Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders now accepting volunteers in Texas & Louisiana

Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders now accepting volunteers in Texas & Louisiana

Registration is now open for individuals and teams wishing to volunteer with the Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders, who are working in east Texas to help victims of historic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey this summer. In fact, teams are already on the way.

The Disaster Rebuilders are working to set up multiple camps for volunteers, but the first teams will be hosted by Houston’s Clear Lake Presbyterian Church.

Disaster ReBuilders leader Bart Tucker reports that locals and volunteers have done an excellent job of rapidly addressing the most urgent need after floods like this — mucking out homes to remove wet drywall, flooring and anything else that could allow dangerous mold to grow and fester. This means they already can focus on the second step — repairing damaged homes.

The Disaster ReBuilders will continue to operate from their base in Denham Springs, Louisiana, where they are helping residents still dealing with the after-effects of historic flooding that hit much of the state in 2016.

Meanwhile, several Fuller Center covenant partners in Georgia and Florida expect to be partnering with families who have suffered wind damage from Hurricane Irma but cannot secure funding for repairs through insurance, government assistance or traditional means.

To learn more about the Disaster ReBuilders’ plans or to support The Fuller Center for Housing’s Disaster Recovery Fund, click one of the links below:

Disaster Rebuilders information

give to the disaster recovery fund

President Snell’s Sept. 14 update on disaster recovery:

Harvey update: Disaster ReBuilders prepping to bring in Fuller Center volunteer teams

Harvey update: Disaster ReBuilders prepping to bring in Fuller Center volunteer teams

The waters are receding in east Texas, and the waterlogged area is beginning to transition from emergency mode to the dirty, extensive work of long-term recovery. Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders leader Bart Tucker said Tuesday that his group anticipates having a base camp established soon in the Texas City area, where they hope to host volunteer teams as soon as possible — perhaps by the end of September.

This work comes on top of the disaster work the ReBuilders and the Ginger Ford Northshore Fuller Center for Housing is doing in Louisiana, which was hit with historic flooding in 2016. For now, the ReBuilders are needing people willing to sweat and get dirty mucking out homes hit hardest by flooding from Hurricane Harvey but will need their most skilled volunteers headed to their base in Denham Springs, Louisiana, to deal with ongoing recovery efforts there.

Fuller Center President David Snell was updated on the situation Tuesday morning and said that The Fuller Center for Housing will set up registration for volunteer teams to head to Texas as soon as possible.

“The waters are receding and leaving more hardship behind,” said Snell, who has worked alongside Fuller Center volunteers in Atlantic City after SuperStorm Sandy and in Louisiana, as well as in Haiti, Armenia and other places impacted by natural disasters. “Thousands of houses in the Houston area were flooded and will require that those houses be emptied so that damaged drywall and insulation can be removed. There is urgency in this as dangerous mold will quickly set in.

“The Fuller Center will be a part of this effort,” he continued. “Volunteer teams are lining up to help.  We have folks on the ground who are helping assess where our work will be most helpful, especially with poorer families who have no one else to turn to.  Things are moving quickly — we’ll have more updates soon.”

Be sure to follow The Fuller Center’s Facebook page for updates and to bookmark FullerCenter.org for news about volunteer efforts in east Texas.

More on Harvey and other work in our September update:

Give to the disaster recovery fund

United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries supports Fuller Center flood recovery in Louisiana

United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries supports Fuller Center flood recovery in Louisiana

(Photo: Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders Volunteer Coordinator Mary Glover with “Miss Elgie)

The Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders’ ongoing work to help Louisiana residents in the Livingston Parish area who are still dealing with the effects of last year’s historic flooding is getting a huge boost from the United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries. The Disaster ReBuilders are working to help residents who have been unable to get help repairing flood damage through conventional means — such as insurance, government assistance or access to fair lines of credit. Priority is given to the elderly, handicapped, veterans and single parent families.

The United Church of Christ’s website features an article on a 90-year-old woman who had to be rescued from the home where she lived alone during last year’s flood. Hers is the first home repaired with help from UCC volunteers.

Click here to read the complete article on the UCC website.

Want to volunteer with the Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders in Louisiana or have a team that would like to serve these families in need? Click here to learn more about the effort!

Disaster Rebuilders set up shop in Louisiana, encourage volunteers to join them

Disaster Rebuilders set up shop in Louisiana, encourage volunteers to join them

The Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders are a fiercely dedicated group. That dedication is leading them to their newest location in 2017: Denham Springs, Louisiana.

Located just east of Baton Rouge, Denham Springs is a small, rural community that was heavily impacted by the disastrous flooding of last August. Bart Tucker, head of Disaster ReBuilders, has observed the damage firsthand, noting that “homes often look fine from the exterior, but the inside would have been flooded with 2-4 feet of water. Drywall, flooring, cabinets, it’s all ruined. It was a hurricane-sized disaster, no question about that.”

“The number of folks that will meet our qualifications is the highest that we’ve seen since Hurricane Katrina, and in contrast the publicity this storm has received has been the lowest that we’ve ever experienced,” says Tucker. The group selected Denham Springs largely due to the fact that it hadn’t received much assistance in the aftermath of the storm.

“It was a hurricane-sized disaster, no question about that.” — Bart Tucker, Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders

Volunteers are set to arrive in Denham Springs on Feb. 19, and a local horse farm will host them. The farm’s bunkhouse can host 25 volunteers, has a fully equipped kitchen, a fellowship hall, and is surrounded by horses and beautiful scenery. Along with the horse farm opening its doors, Christ Community Church and South Walker Baptist Church are hosting volunteers, as well as cooking meals and supporting the teams during their time in Livingston Parish.

The relief effort will be taking place with the help of S.M.A.L.L Fuller Center, located in Walker, La., as well as Ginger Ford Northshore Fuller Center in Hammond. The Disaster ReBuilders have a track record of success working with Ginger Ford Northshore in the wake of disasters such as Hurricane Gustav (2008), Hurricane Katrina (2011) and Hurricane Isaac (2012).

If you are interested in serving with the Disaster ReBuilders in Denham Springs, more information and registration is available here.