IOCC Responds After the Storm

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IOCC Frontliners were the first group to offer emotional and spiritual care at the George R. Brown Convention Center shelter in downtown Houston. As the situation has changed, efforts shifted to include response in Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Galveston. In all, 20 Frontliners have served in the area.

The IOCC Emergency Response Van, staff, Orthodox Action Team leaders, and volunteers remain on the ground, where over 40 homes have been cleared of damaged items and debris (“mucked out”) since 9/4. In all, more than 100 IOCC volunteers have worked in Texas; IOCC volunteers continue to rotate in service and are collaborating with NECHAMA and Disaster Recovery Support Initiative (DRSI) volunteers. Assessments and muck outs are ongoing.

IOCC has worked with partners, including Church World Service, Good360, United Methodist Committee on Relief, and Rotary, to deliver items worth over $200,000. Items included clean-up buckets, hygiene kits, dental supplies, mattresses, and bedding. More commodities will be delivered in the coming weeks.

Important information for volunteers:
Please download this packet of information for details about your deployment.

How Can You Help?

  1. Pray for those who affected by the storm and IOCC’s Frontliners as they support people in tremendous need
  2. Contribute a financial gift below to IOCC’s Hurricane Harvey Response Fund enabling us to react quickly and effectively to the many needs in the region
  3. Download a poster to display in your parish. Click here for an 11" x 17" poster.
  4. Create clean up buckets, Our supply of clean up buckets has been depleted at our warehouse, please consider creating clean up buckets and shipping to our warehouse for distribution. Instructions on creating and shipping kits here: iocc.org/kits. With expectations of a busy hurricane season, we are aiming to be able to respond as quickly and effectively to areas of need as they arise.
  5. Volunteer to be trained as a member of one of our Emergency Action Teams and help when clean up begins
  6. Share all this info on Facebook

Thanks to USA Today, KTTC and StarTribune for mentioning IOCC.

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