Five members of the Tehachapi Church of the Nazarene are starting their journey to help a family affected by Hurricane Harvey. They will start on Saturday, Sept. 9, and travel to Orange, Texas.
A contractor — who wishes to remain anonymous — is also offering five workers to help repair a house. They are bringing a truck and trailer to help along with other necessities.
"We decided to work with one of our congregants that has a construction company and go down and try to do in a week a makeover and get it ready for them to move back in,” said Pastor Rob Brooks of Tehachapi Church of the Nazarene.
In making this decision, the church coordinated with other members and the Nazarene Compassionate Ministry to help rebuild a house for a family of four who are living in a fifth-wheel trailer. Their 2,600-square-foot home had up to two feet of water throughout. It now has been drained, but the family needs help repairing the structure due to not having insurance.
The team of 10 people plan to repair the house as much as possible for a week.
The church has raised $2,500, plus an undisclosed amount from a contractor. The Tehachapi Church of the Nazarene will also have second offerings collected each month for the project.
"We just want them to get back in their home," Brooks said.
Members of the Tehachapi Church of the Nazarene asked what could be done to help others of the same faith that have been afflicted by the hurricane. They decided that prayer, donations and now this effort to help rebuild a home are the best things to do.
Mary Beth Garrison, a volunteer for the project, said, ”I’m very excited about it.”
Brooks said many people from the outside wonder why others live in a high-risk area. He said that sometimes there isn’t an option to move because of lack of funds. This is why help is needed, and to help even one family is moving in the right direction to assist humanity.
Anyone who would like to donate or volunteer can contact Pastor Rob Brooks at 661-822-4426 or go to tnaz.org.