Project Highlight: Michigan, USA
Recovery from a natural disaster takes time—a long time. While there is often an abundance of help in the first days and weeks after disaster strikes, support dwindles as time marches on, yet survivors continue to struggle to recover. Your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing help communities over the long-term. They support training programs like the one that occurred in Warren, Michigan, last December.
Thousands of homeowners were still struggling to recover long after devastating flooding struck Southeastern Michigan in August 2014. Three months after the flood about 900 homes still needed mucking out—the first step in the recovery process.
The training event helped faith and community leaders to learn about the long-term recovery process. The daylong workshop was provided for free and covered topics such as disaster case management, volunteer management, construction management and emotional and spiritual care.
These types of events allow communities to take control of the recovery process and adapt it to meet their own needs. With outside support, they can work together in the months, and often years, ahead to rebuild and find their new normal after unthinkable disaster.