Daytona Beach Disaster Recovery Trip

Where: Volusia County, FL (Daytona Beach area)

When: March 4-10, 2018

Organized by: The Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township

Details: Still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew in 2016, the swath of Eastern Florida from Daytona Beach to Jacksonville suffered additional damage from Hurricane Irma.

VIND House

Volusia Interfaiths/Agencies Networking In Disaster (VIND), a coalition of faith-based organizations partnered with allied agencies to facilitate long-term practical aid, will host our group and facilitate home repair projects, likely to include basic carpentry, roofing, insulation, flooring, drywall repair and/or painting. Tools will be provided.

This Disaster Recovery Mission Trip is being coordinated by the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township and is open to adults ages 19 and up. Housing (separate male/female dorm-style rooms with bunkbeds) will be at the Union Congregational Church in Holly Hill.  Kitchen and shower facilities, washer/dryer, Wi-Fi and a lounge/meeting area are all on-site.  Group members will share in meal preparation.

The cost for the trip is $275 plus airfare. Costs include lodging, food and ground transportation.  Please see the Registration Brochure for complete details.

For further information, please visit our trip webpage or contact Rev. Tom Brown, Associate Pastor, tbrown@pcct-nj.org.

US Virgin Islands Mission Trip

Where: St. Thomas Reformed Church, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

When: January 16-23, 2018 PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE

Details: In early September 2017 the island of St. Thomas was devastated by Hurricane Irma – sustained winds as high as  185 mph, with gusts even stronger than that, caused widespread destruction. Less than two weeks later strong rains from Hurricane Maria lashed the island. As one resident said “There’s no more normal. These were life changing events. Nothing will ever be the same.”

The Reformed Church of St. Thomas has been in the forefront of the efforts to get people back into their homes, and gradually the new normal is beginning to take shape.

St Thomas recovery work

Working with the Reformed Church, My Brothers Workshop and the Salvation Army, volunteers will assist with clean up and home repair, as well as clearing debris or damaged furniture, putting up tarps, cleaning, taking things to the dump.

Bunk bed accommodation will be available with good, but basic bathroom facilities, a dining room and a full kitchen.

Contact: George Neil at george.neil@outlook.com, or on 862 204 9010

Young Adult Mission Trip to Texas

Where: Houston, Tx

When: January 1-5, 2018

Organized by: Central Presbyterian Church, Summit, NJ

Details: Hurricane Harvey was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005. In a four-day period, many areas received more than 40 inches of rain as the system slowly crossed over eastern Texas. The resulting floods inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people, prompted more than 17,000 rescues and caused nearly $200 billion in damage, primarily from widespread flooding in the Houston metropolitan area.

Central Presbyterian Church in Summit, NJ, will lead a Young Adult Trip to Houston in early January 2018. Volunteers will primarily be involved in home repair – “lots of drywall”.  All college aged adults – 18-25 – are invited.

For further information contact Rev. Deborah Huggins, Associate Pastor at huggins1013@gmail.com.