Reader’s Digest Reports: Comfort Amid Chaos

The Reader’s Digest reports on the Crisis Response Team with an in-depth interview of Program Director, Joe Avalos. In the interview, Joe recounts a 2012 CRT response to fatal traffic collision that killed two people. “We wake up at all hours of the night to be with people at the worst moment of their lives,” Joe says in the interview.

The article continues by explaining how the CRT assists the police, fire and other first responders during these types of incidents.
Comfort Amid Chaos - CRT in Reader's Digest
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Five therapy horses will be working with the Crisis Response Team

The Mayor’s Crisis Response Team has certified and deputized American Miniature Horses to provide emotional support to victims of Trauma.

Victoria Nodiff-Netanel, Steve Sullivan and her five therapy horses, Belle, Valor, Willow, Pearl and Sky, will be working with the Crisis Response Team (CRT), managed by the Mayors Office of Public Safety in collaboration with the Los Angeles Police & Los Angeles Fire Departments. We hope to have the horses accompany us out in the field for large scale incidents with victims who would benefit from this type of therapy


CRT in the Field

Here is a perfect example of the work that we do. This is a 95 year-old man who needed to take his daily walk even though he was several feet away from a crime scene. CRT walked him to the corner and back helping him continue on with his daily routine giving him a sense of normalcy amidst the chaos in his neighborhood. CRT restored a sense of calm and safety, while empowering him in his daily routine.

Sammie Lyles

The Mayor’s CRT in the LA Times

LA Times spent a few nights with our CRT volunteers to get an idea what it’s like providing support for individuals in need.

LA Times

Article in the LA Times “These people volunteered to be there for the worst moments in someone’s life.”

Read the article “These people volunteered to be there for the worst moments in someone’s life” on LA Times website.

Many thanks to Soumya Karlamangla for coming out and meeting the team.