“We did not go anywhere right after our wedding, so I guess our deployment is our honeymoon,” said newlywed Jean Brown, an American Red Cross volunteer disaster responder. She and her husband Jason are hard at work at one of the four Multi-Agency Resource Centers that have been established to serve the needs of clients affected by the savage tornadoes that tore through Moore, Oklahoma. Jean does client casework, helping those affected get the assistance they need; Jason is the greeter, making sure visitors are welcomed and escorted to see the agencies that can help them with their recovery.
The Browns are from Sidney, Ohio. Last November they began taking volunteer training courses at the Northern Miami Valleychapter of the American Red Cross. “We’ve done a few local fire calls, but this is our first national disaster deployment,” says Jean. “It’s a warm, warm feeling when we can help people, it makes my day,”. Part of the inspiration for becoming volunteers was Jonah’s experience of being helped by the Red Cross after an apartment fire.
The Brown’s sat close to each other in church for a year or more. “One day we said hi, then it went from there,” recalled Jean. When asked who said “hi” first, she admitted that she sort of paved the way when she sent him a get-well card during an illness. The Browns are avid motorcyclists when not working for the Red Cross. Jonah is a very active member of the Motorcyclists for Jesus Ministry group.