Thursday, September 29, 2005

Katrina Relief Projects

Here's a post from Randy Hageman about some opportunities to help people recover from Hurricane Katrina:
Gateway Community Church (formerly Abundant Life UMC), in conjunction with Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (both Clear Lake area churches) have set up the C.O.R.E. (Christians Organized for Relief Efforts) Base Camp in Ocean Springs, Mississippi at St. Paul’s UMC. This camp is designed to be a staging area for volunteers wanting to help in the relief efforts along the Mississippi Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina. This camp is available to any church group, of any denominational affiliation, as well as community groups and other volunteers, who desire to serve in this area. C.O.R.E. Base Camp is working in conjunction with Jackson County relief efforts and other relief organizations.
 C.O.R.E. Base Camp can now accommodate 200+ volunteers at a time. The camp provides large air-conditioned tents, cots, meals, portable restroom facilities, showers and more to meet the physical needs of volunteers who will serve in weekend and week-long service projects. “This is not your ‘pup-tent’ operation,” said Mike Malkemes, camp director. “One of our tents is 4,000 square feet… with air conditioning!”
 At the present time there are over four hundred projects waiting for volunteers, with each project taking, on average, a couple of days for a team to complete. If you are interested in volunteering there, or taking a group there, go to and click on “Volunteer Information” on the right-hand side. In addition, the camp now has two phone numbers: (228) 875-3416 & (228) 875-3568. The website also offers additional information and pictures about the camp and its mission.
 Obviously there will be significant needs right here in our own conference in the Golden Triangle area. However, for those wishing to serve in Mississippi, or who are interested in serving right now before sites are open in the East Texas and SW Louisiana areas, C.O.R.E. is available.
Grace and Peace,
Randy Hageman
Gateway Community Church
760 Clear Lake City Blvd.
Houston, TX  77598
(713) 551-4800


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