United Church of Christ


Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection (DOOR) (Miami)

Contact: DOOR Program National Office

See listing for DOOR programs in entry under national office in Denver, Colorado.

E-Mail:  DOOR@DOORnetwork.org  
Phone:303.295.3667                                                                                                                                                                               Fax number 303.892.6106
Web site: www.dornetwork.org/locations
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/doornetwork

See listing for DOOR programs in entry under national office in Denver, Colorado.

DOOR is an urban learning and service program.

Groups experience the city and learn about it through volunteering at a variety of community agencies already present in the community, including soup kitchens and homeless shelters.  Groups stay at facilities in the city, hear a local perspective on the city, use public transportation when available, interact with people of the city and reflect on their experiences.  

DOOR locations nationwideCalifornia (Hollywood/Los Angeles); Colorado (Denver)Georgia (Atlanta), Illinois (Chicago), and Florida (Miami).

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 Disaster Recovery -Northwest Florida

Contact:  Volunteer Coordinator for Volusia Interfaith Agencies Networking in Disasters (VIND)
E-Mail:  volunteercoordinator@floridavind.org
Phone:  850.443.2996
website: www.floridavind.org

The Disaster Event:  Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida on Sept. 10, 2017 with record-force winds and storm surges. The storm then continued north to Georgia and South Carolina. Millions of people in Florida evacuated or moved to approved shelters before the storm hit. The storm caused extensive damage. Hurricane Matthew hit the same areas in October 2016. Hurricane Matthew passed just offshore Volusia County, Fla., on Oct. 7, 2016, and inflicted tremendous damage. Dozens of homes were destroyed and hundreds suffered major damage, with more than $600 million in estimated losses.

Project/Focus:  Repair/Rebuild homes. Roofing, gutting interiors, replacing insulation, siding, drywall repair and painting, flooring and other interior work as needed.

Educational/Advocacy 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" Free copies may be ordered from
         the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by calling 800.638.3522 ext. 2580 (ISBN 6-0001-6788-1); pay shipping         only.
  •     Follow-Up Action:  Help your local community prepare for possible disaster and response.  Be sure your
        congregation has a plan in case of local disaster (View sample plan).  Get to know your UCC Conference Disaster
        Coordinator and stay involved.

Accommodations: Housing for groups provided at local churches in the county; this is arranged through VIND. Beds and/or cots and kitchen access provided. Groups bring own bedding and prepare own meals. (Some meals may be provided by local churches.) Showers, bathrooms, and lounge room for meetings available in church buildings. FMI, visit www.unioncongochurch.com.

Cost:  $12/day/person. Less for groups over 12. 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.

Minimum Age:  16 years

Group Size:  24 Maximum

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:4 Each group should include a ration of at least 1 adult to every 4 youths.  Long Term Recovery committee provides general Construction Coordinator and materials through VIND, who will provide construction and volunteer scheduling, coordination and housing arrangement in Volusia County. 

Tools:  Groups should bring standard carpentry tools (hammers and cordless screw drivers, etc.) No special tools will be required.  Specific questions can be directed to VIND Volunteer Coordinators upon registration. 4 UCC Tool trailers are in service and 1 from VIND

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Tallahassee Fuller Center for Housing (Tallahassee, Florida)

Contact: Sharon Tarver-Evans, Registrar for U.S. Builds
               701 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
               Americus, GA  31719
E-Mail:     starver@fullercenter.org
Phone:     229.924.2900    *Fax:  844-645-3485
Website:  http://www.americus-sumterfullercenter.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/americussumterfch
Register on-line:  https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=fullercenter&id=31

The Fuller Center for Housing faith-driven and Christ-centered, promotes collaborative and innovative partnerships with individuals and organizations in an unrelenting quest to provide adequate shelter for all people in need worldwide.

Projects/Focus: Building new and repairing existing homes working with families in need.  The exact projects will be determined close to group arrival and based upon the progress of previous accomplishments of our volunteers and available resources.

Educational/Advocacy Components: Each group will receive an orientation about the community they will be serving.  This will include a discussion about poverty housing in the area, and the economic benefit of our “hand up-not a handout” approach and how this builds a Fund for Humanity recycling homeowner payments to serve other people in need in the community.  Churches do mission work by empowering the people they serve.

Time:  Spring, summer and fall

Group Size:  5-20

Minimum Age: 18+ years.  Open for colleges and churches.  Skilled work site supervision.

Accommodations:  Lodging will be at a large church on cots with shower facilities and a large recreational facility.  Indoor basketball courts, racquetball, and workout rooms are part of the recreational facilities at the church.  Tallahassee Fuller Center will provide a continental breakfast each day, along with lunch at the work site and 2 dinners during the week.  We do not have a kitchen facility but many wonderful reasonable dinning establishments are close by for any dinners that may not be covered.

Cost:  $125 per person

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