Good News April 24th
Thursday, April 24th, 2014 @ 4:38PM
Message from the Director
Summer 2014 Volunteer Campaign
When I accepted the position of Executive Director of West, TX Foundation in February, a tremendous amount of work had already been completed in West. As a result of the generosity of countless organizations, individuals, and foundations from across the state and nation, by the end of Spring Break a majority of the demolition and clean-up had been completed. But there is still a significant amount of work to be done. Last week was a long emotional week for the entire West Family. However, on Sunday we were each reminded of those three little words that change everything: HE IS ALIVE. What does this new life mean? To me it’s a calling. Death was defeated, and this new life is contagious. It cannot be denied, giving light where there is only darkness, and joy where there is despair. This new life gives us hope. And, in return, we are called to do the same. We are called to be the hands and feet of Christ. We are called to provide hope. Help send a message of Hope. Join us for the Summer 2014 Volunteer Campaign. Let’s rebuild West. We need 2500 man hours each week throughout the summer to complete our summer construction projects. To join us for Summer 2014 or for more information contact Suzanne at firstname.lastname@example.org or 254-826-4650.
Devotedly yours in Christ,
•To date over $1.6 million in funding has been approved.
•Building materials and supplies including plumbing fixtures remain available through caseworkers.
•The Salvation Army has partnered with West Long Term Recovery to begin a voucher program for those families in need of new furniture and appliances from West Furniture. Thus far the Salvation Army has funded $53,219 in vouchers. If you have a need for furniture or appliances or would like more information, please contact your case worker.
•Case management has now closed 358 cases. Total open cases 308.
•The City of West has issued 28 Certificates of Occupancy and 205 building permits.
•While Habitat for Humanity has approved its first home in West, the organization hopes to partner with several additional families, including families who may not qualify for services elsewhere. They are currently seeking lots to build on and additional families who desire to partner for homeownership. Again, these families need not qualify for services through the LTRC. Please contact either Habitat in Waco or Suzanne at West LTRC for more information.
•There is a tree located at the nursing home lot on Reagan Street that has been decorated with stars, from prior West Rest Haven residents with messages of hope. Join the nursing home residents and prepare a message of hope for the tree. Stars for the Tree of Hope are available at local churches and at the LTRC.
•West LTRC will have a garage sale on Saturday, May 3rd from 9am until noon. All proceeds of the sale will benefit the Victim’s Assistance Fund.
•Dr. Carrie Caviness at the Baylor University Audiology Clinic is still able to provide state of the art diagnostic audiological testing. However, the clinic has distributed all of the hearing donated to benefit the West community. There is still an opportunity to receive hearing aids for those who apply and qualify. For more information contact Dr. Caviness at 254-710-2568.
•STARRY Counseling Services are still offering free counseling for children up to age 17 and their families. They are located at 3001 W. Waco Dr. Suite B, in Waco Monday through Thursday 9-5 and Friday 9 to noon. Call them at 254-399-6552.
•Private crisis counseling in West remains available through your case manager. Two options are also available. Counselors are available in the trailer behind the Long Term Recovery building by calling 254-644-5456. The Baylor University Psychology Clinic in Waco is still available offering 12 free psychotherapy sessions to anyone affected by the West explosion. The clinic is located at 801 Washington Street. Contact them at 254-710- 2568.