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09/06/2017

Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts in Texas

May God provide for all of the needs of those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas--spiritual, emotional, physical. 

We thank the Lord for the first responders who risked their lives to save others. We ask for the hearts of all to be opened to the needs of those who have lost homes, belongings and loved ones. May we be the hands and feet of Jesus now and every day.

If you would like to help with the long-term recovery efforts in Texas, please consider a monetary donation to one of the following groups. Funds will be used for to help those in need with what they need at the moment and going forward. 

Gulf Coast Synod Disaster Fund
12941 North Freeway
Suite 210
Houston, Texas 77060
Memo: Hurricane Harvey

Upbring Lutheran Services in Austin, TX has a disaster response team mobilizing in the affected areas to provide 350+ foster families with immediate, short, and long term response and recovery assistance. Click the following link to support Upbring’s disaster response efforts: http://www.upbring.org/disaster-response-giving/.

To support the Texas District response effort go to https://txlcms.org/how-can-i-help-hurricane-harvey/.

Lutheran Disaster Response-US will be supporting the Hurricane Harvey response and recovery efforts as well. More information can be found here: http://www.elca.org/en/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/Lutheran-Disaster-Response/Our-Impact/US-Hurricane-Relief

A bulletin insert for hurricane response can be found here: http://download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/Hurricane_Relief_bulletin_insert_082517.pdf

As a reminder, volunteers should never self-deploy; if you or your congregation/faith community is interested in organizing a disaster response/recovery team, please contact John Pyron, Director of LSS Disaster Services (phone: 937.540.2507 or email: jpyron@lssnetworkofhop.org). Pyron has over a decade of experience coordinating disaster response and recovery volunteers, and LSS can provide pre-trip orientation and training as well as helping connect your group with local relief organizations.