Colorado Springs Flood Response – October 23

 

Newsletter & Flood Update

October 23, 2013

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October 23rd Flood Update

Southern Colorado Flood Response

We have completed all
work orders as of Saturday the 19th, with the exception of one. The final open
work order will be moved to our long-term work schedule as we expect to be returning
to this site multiple times over the next couple of months.

 

Here is an update for Hope Restored as of Sunday 20
October.

 

Update by the numbers:

– Total work orders
written to date: 40

– Total work orders
completed to date: 39

– Total work orders
still to be assessed: 0

– Total volunteers to
date: 142


– Total volunteer hours
to date: 1,057

 

We have moved from
“Disaster Response” mode to “Crisis Response” mode starting
Monday, 21 October.  This means that instead of having regularly scheduled
work days (our schedule has been Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday) we
will move to our normal mode of scheduling workdays as work orders are written.
We expect to continue working the flood response for at least two more
weeks, just at a much slower pace based on work orders.  We will continue
to accept requests without a cut off date, as we are local.   This is the
same mode we are working the Black Forest fire response.  For example we
just signed a work order in the last two weeks to sift a home in Black Forest.

 

We have been stretched,
in a good way, as an organization by this response.  We have experienced
the love and support of the volunteers and our church.  The faithfulness of the volunteers has been
amazing and has been a great encouragement. We are appreciative beyond words
for a church family that supports our mission.  The support of our church
has had a profound effect on the people that we work for and to the volunteers
who perform the work.  We are excited that the work we do is the platform
that allows us to introduce our Savior and share His great love and grace to
those whom we serve and those who serve with us.  

What’s Next

As we move back to our
normal mode, crisis response, we will be working on the following efforts when
not responding to work orders:

 

– Clean and repair
assets (truck, trailer, and tools)

– Inventory remaining
supplies

– Plan for future
responses (crisis and disaster)

– Update and improve
assessment procedures

– Update and improve
team lead procedures

– Present the 2013
disaster response update to churches

– Hold team debrief
meeting

– Take a break!

 

The volunteers have
shoveled mud, moved soaked belongings, emptied dozens of truckloads from
basements, removed carpet and padding, removed paneling and wallboard, pumped
out basements, power washed basements, filled and delivered sandbags, raked and
shoveled tons of road base, moved tons of rock and gravel, and re-scaped yards.   The volunteers have had the opportunity to
have their personal relationship with God encouraged and deepened as they have
responded in obedience to His call. We hope that you will be as encouraged as
we are as we look back at God’s provision and care.

 

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Please continue to pray that God will open the doors for us in the local churches.  

As always we are extremely grateful for your prayer support.  We look forward to hearing from you in person, on the phone, email, snail mail, or Facebook.  Until then; here, there, or in the air!

 

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October 18th Colorado Springs Flood Update

Newsletter & Flood Update

October 18, 2013

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October 18th Flood Update

Southern Colorado Flood Response

Since our last update we
have continued to stay busy responding to the flooding in southern
Colorado.  We have been working on a workday
schedule, with volunteers working on work orders, of Mondays, Wednesdays,
Fridays, and Saturdays.  God has been
incredibly faithful bringing us the needed supplies and volunteers for each
days work.

 

By the Numbers

Here is a quick view of
the Southern Colorado flood response by the numbers:

– Total work orders
written to date: 40

– Total work orders completed to date: 35

– Total work orders still to be assess: 0

– Total volunteers to date: 131

– Total volunteer hours to date: 975

Some Flood Response Highlights

First we want to update you on the project on the
far east end of town.  If you will
remember if we had found the correct address on the map before we left to
assess the project we would have declined to work the project because it was too
far out.  Also remember we “do not do
driveways” and this was a driveway repair.
Finally remember that once we arrived on property and met with Monica we
knew that this was a divine appointment.
Ok… so here is the update.  

