Friday, July 30, 2010

Ms. Williams' Room Just About Done

Ms. Williams bedroom was in incredible disrepair when we started working on it at the beginning of this summer. But after some love and care, blood and sweat (literally) from our volunteers and staff, she has a beautful new room.

Below are before and after shots of her room. Thanks to everyone for your help! It looks spectacular!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Garcias and Camposes Moving Home!

Thanks to some incredible work from many, many volunteers, the Garcias and Camposes will soon move home.

The homes were both flooded when Offats Bayou topped its banks, and in just a few weeks time, volunteers have restored the damage.

Photos can be found on Facebook at Both families hopefully should move in this week!

Thanks to everyone who helped out! You guys really made a difference.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Summer Crews Getting It Done!

Last week, we enjoyed the services of three different youth groups. We had the help of St. Matt's - Austin, Emmanuel - San Angelo, and of course, the Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp.

These guys were terrific, and helped us on several sites. Thanks to their help, we are getting very close to moving the Campos and Garcia families home. And its exciting!

All three of these groups have made visits to Galveston before, so it was great to see familiar faces. Thanks guys! You all did a great job!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Help Us This Fall!

Our volunteer load looks like it is going to drop off significantly this Fall, but we still need YOU. If you can help us this Fall, and especially in September, contact Luke at or 713.252.9693.

If you can't help, call a friend to spread the word, or put out a tweet or facebook update about TEDRD. We really need more volunteers to make the most of our time left in Galveston.

We're relying on YOU to spread the word! Let everyone know they can come enjoy the beaches of Galveston and help some hurricane victims in the process!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Woodlands Community Church Helps Out All Week

A group from the Woodlands Community Church came down last week, and stayed all week helping us finish up the Garcia home. They learned many new things in an effort to get the Garcias a home that they could live in.

The group of five people was great to work with, and we hope to see them again in the future.

Thanks, WCC!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Rainbow Trail makes first trip of the summer

Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp made their first trip of many to Galveston this past week and it was a blast!

The group from Colorado worked hard on a few different projects over the week and got a ton of work done. Thanks to some diligent work and good attitudes, we may be able to finish the Garcia home this week.

It was great to work with these folks, and we look forward to seeing more groups come through over the summer!

Thanks Rainbow Trail!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Alex Soaks Texas

Hurricane Alex narrowly missed making the first U.S. landfall this season. Still, the affects of the storm can be felt through the Gulf Coast as Texas and Louisiana see flood conditions and south Texas even suffered from tropical storm force winds.

TEDRD was prepared to react to this storm both with pastoral care and gutting of damaged homes. Thankfully, it doesn't look like our services are needed in Texas.

However, this storm helped us all get prepared even further for this hurricane season. This was just the first named storm of any kind in the Atlantic, and it was a hurricane! Make sure your family and your parish has a disaster plan. It will save you a lot of grief.
Anxiety levels are high along the coast as the hurricane season continues to fold out. As for now, we'll work through the rain and hope for enough clear skies for a few fireworks on Sunday!

Happy 4th of July weekend to all of you out there!

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