Hurricane Harvey Response
Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas Gulf Coast in August of 2017. Trinity’s Sunday School building was flooded and badly damaged, and tens of thousands of homes in the communities around us were flooded to depths of five feet or more.
Only days after the storm EFCA Crisis Response partnered with Trinity Fellowship in Friendswood, Texas to be the hands and feet of Jesus. They helped us make our flooded building livable, and then brought in teams of volunteers from all over the country to live in our building and rebuild home Friendswood, Dickinson, and League City and Houston.
Reach global crisis response has provided marvelous staff people for the last two years of our Friendswood response. These have included
Kat Welch, our site leader for the first two years, now heading up the ministry’s trauma care
Sarah Davis, our current site leader, who first came to Friendswood in 2017 as an ordinary volunteer.
Victoria Davis, Sarah’s older sister, who served until summer 2019
David Jackson, a longtime member of our church who joined the response full time as soon as he finished rebuilding his own flooded house.
Kerry and Sheila Jeska, who got to Friendswood in mid-2019.
At this point we have hundreds of volunteers from dozens of states. They have given up their vacations and school breaks to gut, hang sheet-rock, mud and sand, texture and paint, then install flooring, trim and appliances for homeowners. Many dozens of homes have been fully or partially rebuilt.
But the need is still great. It no longer makes the news, but the truth there are still hundreds of homes in our area which need help. Often these are the homes of people who have the greatest need, whose age, disabilities or financial distress have kept them from rebuilding so far. We hope to continue housing teams into 2020 to make a difference for more people before the response is over.