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Re·cov·er·y / rəˈkəv(ə)rē = A return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength. The action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost.  The recuperation, convalescence, redemption

Recovery is often the forgotten element in any disaster.  When the media has moved on to other stories there remain families in need.  The commitment of the OKUMC-DR is "Staying Until Recovery is Complete...That's Church".  That means walking beside those affected by a disaster until a sense of normalcy returns in what ever fashion that might be.  Often it is a "new normal" that families must adjust to.

Beyond the tarping and securing of a home, cutting down trees and removing debris, families lives have been altered and recovery is the longest and hardest part.  The OKUMC-DR is often the quiet partner in peoples lives as we stay beyond the media stories to provide what assistance we can and what assistance the family has need of.

Recovery has the greatest need of your generosity for funds and other resources that many families need to recover.  Without your support recovery efforts can be limited.  To learn more about how you can help in this way please visit our Donation page.

As with any stage in a disaster, volunteers are the single most important asset needed.  YOU make all the difference in the world.  Offering your time to clean-up, construct and to listen to the stories of those affected goes beyond any monetary gift we could offer.  Visit our Volunteer page to learn how you can be involved today.

ODRP, a story of recovery.

Recovery is the area in which the bigger disaster community has depended on the United Methodist Church to be involved in for many years. United Methodists have effectively taken the leadership role in many disaster recovery efforts. Our planning efforts need to emphasize continued usefulness at this level.

The areas of participation in disaster recovery are:

  • Long Term Recovery Committees (Local Businesses & Associations, Recovery Agencies)
  • Case Managers (Disaster Survivor Advocate)
  • Volunteer Managers (Recruitment, Hosting & Hospitality)
  • Project Managers (Assessments & Home Repair Oversight)
  • Site Coordinators (Materials Delivery & Onsite Team Host)
  • Mission Teams (Home Repair Volunteers)