More than 200 Local Teens to Spend Next Week Restoring More than 20 Homes Flooded in Hurricane Harvey
Houston, TX – From Sunday, June 17 through Thursday, June 22, more than 130 high school students, 70 middle school students, and 80 adults will participate in the annual SUMMIT local serving experience hosted by Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Memorial. Middle school volunteers will work with Loaves and Fishes, Magnificat House, and prepare health kits for the homeless, while high school volunteers will deploy to more than 20 homes in the Greater Fifth Ward that were flooded in Hurricane Harvey to help further the rebuild process for impacted neighbors and make their homes livable again.
Volunteers will gather at Chapelwood Sunday afternoon for fellowship and training, spend the first of four nights on campus, and deploy to mission sites Monday morning. High school teams will be installing insulation and sheetrock, repairing porches and stairs, painting, and performing property cleanup. Each night, all teams return to Chapelwood for dinner, energizing worship, and story sharing.
The families whose homes will be worked on will have opportunities to meet with volunteers next week and have been invited to a special dinner and program Thursday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Don Coleman Coliseum, 1050 Dairy Ashford in Houston, to honor them and pray for their continued recovery.
“We’re so excited and thankful to the students for the work they’ll be able to complete for these families and the significant progress made to these homes. There are still hundreds of families who need help and we hope to walk alongside them with future restoration teams,” said Trevor Barnett, Project Manager for Harvey Relief at Chapelwood.
Home sites were identified by Chapelwood’s Local Serving and Student Ministries in consultation with The Restoration Team, a post-Harvey collaboration of Chapelwood UMC, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.
“God shows up in impossible ways at SUMMIT, moves students and adults in their faith, and changes communities,” said Rev. Sarah Pattillo, Pastor of Student Ministries at Chapelwood. “These students serve and love in such tangible ways. Next week, they’ll hopefully be making a big enough impact to help these families move into a different stage in their recovery process.”
SUMMIT (“SUM-mer MI-ssion T-eam”), now in its thirteenth year, is an annual chance for teens to spend a week of their summer serving others in towns across Texas including San Marcos, Bullard, and Waco. After Hurricane Harvey hit, Chapelwood began planning SUMMIT 2018 for Houston and partnered with Foundry United Methodist Church, Pearl Academy, Northeast Next Door Redevelopment Council, Black Lives Matter HTX, All Hands and Hearts, and The Restoration Team, to make it happen.
After SUMMIT, Chapelwood UMC restoration teams will continue to work with the families and other volunteers in the coming months to further personal and community recovery efforts. For more information on rebuilding efforts with Chapelwood UMC, please contact Suzanne Harter, Director of Local Serving, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-827-3980.