Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Keep on Keepin' on

The God Squad from California and First Baptist- Hewitt are putting in some great work this week as several homes get some much needed attention.

So much love and care has been put into the work this week, and the homeowners are so grateful. On Monday, one of our homeowners, Mr. Stevenson, broke down in tears thanking FBC-Hewitt for just showing up. Just a few hours can really help change peoples' lives. Both the volunteers and homeowners come away better people.

If you know anyone who would like to help out in rebuilding homes this Fall, please send Luke Blount an email at or call at 713.252.9693. We are so thankful for your help, and we couldn't do anything without volunteer support.

Monday, July 27, 2009

New Crews

This week we have one group from the San Francisco Bay Area, and we also have a group from Luke's hometown of Hewitt, Tx (outside of Waco). First Baptist Hewitt made the short trek to help rebuild homes as well!

We're still looking for volunteers at the end of August and into the Fall. Contact Luke Blount at if you or someone you know is interested. Thanks!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Murphy and Baby

So Holly Rankin Zaher, one of the leaders from Nashville brought her 7 month old son Basil with her. Today, 6 month old Murphy and Basil became friends. See evidence below.

Basil and Murphy

About to get a kiss


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Working Hard

St. Columba's - Washington D.C. and our two churches from Nashville, Tn have been working hard all week.

The Nashville groups took the afternoon off today to visit NASA! A couple people on staff were tempted to tag along, but there is still a ton of work to do.

If you guys know anyone who could help out with volunteering from August on, please let me know at


Monday, July 20, 2009

Tennessee and D.C.

Happy 40th anniversary of landing on the moon!

Today St. George's and Good Shepherd of Nashville, Tn and St. Columba's of Washington D.C. started working. The Tennesse groups went to Mr. Stevenson's home to work on some floors while D.C. helped at the William Temple Center with some staining and worked at Mr. Smith's doing some flooring.

21 people in all this week from far away locations, and we're happy to have them here!

If you know anyone looking to do some volunteer work at the end of this summer or into the Fall, direct them to our website at or tell them to contact Luke Blount at or by phone ar 713.252.9693.


Thursday, July 16, 2009

St. Aug's Makes Dinner

Tuesday night, several folks from St. Augustine's in Galveston cooked a superb dinner for our volunteers in a gesture of thanks to St. Luke's - Denison and Emmanuel - San Angelo.

I know the staff loved the meal as did the volunteers. Many were interested to hear the stories of island residents who were here during the storm, and there was great fellowship over dinner.

Thanks, St. Aug's!

The Wonderful St. Aug's Crew

Our Great (and very full) Volunteers from St. Luke's and Emmanuel.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Living the High Life

Since the first day construction intern Omar arrived, he has been poked fun at because of his glasses. In the beginning, they were taped up and scratched. Then he had to super glue them together. And finally, one of the arms of the glasses broke off, leaving him with 2/3 of what used to be decent glasses.

But last week, the good folks at St. Christopher's - League City took up a collection to get Omar a new eye exam and a good pair of glasses. Omar was so excited not only because he didn't have to hear the jokes and answer the questions, but because he would be able to see!

To top it off, Jim Hammond and Charles Scott of St. Chris took the entire TEDRD staff out sailing on Sunday! Thanks St. Chris!

Jim and Captain Omar in his new glasses!

Great Work!

TEDRD would like to offer thanks to Good Sheperd - Dallas, Christ Episcopal - Nacodoches, and St. Christopher's - League City. What great work you guys did for us!

Below you will find some of the photos from their trips. More can be found at

Lisa from St. Chris working away at Mr. Keyes's

Nacodoches painting at Stephanie's

John from Good Shepherd at Stephanies, too.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

"Window Faith"

Today, Maggie and I met with a new homeowner, Ms. Johnson, who was looking for help with her electrical work and plumbing. The rest of her home was close to finished. Her contractor was a neighbor that grew up in her neighborhood and genuinely cared about the work he was doing for her. He searched scraps and surpluses to find beautiful tile and cabinetry to put in her home.

As Ms. Johnson tells us about how lucky she is to have him, she almost bursts into tears. She then tells us that her son is in the military and he and his military buddies raised money to purchase a stove and television for her. Again, Ms. Johnson can hardly tell us the story without breaking into tears.

Ms. Johnson tells us story after story about how her faith in God has brought her through these tough times and how He has provided for her. She tells us September 11 now has a completely different meaning for her as that is the date she evacuated the island and left her possesions to the ravages of Hurricane Ike.

"My car was Iked," she said. As soon as she said this, I new I would also use Ike as a verb for the rest of my life. Much friendlier than other 4-letter words, but perhaps with a much harsher meaning. However, again, Ms. Johnson was able to get a car from her youngest son that was completely paid off.

"God has opened up windows, for me," Ms. Johnson said. "Some people like to say that God opens up doors, but I've got a lot more windows than doors, and God has opened them up."

Ms. Johnson is living in Texas City with a friend, but in the past few months she says windows keep opening in her life to shine the light. Episcopal Disaster Relief hopes to open one last window for Ms. Johnson by providing the funds for electrical and plumbing work.

"Some people have door faith," she says "but I have my window faith, and I'm happy with that."

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

St. Christopher's - League City

St. Chris's crew is currently working diligently to try to finish up the homes of Ms. Sally and Mr. Keyes. What a wonderful group of volunteers to work with!

Tonight, we have a youth group from Good Shepherd in Dallas that will work through the weekend. And tomorrow, a group from Nacodoches will arrive.

We're steadily pushing along, but we need help this fall. If you or someone you know can come down for a few days at the end of August and on into Fall, please get in contact with Luke Blount at 713.252.9693 or

Monday, July 6, 2009

St. Christopher's Back Again

St. Christopher's - League City has started yet another trip to Galveston. As one of our most frequent groups, we are excited to see them here again. Hopefully they will be able to put the finishing touches two or three homes this week!

Additionally, we would like to say thank you to the Youth Groups from Houston and Austin! Here's a few photos from their trip last week. For more, visit

Working at Mr. Stevenson's

Flooring at Mr. Smith's

Sanding at Stephanie's

Friday, July 3, 2009

Another House Done!

This week, Emmanuel - Houston finished a home that they had been working on since September 2008. The home which belonged to Carol Freeman of St. Augustine's - Galveston was a project headed up by Deacon Gill Keyworth of Emmanuel.

Members of Emmanuel Episcopal worked over 1,000 hours to gut, repair, and rebuild the home, and the homeowner moved back in this week!

What a wonderful accomplishment by such a caring community of volunteers! Thanks Emmanuel - Houston!
Homeowner Carol Freeman (center) and volunteers moving furniture back home!

Deacon Gill Keyworth

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