Disaster Response Services

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.

Dec 4, 2014 by Beth De Graff

World Renew DRS Opens Florida Reconstruction Site after “Stealth-Like” Floods

(UNITED STATES) World Renew DRS Opens Florida Reconstruction Site after “Stealth-Like” Floods. “I talked with Sienna*, a single mother with four young kids living in the Pensacola, Florida, area. A tree fell on their home during the storm, damaging the roof. The rain water just poured in. She didn’t know how to treat the water damage and now her entire house is full of mold and mildew, and her kids are sick because of it. She doesn’t have the money to pay anyone to fix her home; she doesn’t know what to do,” said Richard Anema, a volunteer with World Renew’s Disaster Response Services (DRS).

Dec 1, 2014

Prepare for Christmas with Our Advent Calendar

Advent is coming! Let Free A Family mothers, fathers, and children connect you to the the reason for the season through World Renew's Advent Calendar.

Nov 24, 2014 by Beth De Graff

Community Members Recover from Michigan Tornado

(UNITED STATES) It has been over four months since a rare tornado came through Kentwood and Wyoming, Michigan, on July 6th, 2014. World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) has been responding since the day after the disaster occurred.

Oct 29, 2014 by Beth Degraff

Rebuilding Homes in the High River Flood Response

That June, his home was severely damaged by a history-making flood. The water rose past the first-floor level of his home causing a great deal of interior damage and sweeping the deck away. The water also eroded the soil from around a wall of the home’s foundation. Because Lawrence was recovering from an auto accident that left him with a neck injury, he wasn’t sure how to get the repairs done on his home. But he was determined to return it to a safe place for him, his wife, and his mother, to live.

Aug 22, 2014 by Adele Konyndyk

Reaching Out in Solidarity and Love to Those in Need Next Door

Tracy Inness was not home when a heavy rain storm began around 5pm in Burlington, Ontario on Monday, August 4. Within a couple of hours, two months of rain fell and hundreds of basements were flooded—including Tracy’s and several others on her street. Over 1,578 residents were affected by the flooding.

Jul 25, 2014 by Kellie Scholma

We are Committed – Michigan Tornado Update

Mesook Gho is one such person. She and her husband are Christian Reformed World Missions missionaries based in Japan. Gho is in Michigan for a short time visiting with her daughter. She plans to return to Japan in August. 

Jul 16, 2014 by Ivory Niewenhuis

Becoming a Global Citizen

HaEun Nam At World Renew, we believe that these are some of the goals that a shape the work of a global citizen as they serve God and His people. World Renew’s 1.2 million volunteers are committed to changing local ministry into global ministry.

Jul 3, 2014 by Beth Degraff

World Renew Fights Poverty at Home and Abroad with Sea to Sea 2013 Funds

Sea to Sea 2013 raised $917,118 to support the work of organizations committed to alleviating poverty. Twenty-five percent of those funds, or $219,280, were allocated to World Renew. We are pleased to offer this brief report on how World Renew’s portion of the funds are being used, and we extend our heartfelt thanks to the many Sea to Sea riders, volunteers, organizers, and donors who made this work possible!