 

We
received a phone call on Tuesday the 8th from Bob.  Bob explained that he had picked up about 15
tons of material for the driveway and would be able to deliver it on
Saturday.  He also explained that the
material and the delivery would be free.
We contacted Kent, the missions pastor at Rocky Mountain Calvary, with
the excellent news and requested a pastor to be our chaplain for Saturday
morning.  At 7:45 Saturday morning the
truck arrived and off loaded the 15 tons of road base into giant piles in each
of the three worst holes in the driveway.
While the volunteers raked and shoveled the material level in each of
the holes pastor Dan was able to spend time with Monica.  As we finished we realized that we needed at least
15 tons more of road base to complete the repairs to the largest hole.  The repairs we were able to implement are an
excellent start and will allow Monica to get out of her driveway, and
deliveries of water and propane to get into her driveway.  At first we were a bit disappointed that we
were unable to complete the repairs with our first visit.  However, we quickly realized that the need
for another load provides the opportunity to come back and serve Monica
again.  Please continue to pray for
Monica.  We are looking forward to our
next trip out and are prayerful that the seeds planted in the first two visits
will see harvest.

 

Our
regular volunteer core has grown to seven that we count on for almost every
workday and another four to six that we can count on for most work days.  God has brought us teams from churches,
U-Turn for Christ, and Peterson AFB on the days where we needed large teams.

 

The
volunteers have shoveled mud, moved soaked belongings, emptied dozens of
truckloads from basements, removed carpet and padding, removed paneling and
wallboard, pumped out basements, power washed basements, filled and delivered
sandbags, raked and shoveled tons of road base, and moved tons of rock and
gravel.   They have filled multiple 40
yard bins to the max with flood debris.
There has been ample opportunity for many injuries but God has been
faithful to protect each and everyone and allow only one minor injury.  We have been astounded with God’s provision
of tooling, safety equipment, and funding for fuel and other expenses.  We hope that you will be as encouraged as we
are as we look back at God’s provision and care.

 

Two
of the remaining five work orders are “On Hold” as we wait to hear
back from the requestors. We have the one work order for Monica that we will be
working on long term as we are able to get material and delivery. We anticipate
working on the other two work orders this Saturday.

 

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What You Can Do

 

One of the two work orders that we will work Saturday is removing drywall in a basement. The drywall has been tested and has been determined to be asbestos free. We will need four to six volunteers for this effort. The second work order will be re-landscaping a back yard to help prevent future damages. We will need six to ten volunteers for this effort. If you are interested in

working this Saturday please send us an email at info@hoperestored.org, with which work order you would be interested in working, as soon as possible so we can plan and send you the information as to where to meet.


Please continue to pray that God will open the doors for us in the local churches.  

As always we are extremely grateful for your prayer support.  We look forward to hearing from you in person, on the phone, email, snail mail, or Facebook.  Until then; here, there, or in the air!

 

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October 8 Flood Update

 

Newsletter & Flood Update

October 8, 2013

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Flood Update

Southern Colorado Flood Response

Since our last update we
have been busy responding to the flooding in southern Colorado.  We have settled in on a work day schedule,
with volunteers working on work orders, of Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and
Saturdays.  God continues to be faithful
bringing us the needed supplies and volunteers for each days work.

 

By the Numbers

Here is a quick view of
the Southern Colorado flood response by the numbers:

– Total work orders
written to date: 37

– Total work orders completed to date: 19

– Total work orders still to be assess: 7

– Total volunteers to date: 63

– Total volunteers hours to date: 509

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Some Flood Response Highlights

We have received a
donation of half a pallet of water and 20 boxes of Tyvek suits.  The Tyvek suits were critical to acquire so
that we could start work in some of the basements.  Of course they came at just the right time to
permit us to get the work started.

 

We have worked very
small to large jobs since we started the response on the 19th of
September.  Our smallest job was removing
a bed and a large chair from a home for a disabled elderly woman.  Debi lives in a very old and very small one
bedroom apartment.  The roof leaked
during the rains and caused the water damage to the bed and chairs.  She had saved for a long time to buy a nice pillowtop mattress and she is now sleeping on an air mattress.  She was in tears as we carried the furniture
from the home as she has no way to replace them.  She is left with a chair and a TV.  We spent some quality time with Debi and
prayed with her before we left.  We are
currently on the hunt for a quality double bed.

