Hurricane Debby

Hurricane Debby

UCC Disaster Recovery in Suwannee Valley, north Florida
with the Columbia/Suwannee Counties Long Term Recovery Committee

"Tropical Storm Debby in north Florida.  Video minutes 1:14 - 5:17

In June of 2012, Tropical Storm Debby inundated north Florida causing overflowing rivers and immense flooding in rural areas.  Local volunteers responded powerfully.  NOW is the time for long-term disaster recovery repair and rebuilding.  Volunteer groups needed THIS SUMMER and FALL.


Contact:  Rosy Gottschalk, United Way
Phone:  386.752.5604 ext. 106

Florida Conference UCC groups welcome others to join them May 25 - June1 and June 22-29, 2013.  Additional groups are needed throughout the summer and fall.

Work Needed:  Repair/Rebuild homes.  Roofing is especially pertinent.  Mobile homes need to be re-set on their foundations.  Sheet rocking, painting, and other interior work also needed.

Time:  May through August, 2013 and September through October, 2013.  Choose your dates.

Group Size:  30 maximum

One in Eight:  Each group should include a ratio of at least 1:8 of skilled construction persons able to coordinate and teach others for each group.  Long Term Recovery committee provides general Construction Coordinator and materials.  Case Manage r also will work closely with groups.

Minimum Age:  18 years for roof-work; 16 years for interior and ground-work.

Accommodations:  Housing for groups provided at local church in Lake City, FL, arranged through United Way Volunteer Coordinator.  Cots and kitchen access provided.  Groups bring own bedding and prepare own meals.  Showers, bathrooms, and lounge room for meetings available in church building.

Tools:  Groups should bring standard carpentry tools (hammers and cordless screw drivers, etc.)  No special tools will be required.  A majority of the work will be done on mobile homes.  Specific questions can be directed to the Volunteer Coordinator upon registration.

Cost:  $10/day/person or $50/week/person.  Costs for case management, building materials, tools, and construction supervision provided through the local long-term recovery committee.  Your donations to UCC One Great Hour of Sharing® help make possible the local work of the Long-Term Recovery Committee.

Education Components:

    • Preparation for the Trip:  "Mission Trips That Matter" by Don C. Richter, Upper Room Books.
    • On-Site Reflection:  "Meeting God in the Ruins:  Devotions for Disaster Volunteers"  Copies will be provided at group housing site.  Additional free copies may be ordered from the Evangelical Luthern Church in America by calling 800.638.3522 ext. 2580.
    • Follow Up Action:  

If you would like to order a Disaster/Volunteer Ministries T-shirt, simply click HERE.

Contact Info

Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115