Story and photo by Brad Shannon
Communications Associate, UMCOR Colorado Flood Recovery Team
On Dec. 3, the UMCOR Colorado Flood Recovery Team held an open house to celebrate all that we and our partners have accomplished in the past 26 months. We were graciously hosted by Pastor Stephanie Kidwell and the Long’s Peak United Methodist Church.
As our overall Flood Recovery project winds down and we phase out positions on our team, we wanted to recognize the great work we’ve all accomplished in working directly with flood survivors to help them on their path to recovery.
We enjoyed the company of 40 to 50 people at our event, including partners, clients, and other supporters and friends. Greg Forrester, UMCOR's Assistant General Secretary for Domestic Disaster Response was there, and had some kind words. He noted that this has been a rare instance in his experience where he's seen such successful cooperation between government entities and faith-based efforts.
Mike Moore, director of the UMCOR Colorado Flood Recovery project, noted that the efforts since September 2013 has been a great demonstration that ministry is not done in isolation. Our efforts have been community based, and community wide - region wide, in fact - and involved cooperation with many, many partners. It has also been a great example of work at the UMC District, Conference, and National levels to achieve all that has been done.
Mike presented each team member with a plaque recognizing their contributions to helping flood survivors recover. The UMCOR team also received a certificate of appreciation from the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
What sort of impact have you helped us make for flood survivors? As of Nov. 1 of this year, we've:
- Helped nearly 500 families with either Case Management, Volunteer Labor or Project Management services
- Coordinated the efforts of nearly 2000 volunteers, and hosted and housed more than 1000 of those volunteers
- Provided in excess of $100,000 in direct financial assistance to help meet the needs of flood survivors
- Assisted in the coordination of volunteers that gave 35,000 hours of service, valued at nearly $750,000
Our Case Managers, Pat Marrs, Maggie Roe and Melinda Ciricillo, will complete their assignments at the end of this month. Over the next few weeks they will be working hard to close the remaining cases they have. Please thank each of them for their effort, hard work and success.
Meanwhile, we still need volunteers! Deb Campbell - Volunteer Coordinator, Larry Glover - Project Manager and Mike Moore - Project Director will continue on through the middle of 2016 helping to complete outstanding work and closing out the flood recovery project. Please continue to support our remaining team members and partners into 2016.
As always, we can’t express enough gratitude for all the assistance and hard work we’ve gotten from our volunteers, partners, and staff.