 

We
had a request from a couple in our church to help their neighbor.  We went to Melissa’s house and assessed the
flooding in her basement.  Melissa is a
single mom and lives in a low-income house.
The backyard was improperly landscaped when the house was built.  The result is that every time it rains water
pours into her basement.  Our initial
evaluation is that we need to re-scape the backyard and install a French drain
to help move the water away from the foundation.  We are praying to find someone with expertise
in this area to help guide us as we work to make sure that we get it done
correctly.  Please be praying for God to
lead the correct person to us to help with this activity.

 

We had a phone request
to help a woman east of town.  When we
looked up the address the mapping software put it at highway 24 and Peyton
Highway (about 30 minutes each way).  We
set up an assessment with Monica and went out after we were done working for
the day.  We arrived on time where the
GPS and map said the house should be… but no house.  Susan called and we were directed to “go east
on Peyton Highway… cross 24, then 94… my house will be on the right… I will
leave the porch light on so you can see it.” 30 minutes later we turned into
her driveway, and were glad we were in a sturdy truck.  The driveway is about 300 feet long and has
several large sections that are washed out about two feet deep.  In our conversation with Monica we discovered
that she relies on the driveway being passable to get in and out of her
property and to allow delivery of her water and propane.  When it rains or snows the driveway becomes
impassable.  During the storms she was
trapped for two weeks.  She shared a
little about losing her husband, then a year later discovering she had cancer,
then losing her dog.  God set this divine
appointment up so we could not miss it.
If we had found the correct address on the map we would have called to
let her know she was too far out for us to help.  Also we do not do driveways so our initial visit
was to confirm we could not do the work and to have the opportunity to pray
with her.  God has a different plan.  We will go that far out and now we will do
driveways, at least we will do hers.  We
have found recycled road base (class 6) and confirmed that this is the best
solution for her needs.  We are working
to secure a donation for delivery.  We
have found a gentleman who thinks he can use the company tandem dump truck to
bring our about 15 tons of material.
Please pray with us that God will bring us the right delivery method and
people.

 

Everyday we see some of
the same volunteers.  We are greatly
encouraged by their dedication to serving others for God’s glory.   We are very grateful for those who come and
work with us.

 

We will be working Monday,
Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday for the next couple of weeks (or until we work
through all of the work orders).  This
gives us Tuesdays and Thursdays to assess and catch up with all of the
reporting paperwork for the city, county, FEMA, and other agencies to whom we
are accountable.  If you want to
volunteer please send us an email (
info@hoperestored.org) with the days you are
available.  This will help us to create
the work schedules.

 


Please continue to pray that God will open the doors for us in the local churches.  

As always we are extremely grateful for your prayer support.  We look forward to hearing from you in person, on the phone, email, snail mail, or Facebook.  Until then; here, there, or in the air!

 

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Colorado Springs Flood Update

Newsletter & Flood Update

September 29th, 2013

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Flood Update

On Thursday the 19th of September the City of Colorado Springs opened a Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) for the residents along the Cheyenne Creek.  We were invited to be in the DAC and work with affected residents as they came in for help.  By the end of the first day the incoming included people from all over the city and people from Manitou Springs.  We did intake at the DAC Thursday the 19th of September through Monday the 23rd of September.  During this time we wrote 32 work orders.  We started to assess the work orders Friday the 20th of September and were able to start to work on the first work order Monday the 23rd. We have written another two work orders since the DAC closed.

 

Here is a quick view of the Southern Colorado flood response by the numbers:

 

– Date started the response Thursday 19 September 
– Total work orders written to date: 34
– Total work orders completed to date: 10
– Total work orders still to be assess: 18
– Total volunteers to date: 7
– Total volunteers hours to date: 240

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Flood Highlights

We
have been working hard to find safety supplies like rubber boots, rubber
gloves, goggles, and Tyvek suits.  While working in the DAC we were
instructed as to how to get plugged into the system where the donations can be
requested and accepted.  This lead to the donation and shipment of a large
quantity of goggles which we have already received.  It also lead to a
large donation of rubber boots and Tyvek which we hope to receive by Tuesday
the 1st of October.



