Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Grants help continue Hurricane Katrina rebuilding efforts.

Two grants from the Church of the Brethren's Emergency Disaster Fund have been given to the Hurricane Katrina rebuilding efforts of Brethren Disaster Ministries. A grant of $30,000 continues funding of work at the Hurricane Katrina Rebuilding Site 2 in Pearl River, La., and a grant of $30,000 continues funding for Rebuilding Site 4 in Chalmette, La. The money helps feed, house, transport, and support the Brethren volunteers that travel to Louisiana, as well as provides tools and materials.

In an update on the work of Brethren Disaster Ministries, the staff report that volunteers are sought for the rebuilding project in Rushford, Minn., following flooding this past August. The program “is looking for some hardy people who aren't afraid of a little snow and cold weather to work on homes this winter so that displaced flood survivors can occupy their homes this spring,” said the update. “We have project directors who are willing to go, but we need workers!” For the remainder of the winter, the project will operate on a week-by-week basis as volunteers are available. Group size is limited to 15 volunteers. Most work is inside buildings where furnaces are running. Work may include insulation, drywall, flooring, cabinets, and painting. To volunteer, contact Zach Wolgemuth at 410-259-6194 or 800-451-4407 ext. 9.

“Brethren Disaster Ministries wishes to thank all who have played a part in Katrina recovery,” the update said. “Your continued participation is essential to the restoration of hope in the Gulf Coast. Together we are spreading the love of Christ to so many desperate people.”

Source: 01/02/2008 Newsline

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