Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery will launch a new initiative for churches in response to the recent onslaught of severe weather across the state. Through the new Church to Family Partnerships, the opportunity is available to partner with a family affected by flooding or tornadoes to help rebuild or repair their home.
In May, many homes were damaged and/or destroyed through tornadoes and flooding in the towns of Van (East, TX), and Donna (South, TX). In Van alone, over 60 homes were completely destroyed and declared uninhabitable.
The Long Term Recovery phase of these disasters is beginning. Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery will begin mobilizing teams to disaster areas to help rebuild and repair homes of those who are without insurance, underinsured, elderly or disabled. TBDR will provide volunteer labor to help these individuals who have lost so much.
All notices received indicate there will be no individual financial assistance granted by FEMA. This is where the faith-based family can help. TBDR has identified homes in Van and Donna, as well as other areas across the state, who fit our assistance criteria and will need help. TBDR specialists have vetted these families and know their needs are truthful. We would like to invite your church to partner with these families.
Church to Family Partnership opportunities through financial contributions to Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery are as follows:
- $10,000 provides the materials to rebuild a kitchen (including appliances and construction) of a home in Van
- $5,000 provides the materials to rebuild a roof of a home in Van or Donna
- $2,500 provides the materials to rebuild a bathroom of a home in Van, Donna or Eagle Pass
- $2,000 provides the materials to repair the roof of a mobile home in Donna or Van
- $500 can replace the windows in one room of a home in Van or Donna
- $100 can replace sheet rock torn out due to recent flood in a home near Corpus Christi
Donations can be made payable to and mailed to:
Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery
7557 Ramber Road, Suite 1200
Dallas, TX 75231-2388
You can also give online here.
Volunteer through Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery - Churches can provide volunteer labor by sending volunteer teams. Projects include light and heavy construction, fence building, painting, yard clean up, etc. Visit Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery for more information and sign up. Contact Marla Bearden at (214) 537-7358 for more information.
There is also be a need for skilled/experienced construction volunteers who can volunteer through our Shalom Builders program. Contact Gerald Davis at (214) 924-6401 for more information.