Receiving
shipments of donated goods and equipment can present some logistical issues as
we do not have any storage space and we would have to figure out how to have
someone constantly available to receive potential shipments.  A
conversation in church Saturday night (the 21st of September) lead
to an offer of warehouse space and support to accept, unload, and store any
shipments for no costs.  We are very grateful to Focus on the Family for
this support and the subsequent support this provides to their local community.

 

The ministry tool trailer was reconfigured to support the
flooding.  Updates include new tool holders for rakes and shovels, the
installation of some shelving, and hooks to hold the pole saw.


On
Tuesday the 24
th of September Byron had gone to Lowes to get
supplies needed for the days work.  When the items were rung up at the
register a man in line paid for the purchase.



Tuesday
the 24th we were invited to a meeting with the manager of the
Colorado Springs Emergency Operations Center (EOC).  The purpose of the
meeting was to determine what the city could do to helps us help the community.
One result was free access to dumpsters that are placed through out the
city so we can dump debris from our cleanup efforts.  Another result was
access to a pump that we can borrow, from the fire department, to pump out
basements.  We have already taken advantage of both of these offers.

 

On
Thursday the 26
th we had a half pallet of bottled water donated and
delivered.  The water is now in the tool trailer.  We also went out
to Canon City to do an assessment.



Friday
we worked on Rena’s house.  She is a single mom with many life struggles.
We were able to remove three truckloads of debris from her basement and
remove some drywall and treat for mold.  She prayed with us when we
started work and we closed the day. Keep Rena in your prayers.  She needs
to move due to the condition of her home.  The foundation is compromised.
She was denied help from FEMA and does not have flood insurance or
adequate homeowners insurance to resolve the issues.  Please pray with us
that as she endures the trails in front of her, that she will find a
relationship with Jesus.



We
found a small supply of Tyvek suits, which we were able to use Saturday the 28th
with a small team to clear all of the debris from a home of an elderly widow.
A total of eight truckloads were hauled to the dumpsters that the city
provided.  The basement is now clear of debris.



We
have been engaged in the VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster)
which is the main nationwide agency coordinating the volunteer activities in
the large disasters.   Our engagement is in the local regional
chapter and in the Colorado state chapter. This gives us increased credibility
with the city, county, state, and federal agencies.



We will be working Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday
for the next couple of weeks (or until we work through all of the work orders).
This gives us Tuesdays and Thursdays to assess and catch up with all of
the reporting paperwork for the city, county, FEMA, and other agencies to whom
we are accountable.  If you want to volunteer please send us an email (info@hoperestored.org)
with the days you are available.  This will help us to create the work
schedules.

 


Please continue to pray that God will open the doors for us in the local churches.  

As always we are extremely grateful for your prayer support.  We look forward to hearing from you in person, on the phone, email, snail mail, or Facebook.  Until then; here, there, or in the air!

 

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Work Day Announcement for Colorado Springs Flood

 

Newsletter & Flood Update

September 27th, 2013

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Work Day – TOMORROW 
and we need volunteers!!!

We have a work day tomorrow. And we are looking for up to 40 volunteers.

If you are available and interested in working, please email us so we will send you the details. 

 

You can email us at: info@hoperestored.org

 

We are planning to work Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday of next week. Please email us if you can join us. 

 
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Call for Volunteers – Colorado Springs Flood

Newsletter & Flood Update

September 24th, 2013

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We Need Volunteers!

We are ready to start work! We have some jobs that we can do with our current supplies. The plan is to work two jobs TODAY. With new jobs being announced on our Facebook page, click here.

Job 1 is a small job and will require 2 – 3 volunteers to help load cut carpet (dry) on to a truck, cut and remove a small amount of dry drywall and load it into a truck. This job started at 10:00am.

Job 2 is a larger job and will include carpet removal, cutting drywall and hauling things out of the basement to a dumpster. This job can use 6 to 8 volunteers. This job is scheduled to start at 12:30 and run through 4:00. You will need a pair of heavy rubber gloves to work this job.

