This year 10 ORLC sr. high youth and adults will be traveling to Clendenin, West Virgina for a week (July 15-23) of service to help the community after the devasting flood last summer. The work will be doing is based on community needs that are identified in intentional conversation through Next Step and the community. Come and hear more about this service and work on July 9th before we leave and join us on August 6th for reflection about this experience.
Below are news links about the flood last year and a report from Next Step Ministries:
“In late June 2016, massive flooding ravished through the Appalachian hills of West Virginia. Many towns were affected by the floods, however, by the grace of God, our ministry home of Rosedale, WV was passed by with very little flooding and damage. In the days after the floods, community members in Rosedale, alongside our Next Step volunteer teams put our work in Rosedale on pause and moved to neighboring towns to assist with the response efforts. For six weeks, Next Step teams “mucked” and assisted homes in nearby Clendenin, who experienced some of the worst flooding in West Virginia.
Residents of Clendenin described the “whole town” as being under water, with floodwaters reaching nearly 35 feet in areas on the community.
The storm left extensive damage but also opened the door to some beautiful new relationships in Clendenin. Because of these two factors, Next Step has made the decision to continue its relief efforts in Clendenin, WV for the summer of 2017.
All Next Step participants on summer mission trips will work alongside our friends from Rosedale in an effort to assist and support our neighbors in Clendenin. Due to the nature of response work, the specific projects are not determined at this time. However, projects will include muck-out and clean-up, interior repair work such as dry-wall and flooring and possibly new home builds or remodels.”