WinstonStrong holds brief resource meeting

By Daniel Brunty
Winston County Journal

The community-based recovery fund “WinstonStrong” held its weekly resource meeting at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Louisville this past Thursday, July 31

at 2:30 p.m.
WinstonStrong Executive Director Bro. Mike Dowd was not present at this meeting, and Executive Board member Lisa Luke was on hand to facilitate. After the introductions were done, Luke gave a brief update regarding the fund.
Luke reminded everyone of the upcoming arrival of World Renew on August 4. The organization will be conducting needs assessments throughout Winston County. These assessments will be critical to the recovery process because these assessments are more in-depth and will determine the release of some funds for the recovery process. The members of World Renew will be staying at Legion State Park, and they will be set up in three walk-in locations, including:
• Center Ridge Church – Wednesday, August 6th; 9-4; Friday, August 8th; 9-4
• Liberty Baptist Church – Monday, August 11th; 9-4; Wednesday, August 13th; 9-4
• First United Methodist Church – Tuesday, August 5th from Saturday, August 9 from 9-4; Monday, August 11th from Wednesday, August 13 from 9-4
Items that are needed for World Renew Walk-In Centers: Cleaning products, Paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, cups, napkins, trash bags), Bottled water, and Food.
Luke then gave the Finance & Funding report, stating that as of July 28 the CBRG disaster fund had a total of 334,879.
Next to address the members was Volunteer Coordinator Hubert Yates, who gave his weekly report. Yates stated that over the past week they had 105 volunteers that completed five heavy equipment demolition jobs, six fine debris cleanups, one salvage project, and one warehouse project. He then stated he did not have the man hours totaled at the present time.
Yates informed everyone that going into the assessment phase, they have seen a decrease in volunteers. He also mentioned several crews were in the process of repairing, as well as Mennonite Disaster Services will be leaving for a total of four weeks. They will return after that time, and Yates said they will average 24 volunteers a day to help the Mennonites.
“We continue to need volunteers,” Yates said. “We have a number of different jobs in various areas.”
Once he completed his presentation, Case Manager Coordinator Millie Jordan gave her report. Jordan stated they now have 24 repair cases, 30 rebuild cases, and 23 miscellaneous cases. “Again, 85 percent of these cases will need everything in their house,” Jordan said. “Anything that you have in your house, they are going to need it also.”
Jordan stated she had received a referral list from FEMA, which will add more cases to their total. Jordan said they are in need of volunteers with the absence of Mennonite Disaster Services upcoming. Jordan also referred to what was needed specifically in some of their cases.
“This lady needs furniture, living room set, dining room set, stove, refrigerator, washer & dryer, pots & pans, and everything else,” Jordan said. Jordan also stated they had a need for volunteers who are willing to move and deliver items to those who need it.
Yates also mentioned that the Volunteer Operations Center warehouse $63,000 worth of tubs, showers, and ceramics. Winston Baptist Association and First Baptist Church paid the freight charges to receive the shipment, which was right around $6,000. Yates also stated he needed $1,000 to pay the freight charge for 312 bags of compressed blow-in insulation worth around $15,000.
He then mentioned that the warehouse is supposed to receive 10 sets of washers & dryers as well as two refrigerators.
Next to address the members was Crisis Counseling/Emotional & Spiritual Care Pastor Stacey Parvin. Parvin reminded everyone of the Pilot Club’s Christmas in July Party being held later that evening, and encouraged everyone to attend if possible. She stated that with the school year about to start, she and others will be visiting the schools to let them know that they will be there to assist with any child who may have emotional needs.
Parvin then mentioned that she is working with Lutheran Disaster Response, and are working on a grant to start some kids’ camps and after-school programs. She also wanted to ask everyone their opinion on how they can reach people in the county, and if they had any ideas to let her know.
“WinstonStrong” will hold their next resource meeting on August 7 at 2:30 p.m. at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Louisville.