Updates on Oklahoma and Joplin Tornado Recovery

Registration for Disaster Recovery in Oklahoma

Week of Compassion is thrilled to announce that registration is now open for Disaster Recovery in Oklahoma.

Week of Compassion, Disciples Volunteering, and United Church of Christ Wider Church Ministries Disaster and Volunteer Ministries will be coordinating efforts with the Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project, Oklahoma United Methodist Disaster Response, and other local partners to help volunteers put their Compassion into Action.

Projects will be part of the community’s comprehensive recovery effort. The focus will be on home repair, rebuilding, and new construction, but may also include community renewal projects, such as the re-planting of trees, and other meaningful work in support of partner agencies whose services were impacted by the tornado. These projects will be identified locally by the Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project.

Week-long Mission Trips in 2014 will begin the week of April 7. Mission Groups will arrive on Sunday evenings and depart by Saturday morning. Work days are Monday - Friday.  Housing and Hospitality will be extended by local UCC and DOC congregations, and there will be room for 20 volunteers per week. Registration is $100 per person, with a $25 nonrefundable deposit.  Check with the Registrar with questions about availability or register for your top two preferred weeks. Registrations will be honored in the order they are received.

For more information about volunteering in Oklahoma, please visit the Disciples Volunteering siteRegistration forms are available here.

To contact Pam Small, UCC/DOC Disaster Ministries’ Registrar for the Oklahoma Response, call 812-453-3995 or e-mail psmall66@gmail.com. 

A Day of Celebration in Joplin!

Rev. Jill Michel of South Joplin Christian Church submitted these pictures and note following the dedication of a special project that has been part of the Joplin recovery:

Sid and his dog, Scooby, were welcomed home on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.  Rebuild Joplin, South Joplin Christian Church, Farmer’s Insurance and Mennonite friends were there to celebrate with him, remember his story, and present gifts. 

The home that Sid lived in at the time of the tornado had been his lifelong home.  He has resided at that location for nearly six decades.  So, agreeing to have his home torn down and new one built in its place was no small decision.  But, three months after the house was begun, Sid is excited to call this new place home and is grateful for all those who participated in its building.

While our Disciples and UCC volunteers have been working with Rebuild Joplin for over a year and half, Sid’s is the first house that we’ve fully sponsored giving both financial support and volunteer labor from foundation to finish.

Thank you to our partners from UCC and Disciples churches across the United States who made their way to Joplin to be part of this project.

This week's responses:

Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance
Egypt, Emergency Repairs
Syria, Food Assistance<
Development and Long-Term Recovery and Rehabilitation
Egypt, Ecumenical Relations