Disaster Response Services

May 5, 2016 by Kellie Scholma

Prayers Requested for Families Affected by Fires in Alberta

A mandatory evacuation for the city of Fort McMurray, Alberta, population 80,000, is in effect as rampant wildfire continues to engulf everything in its path. The wildfire is consuming homes, businesses, and forests, but thankfully no injuries or deaths have been reported. Your prayers and generous donations are needed.

Apr 21, 2016 by Kellie Scholma

Repairing Family Homes in West Virginia

Mary and her late husband built this house together in 1996 while Mary was carrying their first child. Room by room the two worked with lumber from the trees around their home to create a place where all three of their children would eventually grow up.

Mar 30, 2016 by Kellie Scholma

World Renew Returns to Franklinton after New Flooding

“I don’t think I can do this again,” said John, a 70-year-old homeowner in Franklinton, Louisiana.  John’s home was damaged by Hurricane Isaac in 2012, but he was able to recover with assistance. Today, his home and hundreds like it are again in need of repair. “We come in the name of Christ, with an attitude of prayer, to bring restoration to people’s hearts as well as their homes.”

Mar 8, 2016 by Kellie Scholma

Understanding the Needs in Saipan

In August 2015, Typhoon Soudelor hit Saipan and caused immense damage to the tiny islet. The American Red Cross, with a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, requested assistance from World Renew DRS. Our building estimators were asked to meet with homeowners to assess the cost to repair their homes.An outdoor kitchen.

Mar 8, 2016 by Kellie Scholma

Hope like Job, Recovering in New Jersey

When Hurricane Irene flooded their New Jersey home in 2011, Steve and Teresa were forced to move out. Then a year later, Hurricane Sandy flooded their unlivable house again, this time destroying all of their household possessions. Although the water was gone, the remaining moisture in the structure and walls began to cause mold and mildew to grow.

Feb 22, 2016 by Kellie Scholma

Bringing Hope to Flood Survivors

They were not alone. The Memorial Day flood (May 2015) and All Saints flood (Oct. 2015) brought immense destruction throughout Texas, leaving thousands in need. Then Jose and Sandra met volunteers from World Renew’s Disaster Response Services (DRS) who were carrying out an assessment of unmet needs in Houston. The volunteers went door to door calling on residents. They also hosted several walk-in centers to interview as many people as possible and determine their ongoing flood-related needs.

Jan 21, 2016 by Beth Degraff

Lives Intersect in World Renew’s North Carolina Responses

She quickly got up and ran towards the sound. When she opened the door to her spare room, she saw what happened – water damage caused the ceiling to collapse.

Nov 23, 2015 by Bethany Cok

World Renew Volunteers Restore Homes After Wyoming Floods

“Russ was initially very hesitant to let us come into his home and start tearing things apart,” said Harv Klaver, a World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) construction volunteer. “He was very sentimental about his [family] home.”  

Nov 6, 2015 by Bethany Cok

Two Years After Flood, High River is Finding Its Footing

Initially, World Renew’s Disaster Response Services (DRS) conducted an unmet needs assessment to determine the needs that were still present in the community. They then opened a High River reconstruction site in January 2014, sending new volunteer reconstruction teams every few weeks to help community members rebuild and move back into their homes. 

Aug 28, 2015 by Kellie Scholma

DRS Response to Disasters Gains Momentum

But out of the devastation, compassion arose from neighbors near and far. Generous volunteers seemed to appear out of nowhere, offering their help. Some communities had so many volunteers they had to say, “Please don’t send any more  people right now!