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  September 23rd

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Disaster Response: Family Stories & Reflections

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By Jessica Vermilyea, Director, Upbring Disaster Response

On Good Friday I had the privilege of spending time with our partner – Operation Blessing – walking alongside their incredible volunteers in Tangipahoa Parish as they brought hope to homeowners recently impacted by the devastating flooding in Louisiana. I found it most timely that during Easter weekend those representing Christ here on earth were busy about His business.
2016 DR March floods

Many families woke during the night to discover water in their homes, flooded vehicles and having to leave everything behind. The literal darkness of that experience, combined with the fear of their unknown futures, weighs heavily on each of them.

2016 floods NikkiMeet Nikki
Nikki – whose husband lives with Crohn’s disease and whose daughter is expecting her first child any day now – told me that she is doing what she can each and every day to help her family get back on their feet. Because Nikki’s home was not located in a flood zone, she did not carry flood insurance and remains hopeful there will be federal assistance to help meet her needs, but fears it won’t be enough. Currently, her family is living with relatives and trying to salvage what they can. Nikki’s biggest concern at the moment is making sure her new grandbaby will have a safe place to come home to. She is very thankful for the help she’s receiving and prays for continued strength and guidance.

Meet Sandra
Sandra’s grandchild was staying with her when the flood waters came. Although the two were rescued and taken to safety, her home took on nearly a foot of water and her car was totaled. On Friday, as she emptied the contents of her kitchen cabinets – the pots and pans still full of water – Sandra shared with me that she didn’t have flood insurance because she couldn’t afford it. She loves her neighborhood and had used her retirement savings to help purchase the home – Sandra hopes she can find the right resources to rebuild her life and home.

Long-Term Plans
During my visits with Nikki and Sandra, I was able to provide the homeowners with gift cards to help with their immediate needs, as well as offer a few comforting moments of prayer and a devotional book.

Long-term recovery needs are becoming more defined, and we will share those plans with you as they unfold. To make a gift to Upbring Disaster Response today, please visit our secure giving page.

Long-term recovery needs are becoming more defined, and we will share those plans with you as they unfold. To make a gift to Upbring Disaster Response today, please visit our secure giving page. Thank you for your prayers and support.

 

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