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Newsletter August 2, 2017

THE STATE OF RECOVERY

In the year 2015 in Oklahoma we had storms beginning in March running through July.  Tornadoes came first followed by rain, rain and more rain.  Statistics would later show that 111 tornadoes touched down with a record rainfall of 53.71 inches on average statewide.  These significant weather events affected over 84% of the state with 66 of the 77 counties reporting damage.

Though the volunteer efforts have been tremendous in helping disaster survivors recover, there are families still in need.  The Bible contains many great scriptures that tell us not to quit, to persevere and stay strong.  Jesus challenges us to live a life of service.  To help those who are in need.  We therefore continue for those that come in true need of help.

For many, Long Term Recovery is just that, long term!  The challenge comes for us in keeping people aware of the continued need long after a disaster.  The news coverage has moved on, other disasters locally and beyond have occurred, but for the 2015 disaster survivors their need is ever present.

As of the penning of this newsletter, between now and years end, we have two volunteer teams registered comprising 60 days of work over the next 151.  With 58 homeowner projects funded ready to work and another 300 homeowners in disaster case management the end is beyond our reach.  For this reason we call upon you.  Many of you have volunteered with us already, some multiple times, and for your service we are grateful.  However, we know recovery for all those in need is possible if we don’t quit, persevere and stay strong!

THE NEED EXISTS

Our new webpage shows all the funded projects that are ready and waiting for a volunteer team.  Please look for a project in your area of the state or in your area of skill and let us know you are ready to work.  We will coordinate logistics with you for lodging, materials delivery, tools and knowledge.  This list is updated weekly so check back often.

The project needs vary from home to home, but what we see as the four most significant areas are for roofing (some with decking work), drywall (to include tape, mud, texture and paint), flooring (some sub-floor work then finish flooring to include laminate, peel and stick or ceramic), and siding. Some projects need roofing work before the interior can be repaired to prevent further damage.

  Roofing

  Drywall

  Flooring

  Siding

VOLUNTEERS

WE NEED YOU!

Option 1: If you have experienced team leaders, home repair skilled volunteers… then you can choose your project from our Project List.  We will coordinate with you in purchasing the materials.  Your team would supply the tools, make the materials delivery, and find your own lodging.

Option 2: We will set up your lodging and purchase materials.  One of our project managers will make the materials delivery, provide tools needed and will also be onsite to provide project knowledge.  This option is available in certain areas of the state only and will not be available after December 31, 2017 if more funding is not found.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says “Two are better than one, share the work…”  We know we cannot accomplish all that is needed in recovery without you.  Volunteers are the key to the motto “Staying until Recovery is Complete…that’s Church!”  Many disaster survivors are not able to recover without volunteer help.

Volunteer today!

WHAT WILL YOUR RESPONSE-ABILITY BE?

DONATIONS

We are looking for the extravagant generosity of people and organizations across the country to aid in Oklahoma recovery efforts.

As of December 31, 2017 our grant funding will end before the needs of the disaster survivors have all been met.  We need operational funding to continue this vital work in the state.

  • Staff salaries
  • Vehicle and trailer maintenance, tools and equipment
  • Purchase of distribution and warehousing facility

You can make an operational donation by calling 405-530-2032.

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION

Ellsworth Presbyterian Church, KS

Sunrise UMC, CO

Kaskaskia River UMC, IL

Heritage Presbyterian Church, KS

Cushing UMC, OK

Paul said, "In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak,
remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said:
'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"

Acts 20:35

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