping with the situation. Despite their own hardships they wear a brave smile for their members,” Ensweiler told the league. “Offering these sessions is our way of letting them know that the credit union community cares about their well-being. It is our hope that these debriefing sessions will give these employees the tools they need to more effectively deal with the range of emotions they will surely experience during the healing process.” Scott conducted similar sessions in Mississippi for the Mississippi league, after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the league said. Scott has worked for 33 years helping individuals, families and organizations. He worked with over 600 credit union employees in Hurricane Katrina-affected areas. Scott has concern for and understanding of the difficult times that survivors have during and after a disaster such as Hurricane Ike, the league said. These sessions were made possible through a grant from the Texas Credit Union Foundation (TCUF). The grant was given from TCUF’s General Fund, and no money is being taken out of the Hurricane Ike Disaster Relief Fund to cover these sessions, the league said.


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