West Heights UMC has partnered with the Oklahoma Disaster Response ministry to assist Oklahoma families in long-term recovery after natural disasters. There are families still recovering from 2013, 2015 and 2016 disasters across the state. With the ice storms of 2017, there will be families looking for recovery in 2017. Families that for one reason or another are not able to recover on their own. This ministry follows the motto: to do what we can for as many as we can. They have the organizational structure and staff to ensure a great experience for each volunteer team. Their Project Managers review each project, purchase materials, provide tools, and will guide the team so they are successful in bringing the disaster survivor closer to recovery. They also take good care of us while we are there, including lunch and sometimes dinner at a local church. Our trips to Oklahoma City have been short in length and sometimes involve an overnight stay for one or two evenings. We have stayed at Grace UMC in Oklahoma City and have very much enjoyed their hospitality. To learn more about their disaster response efforts, please click here. If you have questions about this Mission Program, please click here.
Requirements To Serve
Anyone 16 years old and older can participate in one of these long-term recovery mission trips. You do not need any specific skills, only a heart willing to serve. You will be trained to perform the work needed or tasks will be matched to your skills. Either way, you will be a contributor! Generally, there is a small cost per person to help pay for expenses ($50-$100).
Opportunities To Serve
We try to take one or two of these trips a year. If you are interested in this kind of mission experience, please contact us here. To see what service opportunities are coming up soon, please click here!
Where We Meet
Meeting before we depart is unpredictable and varies depending on the situation. Should we decide to meet at the church, the map below will point you to our location.
Would you like to see people in action serving God through OK disaster recovery efforts? Check it out below!
6 people served 84 hours doing exterior caulking and painting and replacing drywall for an OKC homeowner hit by a tornado
6 people served 177 hours replacing trailer skirting, building a new deck, replacing exterior siding and painting for 3 homeowners hit by a tornado