Thursday, August 27, 2009

ALERT Working

The Air Land Emergency Resource Team is currently working away at our house on Manor Way. We're excited to have them back again.

Please pass along our information to anyone you think would be interested in helping in Galveston. We've helped more than 125 homeowners, but there are still hundreds of homes in the area that need assistance, and we can't do it without you.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Finishing Up the Summer

We have another ALERT team back with us this week, and we're happy to have them back! I can't believe it is already August 26th. Our summer has flown by so quickly, and we have some much to show for it.

In the next few weeks we are going to try to finish up work in La Porte, Tx. If you can help or know someone who can, especially on Saturdays, please let us know!

Thanks for all you do

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

TEDRD Takes a Break

Josie, Omar, Andy, and Chris have all finished their internships and the rest of Texas Episcopal Disaster Relief and Development is taking a much needed break as the summer comes to a close.

However, we're still looking to schedule groups in September and beyond. Let Luke know if you can make a trip to help rebuild homes.

713.252.9693 or

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Ms. Sallie turns 100 and moves home!

Today we celebrated Ms. Sallie's 100th birthday. Her home was the first rebuild that we started. She had hired a contractor who took her money and left town. But we came in to clean up his mess, and after tons of sweat from volunteers around the country, Ms. Sallie is back in her home to celebrate a century of life.

Thank you to everyone who was involved, Ms. Sally could not stop saying "Thank you" for the few minutes we spent with her, and I know her family is very grateful for your efforts as well.

Below are the final shots of her home. If you would like to see more photos, visit

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Thanks ALERT!

The Air Land Emergency Resource Team left this morning, but we hope to have them back soon. They were probably our most skilled and most productive group we have had! Not to mention how well mannered and clean this group of young men was.
We had a hard time even keeping up with them as they moved three projects to edge of completion.
Thanks ALERT, come back soon!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

William Temple Center Gets New Floor!

The William Temple Episcopal Center finally has a new floor. After work from several groups to tear up the old carpet, sand the floors, and lay down the new laminate (in addition to repairing the support beams under the building), WTEC has a beautiful new floor.
Thanks to everyone who helped and donated to this cause. WTEC now has a much needed face lift to start the new school year.
To check out more photos of WTEC go to

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Here to Help

Just a couple days ago, an elderly woman named Ms. Viola walked into our office looking for help. She has been living in her flood damaged home since the storm without any money or any idea of how to fix her home.

Her husband has cancer, and her two children are both in cramped temporary housing on the island with her grandchildren. She has been in touch with a couple organizations before she came to TEDRD, but the process is slow and requires lots of paperwork.

Walking with a limp and complaining of hip pain, Ms. Viola has tired eyes. More than 10 months after Hurricane Ike, her life is stilll spinning with the chaos of the storm.

Ms. Viola tells us that another one of our homeowners referred her to us. Maggie takes down her information, schedules an appointment to view her home, and we begin to work on her case.

But as she hobbles out of our office, I can't help but wonder how many more people like her are waiting for help.

Who else is still breathing in the mold every day and night? Who else had worked their entire lives to own a home, only to have it wiped away at a time when they can no longer work? Who else is walking around with those tired, tear-filled eyes? Who else needs help?

We're certain that Ms. Viola will see her home repaired soon, but its the forgotten people out there that keep us going.

Its easy for us to enjoy the beach life on an island sometimes, but its when you look into the eyes of someone so helpless that you realize we don't exist independently of each other in this world. It takes a helping hand and the sacrifice of a few hours of your life to change someone else's in a profound way.

And that's why we're here to help.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Today, ALERT started working on rebuilding homes in Galveston. ALERT stands for Air Land Emergency Resource Team. A group of 20 strapping young lads came down from Longview, Tx after some intensive disaster response boot camp. We're very excited to have them here for more than a week!

Hopefully we will be able to keep up with these young men and have plenty of work for them to do. Thanks ALERT! We're looking forward to your work.

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