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Washington IL Clergy Turn Attention To Mental Health

Wed, 25 Dec 2013 12:03:46 CST
By: AP

A central Illinois pastor whose church was central to cleanup efforts after deadly tornadoes last month is focused on a new phase of recovery. Pastor Tom Goodell of Crossroads United Methodist Church says he and other pastors are concerned about the mental health of the residents of Washington, especially as the tough winter months approach. Washington was hit hard by one of about two dozen tornadoes that struck in Illinois. Seven people died statewide. Goodell's church was transformed into a shelter where thousands of meals were served. Goodell and others are focusing on supporting residents of the town. The church has let mental health experts set up shop and the church is also calling victims on a regular basis.

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