Thursday, October 28, 2010

Can You Help?

TEDRD has now worked on 175 homes in Galveston and La Porte, TX. 50 homeowners have received partial or total repairs.

With the exit of other rebuild organizations from Galveston, TEDRD will be the last full service rebuild organization left in Galveston in 2011. We want to make sure we are able to help as many homeowners before we are finished.

Can you donate today?

These homeowners are people like Mr. Keyes, an 83-year-old WWII veteran who takes care of his 59-year-old daughter who has brain damage.

Or Mr. Rodgers, who lost his leg to infection after the storm in addition to losing his wife to alzheimer's disease. He now builds cabinets for our projects.

Or Ms. Marsha, who helped others return home after the storm while her own house was in disrepair.

Can you help people like them?

Our homeowners are nurses, teachers, tradesmen, retirees, veterans, librarians, and writers. Many of them lost everything in the storm.

They are people that keep this community moving. They are mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters. And although most of them are reluctant to ask for help, we want to be there to give them some peace.

Can you donate for the displaced Galvestonians?

Please donate today or plan a volunteer trip in November or December. We'd love to have your help!

Peace be with you,


Luke Blount
Volunteer Coordinator

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

$15 For the Finish

Thank you for your continued support of Texas Episcopal Disaster Relief and Development. We are approaching the end of our journey in Galveston, and we need your help now more than ever!

Can you spare $15 or more to help us finish strong? Just $15 from everyone would pay for all the materials to move two more homeowners back home! Click Here to Donate or send checks to 427 Market St. Galveston, Tx 77550. Make checks payable to the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, and write "Hurricane Ike Relief" in the memo line. Or send us Home Depot gift cards!

It looks as if we will be the last full service relief organization working in Galveston, and we want to help as many homeowners as possible before we begin our wrap up in February 2011.

Also, please consider volunteering with us this November and December. Our schedule is almost empty! Help us get as many families home as possible!

Email or call Luke at and 713.252.9693 if you're interested in making a trip!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Volunteer Spotlight: LTC

Beginning in January of this year, Larry Hagan of Texas City has visited TEDRD every week to lend a hand and help us rebuild homes in Galveston.

Larry, or LTC as we call him, has been essential to the success of TEDRD. He is skilled in many areas of construction, but most importantly he offers our staff and volunteers his wisdom and positive attitude on the jobsite.

Every Wednesday, we plan special projects for Larry. Most of the time it is not glamorous work, but Larry takes it in stride.

Larry is a caretaker at heart. Outside of TEDRD, Larry spends much of his time caring for his family members. But we're glad he finds some time to take care of us and our homeowners as well.

Thanks, Larry! You're an inspiration to us all.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Back Again

St. Matthew's - Austin has returned for what we think is the 5th time! Its always great to have these guys around. Not only do they help us out on site, but they usually fix a few things in our office too.

This week, they should be finishing up Henry's house and starting a couple new projects. The group arrived around noon on Monday and were ready to start working. They will be here through Friday morning and then head back to Austin.

Thanks St. Matt's! Always a pleasure to see you in Galveston!

Texas Episcopal Disaster Relief and Development's Fan Box