Disciples Volunteering is now supporting recovery efforts in Texas across the Harvey-impact area and continuing to plan for the long-term (yes, it will take years). It is difficult to overstate the size and scope of this disaster. Impacted communities stretch for over 300 miles. Nearly 900,000 households have registered for federal assistance. Disciples response will remain fluid for the foreseeable future. Please watch this page for details, reach out to Josh Baird, follow Disciples Volunteering’s facebook page, and sign-up for “Disaster Recovery News” email updates.
The schedule to serve in Texas is 80% full through early August, with the biggest gaps in late April and early May. Thanks to everyone who has registered to help! Most of these teams will be based out of First Christian Church, Texas City, TX. The current plan is to stay in Texas City through the end of the year, although that could change as we seek to be responsive to communities as their recovery organizations come together.
If you are looking to make a mission trip during a time when the schedule in Texas is full, please consider serving with a community recovering from a low-attention disaster which is also in need of help.
Housing will be as with past mission stations. Sleeping space is provided in a local congregation, you will be required to bring your own air mattress and bedding. Kitchen space will be made available for groups to prepare their own meals. Showers will be on site.
Mission teams with youth must have at least 1 adult for every 5 youth. We cannot accept registration for youth under the age of 14. Some recovery work is restricted, by our partners, to youth 16 and above, so it is possible that younger youth may have to work on different (non-disaster) work sites. If the ambiguity around this reality gives you pause, know that mission partners in Missouri, West Virginia, and Florida are all willing to discuss the possibilities for mixed-age groups (none can receive a middle school only team, but they have some flexibility). You can read about those opportunities here.
Costs for participating are like past responses: $25 /person is due to Disciples Home Missions in advance of your trip, as a non-refundable deposit to confirm your registration. An additional $50 / person is suggested as the appropriate donation to your host church. In addition, groups that can bring funds to offset the cost of materials used during your week will enable our resources to stretch farther and the recovery to reach more people – a donation of $1,000 / group is suggested. At this time it does not appear that a specific material fee will be required by our recovery partners but that hasn’t been decided definitively. If you have any questions about this, please contact Josh directly.
To reserve a week at a Harvey-response Texas Mission Station, please fill out the form here.