Texas Annual Conference Disaster Response continued to respond to past disasters, and in preparation for what may come. We could not have accomplished it without our collaborative partners, including Hope Disaster Recovery, The Restoration Team, Southwest Houston United Responds, and 4-B.Home Repair Program: Repaired 232 homes in 13 counties with $1,783,600 in funding, thanks to our many partners.
Additionally, we rolled out the Help at Long Last program, funded by UMCOR in the amount of $350,000 to repair 35 Hurricane Harvey damaged homes during the first half of 2023. Finally, the Safe and Healthy Homes campaign totaling $50,000 got under way to make “honey-do” repairs to 50 homes of the elderly and disabled.Donations/Hunger Relief Program: We received and distributed basic needs, including food, appliances, cleaning products, sanitation products, personal care kits, etc. valued at over $750.000 to 75 organizations and congregations in 12 counties, and 3 parishes.
Covid Relief: Assisted 63 families with rental assistance (to avoided eviction), utility assistance, and food assistance. Additionally, we concluded an 18-month-long campaign to make the vaccine available to over 20,000 individuals living in low-income housing projects.Disaster Readiness Program (Texas Congregational Disaster Readiness.org): Trained over 500 participants for 770 hours on 11 facets of disaster response. Additionally, UMCOR provided Early Response Training (ERT) to 18 volunteers. Assembled 12 Muck, Gut, and Tarp kits, valued at $890 each.
Congregation...skilled volunteers to help make home repairs. Schedule disaster readiness training so the congregation will be ready to respond effectively after a disaster.