The Long term Goals for the Tornado Recovery office are to help families return to a “new normal” through empowerment and through the advocacy and allocation of resources. When it comes to construction, they seek to ensure safe, secure, and sanitary housing built with materials and techniques that are reflective of the church’s belief to care for all of creation.
The Alabama-West Florida UMC Tornado Recovery Office (TRO) led by Charles Walters, has been hard at work responding in the north western portion of our conference since not long after the devastating April tornadoes. They have been working in Choctaw, Clarke, Hale, Marengo, Sumter, Washington and Greene counties with several families in each county. Their involvement has included a mix of case management, funding, partnerships, material donations, assessment, and coordinating volunteer rebuilding teams based on the needs in each location.
The TRO is partnering with HERO (Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Organization) to assist with their leadership in recovery. HERO is currently rebuilding 4 homes that were destroyed by the April storms. This is just one of the organizations the TRO has partnered with to make a difference for the people who were affected by the disaster. The families our church is reaching out to are those who have nowhere else to turn because of a lack of insurance, low income, or some other reason.
If your church would like to participate with the rebuilding efforts by sending a volunteer reconstruction team, please contact Charles Walters at firstname.lastname@example.org or 205-609-7798.