Disaster Relief Teams (DRT)
The United Methodist Church has a rich history of providing help to communities after a disaster. UMCOR (United Methodist Committee Relief) provides Emergency Response Training and ultimately essential site management in areas following a disaster such as a hurricane, flooding, tornado, fire, etc.
Christ UMC Members can get involved, first through planning/training and second, through responding as part of the Christ UMC Disaster Relief Team when it is activated. Christ UMC Members are encouraged to take the ERT (Emergency Response Training) Training held by UMCOR. Once trained, DRT Members help keep the Christ UMC Disaster Relief Trailer in operation and ready to respond. Response trips will be determined as needed and when activated by UMCOR or other emergency response agencies.
Volunteer opportunities are also available through home repairs and homeowner support many months after the event, as with the aftermath of Project Harvey. Christ UMC is currently identifying and working on homes in the Houston area that receieved floodwaters in excess of 5 feet.
During the 2017 Christmas Eve Service Communion Rail Offering, funds were raised to finance work teams from Christ UMC to help homeowners affected by Hurricane Harvey. Project Carmen was the first home to be repaired by Christ UMC Members since that rail offering. Efforts continue to help Ms. Carmen and her daughter return to their home.