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Safe Environment Application for Adults


THANK YOU for your interest in volunteering at St. Michael the Archangel. The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend requires that all volunteers working with children or teenagers on a regular basis go through a screening process to ensure the safety of the children and teenagers at our parish.

In order to apply to volunteer, please complete the four steps listed below. Once all four steps are completed, your application will be reviewed by the parish's Safe Environment Coordinator, and, if approved, the organization that you are volunteering for will be notified. 

1. Complete and submit the online Volunteer Application here

There's also a PDF of the application here that you can print and fill out. 

2. Email a picture of your driver's license to the parish's Safe Environment Coordinator at safeenvironment@stmichaelwaterloo.com

3. Complete the background check 

In order to complete a background check on you, we will be sending your email address to our provider of background checks, Barada Associates, Inc. They will send you an introductory email on how to begin the process. The message will come from the following email address, customerservice@baradainc.com, so be sure to set up your email accordingly and/or watch for this message. 

4. Complete the Training Modules

Now you must complete the safe environment training. This training is meant to protect the children and those who minister to them, as well as, help to cultivate a healthy environment in which all persons can grow in their faith. 

INITIAL TRAINING:  The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has partnered with Catholic Mutual Group (CMG) to offer safe environment training for all adults who will minister to children.  The CMG website maintains the online training for all of our volunteers.  If you are a NEW volunteer, OR, if you have been volunteering at St. Michael's for a number of years, but have not yet received the INITIAL TRAINING with CMG, you must complete it online. Some of our previous volunteers have been added to the CMG website and usernames have been created for them. Others need to create new usernames and passwords. To avoid making duplicate accounts, please call or email (safeenvironment@stmichaelwaterloo.com) Arica before signing up. 

FUTURE TRAINING: CMG will notify you by email every two years to update this training.  They will provide you with instructions as to how to proceed at the appropriate time.  IT WILL NOT BE NECESSARY FOR VOLUNTEERS TO SET UP NEW ACCOUNTS FOR THE UPDATED TRAINING.  Your account/profile that you initially set up is good for as long as you're a volunteer.

Thank you very much for your service to our diocese! Together may we bring the peace and love of God to all we serve. If you have any questions, please contact the Safe Environment Coordinator in the parish office (260-837-7115) or by email (safeenvironment@stmichaelwaterloo.com).