Summery of CC Houston Relief Effort
Scope of relief operation
One of the first things we needed to do was develop a web site to coordinate giving & dispensing of relief information to various church’s. John Snoderly was able to set this up on the first day and is maintaining the site.
Setup relief operation room:
Once the water went down we were able to work with members of Ron’s staff & set up a specific operations room to run the relief efforts. Doing this kept the relief work from disrupting CCH’s regular church operations.
I invited Doug Hoffman from a CC in San Antonio to assist me in this endeavor. Being that Doug knows Ron & has prior experience in relief work, Ron asked Doug to run point and Doug has committed to do so for up to 2 months.
We were able to contact Mercy Chefs and set up a feeding center in the parking lot. Meals are being provided for the communities around the church and the teams that come in to serve. Average meals per day (8-12 thousand).
Water- non-perishables & other needed resources for the flood victims:
A drop off center was set up at the church where residents could drop-off
needed items. We were able to contact many agencies that sent truckloads of needed items as well. All these items are stockpiled in a resource center where victims can come and receive whatever they need from 9:AM – 1:PM everyday. CCH staff oversees this.
The tools, masks, gloves etc… that are needed for mucking out houses have
been purchased and are set out for the teams each day. We need to get more of these tools & items each week. CCH has staff overseeing this.
Receiving & Coordinating teams:
The teams that sign up to serve through the website are contacted by staff and assisted in setting up a time to serve. More than a dozen church’s have committed to come over the next 3-4 weeks & many more are calling for info throughout the day. Cameron from CCH oversees this.
Around 20-30 people help with the meals each day. Around 10 people talk with people & pray with people while they eat. Around 20-30 people muck out houses each day. Around 20-30 people help receiving & dispensing resources each day. All of Ron’s staff of 20 are working on relief at this point.
Hotels do have limited rooms. Some teams are using hotels, others are hosted at the church in a children’s ministry wing. Ron has his staff overseeing this. Adam from CCH oversees this.
CCH is temporally using people from their church to run the needed errands each day. They also help get the teams put into the field where needed. The vans that are needed to move teams around, are in route & a transportation team has ben formed. We were able to find two good deals on vans out of the area. Those deals are currently being put together & drivers are being lined up to pick them up. Lynn from CCH is overseeing all this.
Social media & PR:
Everyday information is updated & pushed out through several media forums. Frank from CCH oversees this. Graphics - signage – shirts – church resources – Bibles etc… Daniel from CCH oversees this.
Follow up on the community that we have helped:
Each day a team goes out to the community to follow up with the families we helped the previous day. This team also follows up with people from the church that call in with any needs related to the disaster.
CCH day care center:
CCH owns a building around the corner from their property where they operate a day care center. They were also using this property for children’s ministry on Sundays & Wednesday’s being that the church’s children’s ministry wing has been under construction. This 3,000 square foot property took on almost 2 feet of water and needs lots of work. We brought in two contractors to itemize the work needed. This would be a good project to prioritize. RON from CCH is overseeing this.
After being exposed to many relief efforts, I think this is one of the more effective works that I have seen after the first week of setting up. I attribute much of this to the quality of Ron’s leadership and his staff’s ability to step up and get things done in very trying circumstances. I’m not sure how long they will be in relief mode, but I’m sure they will be able and willing to host teams as long as teams are willing to come.
Pastor Lance Cook CC La Habra
I wanted to give you an update on the relief work in CC Houston.
Since Wednesday we have been very busy. Mercy Chefs are feeing 4-5K meals a day. They are set up on the church parking lot.
Teams have been coming in and mucking out houses (40 to date).
CC Houston and their staff have done an amazing job in responding.
Doug Hoffman from CC SanAntonio is going to stay here and run point on the relief efforts. He and his wife July have committed to 6-8 weeks.
Plenty of money is coming in. 12 teams have signed up for the next 2-3 weeks. We have lined in lots of resources (food - toiletries -cleaning supplies tools etc).
Items we are trying to discuss & finalize today:
Purchasing two vehicles - one 15 pass van - 1 full size truck.
CC Houston’s 3,000 foot daycare facility was flooded, so the are looking to renovate with skilled carpenter’s that come in.
Mercy Chefs may pull staff out on Saturday so we will be needing staff. Looking at setting up bulk food connections today.
The bonding between each other that happens in disasters is powerful. You begin as strangers but with a few days of working alongside people the bond of Christ becomes an evident work of the Spirit! @mamamcnj @ronhindt @juliehoff_ @givingchildrenhope
Dear Calvary Family
Along with tens of thousands of homes needing our help, there is a great need of vehicles to get the teams around town. Specifically for at least two 12-15 passenger vans to transport teams and for at least 2 trucks to move the tools and equipment. If you can loan a vehicle for 2-3 months or donate it to CC Houston it would greatly help.
If you can help with this please contact Lynn Colby at CC Houston (832)-274-0933
Yesterday CC Houston served 4,000 meals and are expecting that number to grow as the word spreads. They are equipped for 10,000 meals a day.
This disaster in Texas will certainly result in the salvation and blessing of many as we reach out.
May the Lord Bless you and your fellowship as you care for others
The CCA Council