October 21, 2020 Update – Trip 4 – Saturday, October 24th:
Hello everyone! If you have registered to join the FinD Relief project in Grand Lake, LA this Saturday, October 24th, thank you for sacrificing one of your Fall Saturdays to make a difference in people’s lives in SW Louisiana!
All of the details for the trip on Saturday are below.
Meet at MDUMC (Memorial Drive United Methodist Church – 12955 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77079 – MAP LINK). It’s the church on Memorial that has the big annual pumpkin patch. We will gather in the parking lot at 6:30 AM on Saturday to rally, PRAY and then caravan. Leave no later than 6:45 AM. From there, we will make a 15 minute stop at Buc-Ees in Baytown (4080 East Fwy, Baytown, TX 77521 – MAP LINK) for lunch and snacks for later, waters, ice, and fuel. On our prior trips we found that most gas stations were not open for business near Grand Lake, LA. Then, set your GPS destination for Grand Lake Faith Temple (655 LA-384, Lake Charles, LA 70607 – MAP LINK). We should arrive around 9:45 AM. I-10 has had some closures on some of our past trips, so be sure to check Waze or Google Maps right when you depart for potential detours. If you choose to go on your own, please plan to be at Grand Lake Faith Temple (GLFT) no later than 9:45 AM.
When we Arrive:
Our collective goal is to arrive by 9:45 AM to 10:00 AM at GLFT. They have two parking lots. The larger, first parking lot is where you want to park. The second lot is where GLFT sets up the food delivery circle drive. It’s behind the church and will have pop up tents, etc. It should be pretty obvious. Until all of us arrive, just introduce yourselves to as many people as you can. The Senior Pastor is Kris Howerton. They all know we’re coming and are very kind folks. Sometimes there are other church groups there also helping out, too. A few of us will be dropping off supplies in our trucks to another nearby church called Grand Lake Community Church (GLCC). We will then head back over to GLFT or the selected work site.
Pastor Howerton will deploy the Debris Crew to specific sites within a few miles of GLFT. As we finish at one site, we’ll move onto the next. The Food Crew will stay at GLFT and plug in wherever possible. You will be coming alongside local congregation members to package lunch meals and then deliver them to each car that comes through. There will be plenty of times that you are standing around wondering what to do. That’s okay. Your presence, smile, conversation and prayer with people there will bring incredible hope and energy. Pastor Howerton said there are other similar opportunities nearby that may be short on manpower, so we can migrate some of our Food Crew to another nearby location if necessary.
FinD Exec Director: Clint Harrington
Debris Crew: David Marshall
Food Crew: Heather Palmer
GLFT Pastor: Kris Howerton
FinD Ministry Coordinator – Amy Harrington
What Everyone Should Bring:
FOOD SERVICE CREW: face mask, cap, and a big smile
DEBRIS CREW: steel toed boots, work gloves, sunscreen, bug spray, chainsaw oil & gas (if you’re bringing a chainsaw), first aid kit (if you have one), eye protection, and Advil for the trip home.
EVERYONE: each car should have at least one cooler of waters and/or soft drinks to stay hydrated throughout the day. Rely on your own food and beverage. The meals at GLFT are intended for locals in need, not us.
What to Wear:
Every FinD member should wear their FinD shirt and/or FinD cap. We will also try to bring the extras shirts/caps we have to the MDUMC lot and then also to GLFT. We plan to take a large group photo at the beginning and end of the day (10:00 AM and 4:30 PM). The weather forecast remains excellent for Saturday – partly cloudy and a high of 79 degrees. Less than 10% chance of rain.
It goes without saying that if 1) you have traveled outside the U.S in the last 30 days, 2) had any fever in the last 48 hours before the event, 3) have any shortness of breath, or 4) have been exposed directly to someone who has tested positive for COVID 19, you should kindly unregister from this event. No one will ask any questions and will respect your decision. Also, the Debris Crew will be using large chain saws and we have also rented a skid steer (like a bobcat tractor to haul bigger loads). People need to stay constantly alert and use LOUD voices around one another to make their presence known. On our last trip, we had a designated Safety Coordinator (thanks, Mike Suerth) who regularly “froze” us and made a safety announcement when we started getting careless. We are grateful that Mike will serve in this role again on this trip. Use common sense. Know your limits. We cannot re-landscape all of SW Louisiana in one day.
Waivers: * CURRENT ACTION ITEM *
Please click on the following link to complete our FinD, Inc. Hold Harmless Waiver. CLICK HERE This needs to be completed BEFORE you participate alongside FinD this Saturday. It will take you all of 15 seconds to complete, it’s paperless, and very user friendly.
Can I Bring Family Members or Non-FinD Friends?
Heck yeah! We need all the help we can get, but, we need focused volunteers who aren’t having to babysit younger folks. Attendees should be old enough to know how to work hard and act appropriately around hurricane damage victims that are running low on emotional strength.
When Will We Finish?
Volunteers can come and go when they please. We ask that at a minimum people come from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. FinD men are asked to come in the caravan and stay until late afternoon – around 4:30 or 5:00 PM.
On our way out of town, I need about 8 men to stop at a house in Lake Charles that’s right on the way back to Houston. We have a specific request to move a felled patio roof from the back of a residence to the front haul off area along the street. I’m not sure how heavy the roof is (aluminum, probably 15’ x 25’ ish from what I can tell in the picture). If anyone has a SAW ZAW, could you please let me know?? This could be a very quick job, but if it’s heavy, we’ll need manpower. The home owner is Eric Jones.
What have we missed here? Any further questions for now? Just let me know via direct message, not Reply to All! 😊
Thanks again to all of you for sacrificing a Saturday to give back to our neighbors in need. I’ll never forget what it was like to see thousands of Cajun Navy relief crews coming down I-10 to help us out in the Harvey aftermath.
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” – Hebrews 13:16