Kellie Scholma

Kellie Scholma is Communications Coordinator for World Renew Disaster Response Services. She and her family live in Grand Rapids, MI.
Nov 8, 2017 by Kellie Scholma

Our Time in Tarboro, North Carolina

Because World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) worked in this area after Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and Irene in 2011, there is a relationship between World Renew DRS and the local long-term disaster team headed up by the United Methodist Church.

Oct 31, 2017 by Kellie Scholma

On the Ground After the Hurricanes

Kevin is normally a calm unruffled man, but he spent a terrifying night riding out Hurricane Harvey in his boat in his garage. He heard a banging on the garage throughout the night. In the morning, he realized it was his truck floating in his yard, knocking against the garage. Almost everything in his house and garage was ruined by water.

Oct 10, 2017 by Kellie Scholma

Update on Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria

Eighty-five percent of the residents in Port Arthur, Texas, were left with severe damage to their homes after Hurricane Harvey.

Sep 25, 2017 by Kellie Scholma

Prayer Alert: Hold the Dam in Puerto Rico

What damage does a Category 4 hurricane cause? The National Hurricane Center says “[With winds of 130-156mph (209-251 km/h)] catastrophic damage will occur. Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.”

Sep 19, 2017 by Kellie Scholma

Cleaning Up Ella's Home in Port Arthur, Texas

Ella speaks with Lois, a World Renew DRS volunteer. A DRS volunteer team is working on cleaning out Ella’s home after it was flooded by Hurricane Harvey.

Sep 19, 2017 by Kellie Scholma

After Hurricane Irma

“We don’t have initial damage estimates yet but we know there are areas that will need World Renew’s help.”

Aug 28, 2017 by Kellie Scholma

Urgent Prayer and Donations Requested in Response to Hurricane Harvey

Harvey continues to drop incredible amounts of rain in and around the Houston, Texas, area. The situation is changing each day, and the related flooding has put thousands of people at the mercy of air and water evacuation crafts. The National Weather Service in Houston reported that, "After checking the rain gauge, a new daily rainfall record was set at 16.08 inches, beating yesterday's record of 14.40 inches." Houston alone has received half of its annual rainfall over the weekend.

Jul 15, 2017 by Kellie Scholma

Coming Together in the Face of Disaster

As active wildfires continue to burn in British Columbia, World Renew is deeply grateful for the many individuals, local organizations, provincial agencies, and churches of various denominations who are coming together to support evacuees and first responders in this time of crisis.

Jul 13, 2017 by Kellie Scholma

200 Wildfires Burn in British Columbia

Mike Hoyer, World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) area representative for British Columba, reports that organizations local to the fire areas including provincial agencies and other disaster response organizations are caring for the needs of evacuees.

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