If you are interested in working either job we need to hear from you as soon as possible. To register for the project, click here or email us at info@hoperestored.org.

We will be in the field assessing more work orders today and tomorrow.

PRAISE REPORT: We have made some significant progress in getting the supplies and equipment required to do some of the heavier work. We are hopeful to hear of the timing of gear arriving tomorrow.

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Colorado Flood Update & Call for Volunteers

 

 

Newsletter & Flood Update

September 20th, 2013

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Colorado has been slammed this year with some of the worst disasters that it has experienced.  Currently Colorado is in the process of recovering from the worst flooding in the state’s history.  As we are writing this letter the stats for the flooding are: 7 confirmed dead (2 in our county of El Paso), 143 missing (down from 1,200), 1918 square miles affected over 17 counties.   There are thousands of homes destroyed or damaged in Northern Colorado.  There are hundreds of homes damaged or destroyed in the Southern Colorado area (Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Pueblo, Canyon City, and La Junta).  All of the major disaster relief agencies and ministries have committed their resources to work in the Northern Colorado areas.  We will be focusing on Southern Colorado.

 

Our decision to focus on Southern Colorado for flood response brings a set of challenges that we are working through.  We covet your prayers for wisdom and guidance.  We are working hard to establish the equipment list for the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required to keep volunteers safe as they work.  As we establish the details of this list we are struggling with the challenges of sourcing the products we need.  We are hopeful that we will have these issues solved in the next couple of days so we can start work early next week.  We are looking for someone to help us with finding the resources to keep the volunteers safe.  If you know someone who works in the safety equipment industry please let us know.  Some of the equipment needed includes: N95 masks, cut resistant waterproof gloves, waterproof Tyvek type suits, knee height rubber boots (steel toe and shank would be best), and goggles.

 

The city of Colorado Springs stood up a Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) for three days the 19th through the 21st of September. We went yesterday and met with eight people requesting help with flood recovery.  We will start the assessment process for these eight today.  We will also be back at the DAC for today and tomorrow to meet with flood victims as they come in looking for assistance.

 

Flood response includes a variety of work and is considered the most difficult of the disaster responses.  Work performed will include pumping water, moving mud and debris, removing personal items, removing carpets and pads, tearing our drywall and insulation, and clean up.  The main dangers in this work are the bacteria and contaminants in the water and the unseen trip, poke, and cut hazards.  Please pray for the volunteers as we engage in this work.  We diligently seek God’s protection and guidance as we work.

 

Read below for volunteer opportunities!

 

Please continue to pray that God will open the doors for us in the local churches. Have a contact at a local church that is interested? Please email (info@hoperestored.org) or call us!

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We Need Volunteers!

Project Announcement

 

 

Project: Yard
Clean Up

 

Date(s): Saturday
September 23rd 20139:00am to 3:00pm

 

Location:  The home is in the Colorado Springs near
Flintridge and Academy.  If you will be
attending please let us know as we will send out the address to those who have
sign up.

 

Project Description:  We will be cutting some tree limbs, loading
tree limbs into a truck for hauling, and raking up the yard.We will be raking
leaves, pine needles, and debris, and picking up small debris.  We will also be removing some brush and scrub
oak as well as trimming and cutting trees.

 

What is Needed: We
will be providing six to eight rakes, a wheelbarrow, tarps, a pole saw, branch
cutters, and a truck.  We need four to
eight people. 

 

General Guidelines:

Christian Conduct: No drugs, alcohol, smoking, foul
language, off color jokes, or other inappropriate communications.

 

Dress: Please
wear suitable and modest work clothes and sturdy shoes. 

 

Other:  Please bring hats, gloves, lunch, and
sunscreen. 

 

Please let us know if you are coming so we can properly
plan. To volunteer, click here.

 

Need more information?
Have a question?  Please call or
write:  719.749.6286 or
info@hoperestored.org.

As always we are extremely grateful for your prayer support.  We look forward to hearing from you in person, on the phone, email, snail mail, or Facebook.  Until then; here, there, or in the air!

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