Disaster and Crisis Response
Why Disaster & Crisis Response?
When disasters happen or crisis hits, real people have very desperate needs. We make it our mission to be tangible expressions of Christ in the midst of trying times. As Proverbs 14:25 says, “A true witness rescues lives.”
Often we have seen that resources to meet needs in times of disaster become tied up in bureaucracy and bottlenecks. As an organization with a history of responding to people in crisis by networking and mobilizing the local church community, Somebody Cares has a proven track-record of filling the need for a community-based, grassroots approach in times of disaster and crisis. We are an unseen thread that helps bring cohesion and form a “NET that WORKS.’ Our goal is to see churches – which are the heart of the community – empowered to reach out and be there on the ground with essential resources to meet the desperate needs of disaster survivors. To do this, we recognize we need to work with government agencies and other organizations without losing our distinctiveness.
We look to be a resource to facilitate aid directly in communities affected by disaster – all across the country and around the world!
How it works:
The Somebody Cares Disaster Response approach is that of Church-Based response. Throughout the many disasters the Somebody Cares network has been part of—from Tropical Storm Allison flooding in 2001 to the Southeast Asia tsunami to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ivan and Wilma, Superstorm Sandy, earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, wildfires, tornadoes, and floods—we’ve seen over and over again how the Church responds quickly and precisely. Even the government has taken note of this! A Homeland Security Institute report issued in December 2006, following Hurricane Katrina, states: “It was neighborhood congregations….—the local fabric of America—that appeared to have carried the day to a great degree.”
Instead of spending thousands of dollars on administrative overhead, the Somebody Cares network funnels donated funds and urgently needed resources directly to communities that are hardest hit – to be distributed by church-based volunteers who know and love their neighbors and neighborhoods. Being a tangible expression of God’s love to our neighbors means we must excel at unity, organization, and giving.
As the Body of Christ, our highest common denominator is Jesus. We were made for adversity because we were made to be the peacemakers in the midst of the storms – to bring hope in the midst of despair.
Get involved: To find out more about upcoming training events in your area, check our calendar of events! To inquire about getting training in a specific area, contact us at [email protected] (subject line: ‘disaster’) or call 713.621.1498. Become a part of the Net that Works by giving today! Donate Now!