Disaster Relief

Helping Rebuild Homes in Texas

The Need

Living Word has a successful history of assisting with disaster recovery, as evidenced by our work following Hurricane Katrina in Biloxi, Mississippi. After the disastrous hurricane season of 2017, there is a need for a similar effort in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Because of the devastation in Texas, we initiated a discovery phase for how we can assist those who most need the help following that storm. We determined that the best place to partner would be with Servants, Inc. from Red Lion and Nehemiah’s Vision in Vidor, Texas. We will help renovate houses of those who were struck by Hurricane Harvey.

The larger cities affected by Harvey – Houston, Beaumont, Galveston, and others – have had more help than this poor rural bedroom community in the petroleum region of east Texas. The average Vidor household income is $40k per year. As the hurricane hit Vidor, it was not a wind event as much as it was a flooding event. They received over 60 inches of rain in less than 72 hours, so all the homes in low-lying areas were flooded from 3 to 6 feet deep. This flooding caused massive damage to over 500 homes. Some of the home owners had flood insurance and some will be assisted by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), but many are not covered by any assistance programs.

Disaster Recovery Trips to Vidor, Texas

In February, Living Word, in partnership with Servants began sending teams to Vidor to begin the process of rebuilding homes. After an initial assessment, we determined a set number of houses that we were committed to rebuilding. We are evaluating additional opportunities to serve based on the resources we have available.

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