Beth De Graff

Sep 21, 2019 by Beth De Graff

Hurricane Dorian Response Update

Recent reports state that Dorian resulted in at least 50 deaths in the Bahamas, with 1,300 people still missing. World Renew is responding in the Bahamas by supporting local recovery organizations and working with international partners to meet people’s most urgent as well as long-term needs. Your gifts to World Renew in support of Hurricane Dorian relief in the Bahamas will support disaster response by our partners who are already on the ground assessing the damage.

Sep 3, 2019 by Beth De Graff

World Renew Readies Response to Dorian, Accepting Donations

“We are lining up our rapid response volunteers to help with clean-up should the need arise,” said World Renew DRS Director Bob Laarman. “We are also in touch with our contacts all along the East Coast to let them know that we are praying for them and available to help after the storm.”

Jan 30, 2018 by Beth De Graff

World Renew and One Day's Wages Raise $100,000 for Syria Refugees

“We at One Day’s Wages are overwhelmed with sadness by the suffering in Syria and Iraq and the surrounding region,” says founder Eugene Cho. “We know it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the scale and severity of this, but we also know that people are capable of making an amazing impact in the face of human suffering.”

Dec 6, 2017 by Beth De Graff

Chicago School Raises $10,000 for Harvey Response

When a group of young people gets behind a project, amazing things can happen. On September 7, 2017, students at Timothy Christian School in Chicago hosted an Epic Burger Battle to raise funds for Hurricane Harvey response in Texas through World Renew’s Disaster Response Services (DRS).

May 24, 2016 by Beth De Graff

Returning Home to Fort McMurray

The announcement is a first step on the long journey of recovery for residents who were forced to evacuate their homes during the first week of May 2016 when high winds fanned a wildfire that threatened the town. “There are still sporadic flare ups and fire outbreaks in the area,” Ryskamp said. “In some hot spots, houses have exploded. It’s just one of the reasons why residents are not allowed into the city yet: it is still not safe.”

May 16, 2016 by Beth De Graff

Fort McMurray Wildfire Update

The prime minister offered the displaced residents the full support of the federal government in recovering from the fire. More than 241,000 hectares (a half-million acres) of land have been burned to date, and half of Alberta’s oil sands industry in the region has been shut down since last week. 

Oct 15, 2015 by Beth De Graff

Disaster Response Services Launching Response in South Carolina

The flood water is receding in South Carolina after torrential rain storms that were aggravated by Hurricane Joaquin deluged Columbia and the surrounding area in the first weekend of October. World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) volunteers Eric and Nancy Johnson are on the ground in Columbia neighborhoods as homeowners start to clear out their waterlogged houses and clean up their salvageable possessions.

Jul 29, 2015 by Beth De Graff

Carol Bremer-Bennett Begins World Renew U.S. Directorship

Today Carol Bremer-Bennett begins her first day as the U.S. Director of World Renew today, joining Ida Kaastra Mutoigo, Canada Director, in leading the bi-national organization’s development and disaster response ministry among communities of hunger and poverty in North America and over 35 countries worldwide.

Jun 17, 2015 by Beth De Graff

Synod Ratifies New Director for World Renew U.S.

This week, Carol Bremer-Bennett was ratified with a unanimous vote by the Synod of the Christian Reformed Church to oversee the U.S. operations of World Renew, the denomination’s international development, disaster, and justice ministry.

Dec 4, 2014 by Beth De Graff

Good Things Can Come from a Storm

The group, who ranged from 14 years old to 82, spent a week helping Anthony and other survivors of the November 2013 tornado in Washington, Illinois. Like many area residents, Anthony soon found out how badly his house was damaged by the tornado. The walls were ruined and many of the windows were broken. When it started to rain, water poured into the structure and eventually ruined the basement. The home became unlivable.