With a poverty rate of 29%, Port Arthur, Texas was among the poorest communities along the Texas Gulf Coast before Hurricane Harvey, and in the year since, it has struggled to recover from the 60.5 inches of rainfall that left almost the entire city of 55,000 underwater. Home to one of the nation’s largest concentrations of oil refineries, Port Arthur was still recovering from hurricanes Rita in 2005 and Ike in 2008 when it was inundated by Harvey in August 2017.
The storm caused as much as $1.3 billion in damage in Port Arthur. Despite 80% of the housing being damaged, the city trails many others along the Gulf Coast in rebuilding.
REBUILDING.....homes, hearts, souls.....that’s what this trip is about.
What type of work will we do?
Construction: Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Arthur, TX is coordinating reconstruction efforts of mucked out homes that are within a 10-20 minute drive of the church. Materials will be on site -- we provide labor. Mission trip assignments are very fluid, so worksites will be evaluated on a daily basis and crews adjusted accordingly. It’s even possible that other types of work may be necessary. If you are willing to be flexible, learn, and share the love of Jesus Christ, then get registered!
ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE NEEDED and WELCOME!
NOTE: If you have asthma, COPD, or other respiratory concerns, it is NOT recommend that you participate in reconstruction at this time.
Outreach: Volunteers will assist at local non-profits in the area.