Kellie Scholma

Kellie Scholma is Communications Coordinator for World Renew Disaster Response Services. She and her family live in Grand Rapids, MI.
Jul 17, 2018 by Kellie Scholma

A New Home in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

An elderly gentleman in Puerto Rico lost his house to Hurricane Maria in September 2017. To get by, he was living in a makeshift building made of scraps he found. This spring he became the owner of a brand new home built by volunteers from Adventist Agency for Development and Resource Assistance (ADRA) and World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS). The weather in Puerto Rico was hot and humid while volunteer teams were at work on the house, but they were serving and sweating for the glory of Jesus, the Ultimate Servant.

Jul 11, 2019 by Kellie Scholma

Jeff's Last Nail Celebration

There was so much damage to his home he wasn’t able to live there. The walls, floors, bathroom fixtures, kitchen cabinets, and more were torn out and needed to be replaced. The trouble was, Jeff was not able to make all those repairs on his own.             Here is Jeffs home under construction.

Jun 18, 2019 by Kellie Scholma

Wrapping Up Response to 2016 Floods in Louisiana

        The floods were devastating......

May 23, 2019 by Kellie Scholma

Tornadoes and Floods Surge through Central U.S.

Tornado activity continued throughout Memorial Day weekend with an additional 48 tornado touchdowns across 13 states. In response, World Renew has begun coordinating our volunteer efforts with local and state officials in Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Kansas, and Oklahoma. The World Renew team will commence initial clean-up efforts starting next week in Bristol, Nebraska and then Hamburg, Iowa in response to the Missouri River flood. We will also attend in-person coordination meetings in Fremont, Nebraska.

Apr 25, 2019 by Kellie Scholma

Bomb Cyclone Devastation in Nebraska

Some estimates indicate that fifty percent of Nebraskans whose homes, businesses, crops, and livestock were in the path of the flooded Missouri River will not recover. World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) is helping homeowners with the most need get back on their feet. One couple needs to have their entire house torn down because the flood damage is so bad. The husband is disabled and walks with a walker. They clearly cannot live in their home so will need to find someplace else to go.

Mar 27, 2019 by Kellie Scholma

World Renew DRS Responds to Flooding in Newaygo, Michigan

Volunteers are needed to help Newaygo families muck out and gut out their houses to prepare them for reconstruction. Sign up to volunteer to help at by calling 800-848-5818 or emailing 

Mar 4, 2019 by Kellie Scholma

73 Homes Repaired in Texas

Can you imagine living in your home with a leaky roof, no running water, and holes in the flooring for years? This is almost unimaginable for most of us, but for people living in Rio Grande Valley, Texas, it was their reality. There were not one -- or two -- but three major floods in the Rio Grande Valley in May and October 2015, and again in June 2018.

Feb 13, 2019 by Kellie Scholma

Update: Hurricanes Florence and Michael

Four months after Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas and Hurricane Michael tore north through Florida Panhandle and into Georgia, regional managers for World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) visited with local leaders to plan World Renew's long-term response to these major disasters. Their updates follow here:    Hurricane Michael, by Eric and Nancy Johnson, Regional Managers for World Renew DRS

Dec 20, 2018 by Kellie Scholma

California Wildfires by the Numbers

One thousand of 14,232 properties in three counties have, so far, been cleared of hazardous household waste so that fire-related debris can be removed. One thousand sixty-five fire personnel worked tirelessly to successfully contain 100 percent of the fires by December 2018. Today, all of the fall wildfires in California have been put out after the area recently received a good dose of much needed rain. But the rain also brought new challenges for homeowners who were affected by the fires.

Nov 29, 2018 by Kellie Scholma

Restoring Homes for the Elderly Two Years after a Flood

My husband, Denny, and I and two other couples arrived a week before home repair work began to set up the housing center for the first team DRS volunteers. Our housing was a lovely Christian camp used all summer for youth and family activities. In April 2018, we closed the site for the hot summer months and moved all of the DRS household, kitchen, and bedroom belongings into tool trailers until fall so the camp could use their space.