Volunteers in Mission / Disaster Response

Disaster Response Updates 7/13/2018:

  • 2016 Southeast AR Floods – Recovery almost complete.  Project should be closed end of July.
  • 2017 Northeast AR Floods – Recovery almost complete.  Project should be closed end of July or shortly after.
  • 2018 Lonoke County Flood – Case management in process, construction assessment to begin shortly. (Request for assistance received in May)
  • 2018 Crawford County (Mountainburg) Tornado – Case management wrapping up, construction assessment done, offering assistance in partnership with local recovery group, AR VOAD partners, and UMCOR.  See “Volunteer Recognition” for other involvement.   Will need finish volunteers – contact vim@arumc.org.
  • 2018 St. Francis County Wind Storms – in contact with local officials and local churches.  No requests for recovery assistance received at this time.

ECHO Village in Eureka Springs recently added to list of UMVIM approved US Domestic Mission Sites
ECHO Village is a unique concept of community living that is a group of small homes situated close together in which the residents living there work together to help each other in their daily living. The concept is that affordable housing is provided for seniors, handicapped, single parents, homeless, early prison release, veterans, low income individuals who need housing security. There will be a community garden, chickens, playground, community room, classes for parenting, finances, job skills, resume building, etc. Each person commits to helping their neighbors.

These homes will be owned by Eureka Christian Health Outreach (ECHO) and rent at low entry level to enable individuals to get a leg up on their economic situation. The community room will be available for larger gatherings and trainings. It will be a unique community that lives and loves together for the benefit of all.

ECHO Village is a brand new community under construction.  Phase I includes eight houses which are dried in and ready for finish work. Current needs are volunteer work teams especially for finish work on new structures.

For more information or to schedule a work team contact Suzy Bell at mightywarriorrocks@yahoo.com or Byron Mann at vim@arumc.org.

Disaster Response Operation under “Blue Skies”
During the calm, we focus primarily on preparedness so that when disasters come, we are equipped to respond. During this time we are trying to connect with churches that are “go to, getter done” churches to respond when disaster strikes in that community or beyond.

Ideally, these churches would name a disaster response coordinator, commit to having an early response team, and commit to having a series of trainings. These trainings wouldn’t be exclusive- other churches and resources in the area need to be reached to build capacity.

We would love to hear from you or your church and meet to discuss this new vision of disaster response. Click here for a letter better explaining this vision for more information.

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