HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The American Red Cross has always provided food, shelter and other essentials to victims of a disaster.
A decade ago volunteers recognized the need to add "mental" health services to help the healing process.
Hawaii's chapter has set up a series of workshops to address the emotional effects of the tsunami in Japan.
Longtime volunteer Ken Lee is ready to go wherever and whenever, at a moment's notice.
The retired social worker donates his time to counsel victims and emergency responders.
He spent one month in New York after the September 11 terrorist attacks.
"What I spent most of my time doing wasn't working with survivors and victims families," Lee said. "It was working with Red Cross personnel, search and rescue people because they were so heavily affected emotionally."
For more information, visit the American Red Cross, Hawaii Chapter.
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