A Year in Review

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 @ 12:33PM

Like many in the West community I look forward to the promise of a new year and a fresh start. As we wrap up 2014 at West Long Term Recovery, I am humbled by the continuous outpour of love and support provided by so many individuals and organization, without which, we could not have continued down the road to recovery. West Long Term Recovery would like to thank our many partners and supporters throughout 2014 including our donors, volunteers, West businesses, West United Methodist Church, St. Mary’s Church of the Assumption, the Knights of Columbus, First Baptist Church of West, the American Red Cross, and the City of West. With your support West Long Term Recovery reached a number of goals and milestones in 2014.

  • West Long Term Recovery has committed $3.4 million dollars to victims of the devastating explosion.
  • UMCOR Case management at West Long Term Recovery has worked and closed over 450 cases.
  • As a result of an effort from the entire community, West successfully recruited volunteers throughout the state and nation. By utilizing volunteer labor we have stretched donated dollars to assist more families. As a result of successful volunteer campaigns, over 120,000 man hours have been donated to West, Texas since the explosion.
  • Habitat for Humanity, West Long Term Recovery, and Catholic Charities have partnered to build two new homes for renters, who wouldn’t qualify for assistance elsewhere. We celebrated the groundbreaking on the first of these two homes on November 7th.
  • As a result of a partnership with the Salvation Army and the National Baseball League, West Long Term Recovery was able to provide furniture vouchers to West families.
  • The destruction of the nursing home, West Rest Haven, resulted in the loss of employment for many in our community. With the help of a number of Central Texas businesses and non-profits West Long Term Recovery was able to provide a free Career Fair for residents still struggling to find employment.
  • Recognizing the unique challenges facing senior citizens since the explosion, West Long Term Recovery partnered with RVSP and HOTCOG McLennan County to provide a Senior Day, where vendors and organizations specializing in senior care and services presented West seniors information about free services.
  • As a result of partnerships with the American Red Cross, Baylor University and Moment by Moment Growth and Learning, free mental healthcare services remain available to individuals affected by the explosion, including first responders.
  • With the help of a number of West volunteers, we were able to develop a plan to address long term medical and mental healthcare concerns as a result of the explosion.

Thank you for your continued support. West Long Term Recovery wishes you a happy and prosperous New Year.

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