Hello all, a very quick update. Hurricane Harvey is very much like Hurricane Sandy was. Some areas had tons of rain / water but it quickly drained off, while other areas got nothing. And, then there are some areas which look much more like the devastation of Hurricane Katrina where whole areas have profound damage or are just gone.
As the first steps yesterday, we were able to make arrangements with a wonderful Pastor and his wife, who will establish a volunteer center at their church. Pastor Paul Lambert and his wife along with their Clear Point Church congregation in Pasadena, TX. This we will help in establishing a location for volunteers and support the truck that we will load and send to Texas. This will be our home base for the volunteer teams.
A good deal of gutting is underway already, where it can be done. Some areas are not open yet. While we will be doing more rebuilding beginning in a few weeks, I will immediately look to build a small gutting team, of 5-7 people, to get down here VERY SOON – as early as next week. With the heat and humidity, these homes which have not been gutted need to be gutted fast.
If you are interested in this first volunteer team, working with SGS, we will arrange for flights to TX. SGS will have an SGS team member who will handle all our travel to the locations where we will work.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to travel in this first wave. We are thinking it will take 5 days or so.
Lets show Texas what The Giving Circle family can do!
Also as soon as Mark is back, he will distribute a list which we need to fill our truck and get it on its way down.
Thank you for your interest and support!