Hurricane Sandy

Oct 16, 2013

Why We Do What We Do

In the 40-year history of World Renew Disaster Response Services, our volunteers have become somewhat accustomed to working on sites in southern states in the US in the winter: it’s great way to combine a winter vacation in a warm climate with a mission trip to help those in need (with a good portion of your expenses paid by DRS).  Not bad!  But recently, the weather seems to have gotten out of kilter. While Tropical Storm Debby and Hurricane Isaac hit down south in 2012, many of our recent disasters have basically been up north.

Nov 1, 2016 by Chris Meehan

Disaster Response Team Includes People of All Abilities

Joelle Wilhelm never had to know how to use a screw gun before—mainly because the need had never come up.

Jan 8, 2015 by Kellie Scholma

World Renew DRS Continues ‘Lifesaving’ Response to Superstorm Sandy

Before Shot More than two years after Super-storm Sandy overwhelmed their New Jersey home of 17 years, Ed and Maureen had a safe and secure home once again.

Oct 29, 2013 by Kellie Scholma

Homeless a Year Later

“We were at a home improvement store in October, and a local pastor recognized our green shirts from World Renew,” say volunteers Rich and Phyl Grevenstuk “The pastor said that he knew of a family that was homeless and still living in their van as a result of Super-storm Sandy. He asked if we could help them.” The Grevenstuks are project managers on World Renew’s Super-storm Sandy reconstruction site in Ocean County, New Jersey. One year after Super-storm Sandy, about 26,000 people, like this couple, are still in temporary housing or homeless.

Aug 22, 2013 by Beth De Graff

World Renew Receives More Than .25 Million for Sandy Response

World Renew is one of eight organizations to receive grants this month from the American Red Cross for Super-storm Sandy response. World Renew has been awarded $257,500 to fund volunteer assessment activities for long- term recovery committees in Sandy-related response areas. The assessments will help identify the most vulnerable people who are still in need of assistance in some areas of New York, New Jersey, and Maryland. “World Renew DRS has been very active in Sandy response on the East Coast since the storm hit last October,” says Bill Adams, director of Disaster Response Services (DRS). “This grant will go a long way toward helping people get the assistance they need to start to put their lives back together.”

Mar 25, 2013 by Beth Degraff

Super-storm Sandy Update

Super-storm Sandy ravaged the eastern coast of the United States, claiming the lives of 72 people, damaging a half-million homes, and causing more than $70 billion in damage. World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) has been responding to this devastating disaster since it happened.

Mar 8, 2013 by Adele Konyndyk

Chicago Volunteers Reach Out to Tornado-affected Families in Alabama

Orland Park Christian Reformed Church (CRC) in Illinois has been sending volunteers to serve with World Renew’s Disaster Response Services program for several years—and many lives have been blessed as a result of this ministry.

Jan 31, 2013 by Bill Adams

The Work of Hurricane Sandy Recovery

After Super Storm Sandy tore through New Jersey on October 29 of last year, World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) responded quickly by sending volunteers to conduct early assessments and help with the massive cleanup effort.  World Renew also started working with FEMA and local partners to plan for long-term recovery, which included making arrangements to start sending World Renew DRS volunteers to the affected area to assess unmet needs.

Dec 13, 2012 by Beth Degraff

Hurricane Sandy Support from Love INC in Hudsonville, Michigan

Love INC in Hudsonville received donated items at their drop-off site on Van Buren Avenue throughout the month of November. The items will soon be headed to a World Renew Hurricane Sandy response site in New York or New Jersey where residents who are in the most need will receive the donated food, cleaning, supplies, and diapers to help them move down the road to recovery after the late October super-storm.