Over the past year, (SHDR) Servant’s Heart Disaster Relief has been partnering with (ARDF) Anglican Relief and Development Fund to support their response following hurricane Ida in Louisiana and the tornado in Kentucky.
Ida hit the gulf in late August devastating the coast. We delivered a trailer of supplies to Trinity LaFayette and have stayed in contact with ARDF and the churches of the West Gulf Coast Diocese. They can support work teams to help replace sheetrock, siding, and other home repairs. We are looking for volunteers from the ADoSC to fly to New Orleans for a week to work on damaged homes. The West Gulf Coast Diocese will support us with housing, food, tools, and building materials. We would leave on a Saturday and come back the next Saturday. We are looking for teams of 6-12 people, team leaders with construction experience, age 18+, caring and willing to work and learn. (We can support youth groups ages 14+ with approved youth leaders). We will look to put teams together for March 5-12, March 19-26, April 9-16, and April 23-30. The cost is $500 and individuals can pay, get support from friends, their local church and request funding thru SHDR/ARDF. The covid requirements to flying are proof of being fully vaccinated. We will check temperatures each morning.
We have also visited Dawson Springs Kentucky after the tornado. Hundreds of mostly rental homes are gone with families living with relatives or a State Park hotel for several more months. Habitat for Humanity is working with Dawson Springs to plan home builds. It may be 6 months or longer before they start construction and we will let you know when we can start sending teams. We would fly to Nashville rent a car and drive to Madisonville, 20 miles from Dawson Springs. Tools, supplies and would be lead by HoH.
The monetary response from our Diocese has been great after these disasters. We can now respond in person. To have volunteers come and help after everyone else has left is moving for families who are still struggling.
Jesus came to serve, we are now his hands and feet.
Servant’s Heart Disaster Relief
Stephen Haynsworth, Director
Disaster Relief Coordinator, ADOSC
3148 Bohicket Road, Johns Island, SC 29455