South Central Conference Disaster Ministry - New Orleans

December 15, 2008

December 2008 update by the South Central Conference on the damage created by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST DISASTER RESPONSE
South Central Conference - New Orleans

Rebuilding Homes-Rebuilding Hope 

Christmas is the most magical time of the year and one of the most special Holy Days of the Christian Church when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.  The miracle and magic of Christmas gives every Christian hope.  Regardless of the earthly situation one is entagled in, Christmas transcends all situations to exude love and hope to everyone.  Hope is one thing that is very much in demand in New Orleans.  Nearly every day a person calls this office seeking assistance rebuilding their home.  Tim Fonderlin, our construction manager and myself recently visited a home that seemed absent of hope.  As we approached the house, remnants of the blue tarp from Katrina flapped in the breeze on the roof.  Windows were boarded up from this season of hurricanes.  Inside there was evidence of water coming in each time it rained in at least a half dozen places.  The owner is living in the house with small children.  Until a roof is put on, the extent of interior damage cannot be assessed.  As Tim and I measured the roof and visited with the homeowner, she was brought to tears on several occasions.  She didn't think she would ever receive assistance.  She felt hopeless.  Hope, that is the most important thing this ministry brings to every homeowner, the everlasting and eternal magic and mystery of our faith in Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.  Blessings to you and your family this Christmas Season.  May you enjoy and savor the hope of the world.  Rev. Alan Coe, Minister for Disaster Recovery

847 -

Houses cleaned out 

27 -

Rebuild projects completed

3920 -

Volunteers

343 -

Groups

$1,862,000.00 -

Value of labor added 

HOPE to a family -

priceless

 

Beecher Memorial Update:  Reconstruction work has been in progress at Beecher.  The rough in wiring, plumbing and HVAC work are being completed.  A burglar and fire alarm system will be installed.  Our hope is to have a working burglar alarm around Christmas time to prevent further break ins. Then rough in inspections can take place so walls may be insulated and sheetrock installed on all the walls.  Work progresses as the church has funds.  For the church, this will be a long term rebuild effort.

 

 

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