West Long-Term Recovery Update (6-6-13)
Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 @ 5:59AM
If you’re a displaced resident, you may be feeling like the ball in a pinball machine, getting bounced around over and over again. Even if you’re not displaced, you’re suffering though this disaster in other ways. Our community is stressed, and we will be for some time. We’ve got to lean on each other, and allow ourselves to be helped. Through the hope and support of our friends and neighbors, we will get through this. We have a saying at the LTRC that “God’s got this!” We know He was there that tragic night, and He will continue to guide and direct our paths if we trust in Him. He blesses us with hope and courage, and this trial WILL make us stronger! We are also blessed and grateful for the assistance of our local, state and federal government agencies. Sometimes the bureaucracy we’re forced to navigate through is redundant, confusing and frustrating. Just keep the goal in mind, work to improve the systems, but appreciate the PEOPLE. They have a difficult calling. The agency reps that came to us at the start are already on their second and even third disasters. The ones that remain here will soon be on their way. We thank them for their service and recognize that we must carry on.
This last week, we carried on with charitable demolition. Crews have been demolishing about 3 houses a day, clearing the way for more residents to begin rebuilding. Our third clean-up day is this Saturday, and the 8-day Loving West event will begin June 15. These volunteers will be ready to come help you in almost any capacity you can think of. If you’ve already registered at the LTRC, you can call in to submit a job. If you still haven’t registered, please come in so that we can send volunteers out to help you. Thank you NeighborWorks for mowing 125 yards last weekend!
The First United Methodist Church, in Association with the Ministerial Alliance, has been awarded a grant to help the citizens of West by the Rapoport Foundation. Although part of the grant is earmarked for the “Celebrate West” event, the majority of the funds will be distributed in the form of $75 vouchers to citizens living in Zones 1, 2 and 3. Applications for the vouchers are available at First United Methodist Church of West, The First Baptist Church in West, and Church of the Assumption. Applications for the vouchers will be available Friday, June 7th.
West residents have until Tuesday, June 11th to pick up their animals being housed at the Humane Society of Central Texas. Call the Waco Animal Shelter at 254-754-1454.