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Ethan Schmidt, Walker Wood, Logan Mikes, Jay Jackson, Julia Howard, Meredith Ratchford, Anastasia Sciretti, and Meredith Wood
Following the damage caused by Winter Storm Uri, a team of more than 50 local volunteers helped in homes, assisting with removing drywall, insulation, flooring, furniture, and anything else that received water damage from burst pipes. The Restoration Team, a nonprofit collaboration of local churches providing post-natural disaster home repair, oversaw the volunteer effort. Homes were identified through CrisisCleanup.org, a hotline where people can request help and organizations can claim cases for their work teams. Volunteers from AmeriCorps NCCC and Chapelwood, St. Paul’s, John Wesley, and Memorial Drive United Methodist Churches in Houston met at The Restoration Team’s headquarters before dispersing for the day. The Restoration Team was formed in September 2017 when Chapelwood UMC lead a partnership with three additional local UMCs to work on a long-term recovery strategy following Hurricane Harvey. Pictured are student volunteers from Chapelwood, (front row, from left) Ethan Schmidt, Walker Wood, Logan Mikes, Jay Jackson, (back row, from left) Julia Howard, Meredith Ratchford, Anastasia Sciretti, and Meredith Wood.
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