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World Renew - Disaster Response Services

Overview

To show God’s love and bring hope to disaster impacted communities in North America by restoring the homes and lives of those who are most vulnerable,

To help communities build their capacity to prepare for and recover from disaster,

To provide opportunities for Christians to honor the Lord by using their time, talents and financial resources in service to others.

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Full Organization Name

World Renew – Disaster Response Services

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Contact Information

Office Phone: 1.800.848.5818

24 Hour Phone: 1.616.965.2355

Fax: 1.616.726.1141

Address: 

400 – 76th St SW, Suite 17

Byron Center, MI 49315

(Headquarters in USA)

Description of Organization

What we offer

To show God’s love and bring hope to disaster impacted communities in North America by restoring the homes and lives of those who are most vulnerable,

To help communities build their capacity to prepare for and recover from disaster,

To provide opportunities for Christians to honor the Lord by using their time, talents and financial resources in service to others.

Location/Structure in Ontario:

World Renew DRS’s Regional Managers are responsible for Eastern Canada (which includes the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador). The role is to assess the need for DRS’s involvement after a disaster.

World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) responds to disasters in a variety of ways. These include the following and are made possible by volunteers.

Early Assessment

In the days and weeks immediately following a disaster, trained volunteers provide spiritual care to survivors, network with other responding organizations and gather information that will be used to plan longer term support.

Rapid Response

This phase of DRS' response addresses the clean-up needs through trained volunteers by mucking out flooded homes, removing downed trees and completing minor repairs after a disaster, especially covering roofs to protect homes from the elements.

 

Recovery

Unmet Needs assessment - An Unmet Needs Assessment is the process of conducting a community survey to identify those with unmet needs, generally several months after a disaster when the local recovery group is operational and most homeowners know the financial assistance they will be receiving from insurance and the government. This information is then used by the local recovery group to respond to and meet the needs of those in their community.

Organizational Capacity Building

This phase of DRS' response provides training and guidance to local recovery groups, equipping them to expand their ability to help disaster survivors over the long term.

Reconstruction

When a relationship is built with a local recovery group to such a degree that DRS is invited to set up a long-term reconstruction site, a contract is signed and DRS sends continuous teams of skilled construction volunteers to repair and rebuild homes.

 

Group Mission Trips

Groups of volunteers from churches, schools, families or businesses work with a local recovery group in a disaster affected area doing work from cleanup to reconstruction.

 

Community Development Consultation 

Helping local recovery organizations move from disaster response to addressing the long-term needs of their community is the last phase of DRS's work.

Construction Estimating

Trained volunteers make personal visits to homes to determine appropriate materials, skills and time required for repair and construction. This information is then provided to the local recovery group to use for planning the recovery process.

Capacity: (Human and Material Resources)

The Regional Managers role is to assess the extent of the disaster and if DRS can provide any assistance. DRS will only provide assistance at the communities’ or a LTRG’s (Local Long-term Recovery Group) request. Our Byron Center location has equipment trailers for Rapid Response and Reconstruction. All assistance is provided by volunteers. The volunteers are coordinated through our Byron center office.