Because of the ongoing nature of the rains and floods, along with requests from officials to stay away until after the storm has passed, we are busy mobilizing our response teams to go to Houston as soon as possible. We have an upcoming trip in the plans right now.
CCF is partnering with MercyWorks who has ministry partners in Houston so that we can help people rebuild in the days, weeks and months ahead.
Specifically, our teams will focus on three major areas:
- Delivery of baskets of food and water and emergency supplies.
- Gutting of homes for people without flood insurance and helping in the rebuilding efforts.
- Meeting spiritual needs through distribution of Bibles, prayer, grief counseling, fellowship and serving the elderly.
If you are interested, please sign up below:
What to Bring & What to Wear:
Our initial teams will primarily be working with clean-up efforts. Though there may be less physical jobs, we are asking that volunteers be healthy and able to do at least moderate physical activity.
Hurricane Harvey Volunteer Guide
We are so thankful that you are interested in coming to volunteer with our ministry based out of Tyler, Texas. Here are a few details that will better prepare you for coming to serve with us.
Length of stay
Dates of service are flexible. Most teams are staying 5-7 days. Some are coming for a weekend, others are staying for several weeks.
You can fly into either of the Houston Airports
- George Bush Intercontinental Airport
- William P. Hobby Airport
Teams need to provide their own transportation
What we need most are people experienced in the area of construction and those willing to work hard and serve in this area. There are also needs for those who have a heart for praying for people, worship on the streets, distributing donated items and Bibles, children’s ministry, etc.
Options for housing vary depending on the size of your team, when you are coming, and how many other teams YWAM Houston is hosting at the same time. Housing cost is $10/person/night and is dorm style with bunk beds and mattresses. Individuals need to bring their own bedding.
MercyWorks is actively raising funds for the restoration of the homes in the Lakewood community, but we need help! If you are with a team that will be rebuilding and restoring homes, the average cost for repairs is $5,000. Please pray about helping to raise this amount in your churches and communities. But if you cannot, don’t let it hold you back from serving. Any amount your group can help with will be used for this purpose.
It will be up to you how you wish to provide food for your team. There will be a refrigerator and kitchen facilities available at your housing location, and there are a number of grocery stores and restaurants in the area to purchase food. Cooking pots, pans, and utensils are provided, but individuals are responsible for their own mess kits (plates and cutlery).
What to bring
- Closed toe shoes or work boots
- Work clothes
- Work gloves
- Sleeping bag/sheets and blanket
- Refillable water bottle
- Mess kit (plates, bowls, cutlery)
- Mosquito repellant
- Baby wipes/hand sanitizer
- Ear plugs
*We are working to acquire a trailer and the necessary construction tools needed for repairing the homes. However, especially early on, we are asking teams to bring what they can. YWAM Houston/MercyWorks will provide anything else needed at the job site. If you’d like a list of recommended tools for the jobs being done, please email email@example.com and we will send you the complete list.
Depending on your insurance coverage, you may want to purchase travel insurance prior to arriving in Houston. It is affordable and can cover you in the event of an emergency.
MercyWorks PO Box 3000 – Garden Valley, TX 75771
Shipping Address: 20131 FM 16 West – Lindale, TX 75771
You can also give online at mercyworks.org
Thank you again for desiring to show God’s love to so many in need of help and hope.
Dear Houston Volunteers,
This last week was an eye opener to what’s ahead for our relief efforts in Houston. Each street was piled high with ruined household goods, furniture, clothes and unreplaceable personal items (see attached photos below). And the people were numb and exhausted from this disaster. However, we were well received in each home we visited and lots of personal prayer went forth for each situation. It was such a privilege to listen to their stories and love on these people.
Most of the 800 homes in our target area were damaged when 2-5 feet of water rushed down their neighborhoods and into their homes from nearby canals and bayous by the opening of area reservoir floodgates. This was deemed necessary by the Army Corps of Engineers to prevent the overflow and possible damage to those reservoir dams.
For most of these folks, it’s not the first time this has happened but with volunteers and the homeowner’s hard work, they’ve already made some good progress in the cleanup process.
There is no standing water in the area and most all the damaged items have been removed from the houses as well as the inside drywall cut up 2-4 feet with fans blowing on the exposed framing and waiting for new drywall repair.
There are two MercyWorks homes in the rebuilding stage right now. George Garrett, John Telenga and YWAMer Elise Peterson join other volunteer workers to continue the work on those two homes. The goal is to get the house completed enough for the homeowner to return home. This team left early (at 8 AM Sept 20th) and will…