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C.O.R.E. Christians Organized for Relief Efforts
CORE Base Camp is inviting everyone with all skill levels to come help clean up and rebuild Jackson County, Mississippi and surrounding areas. CORE continues to supply tents/cots, 3 hot meals a day, showers, and all the work you can handle. The tents are heated, but they are tents and some nights it will be cold.
CORE would like to invite individuals and or churches to adopt a familys home that was devastated by Katrina. Many homes can be saved from Katrina damage and have been by CORE volunteers. In many cases insurance plus any FEMA money home owners can collect will fall short of what they need to cover rebuilding costs. Please call the CORE office 228 875 3568 and ask how you or your church can help purchase rebuilding supplies like Sheet rock, paint, ect for a family who otherwise could not afford it. CORE volunteers will continue to provide free labor.
C.O.R.E. would like to thank the 2300 volunteers that came through the camp over the last 3 months as well as St. Paul and all it’s members who have contributed countless hours and energies supporting the base camp. C.O.R.E. would especially thank St. Paul Senior Pastor Mitchell Hedgepeth for partnering with us and thank Mark Gehres who has spent day and night supporting all our needs. C.O.R.E. would like to also recognize and thank Orphan Grain Train and Chevron without both of their support the base camp would have a hard time existing.
Our 1000th volunteer
Our 2000th volunteer
From Sept 11th through December 9th C.O.R.E. volunteers have compiled approximately 85,000 volunteer work hours in Jackson County. The result of all those work hours are 213 homes cleaned and sanitized, 248 homes cleared of trees and debris, and logged several thousand volunteer work hours at two different distribution areas. For Thanksgiving St. Paul and C.O.R.E. volunteers fed 800 people at St. Paul and hand delivered 900 additional meals in the community. In addition to this there are countless stories of volunteers touching the lives of the people affected by Katrina. Teams replaced bibles that were lost, built ramps for people who could not climb steps into and out of their FEMA trailers, one team adopted the family whose house they worked on and made arrangements to fly all of them to their home for Christmas. There are countless stories of how the volunteers blessed the residents, but there are just as many stories of how the volunteers have been blessed by the residents and their service on the Gulf Coast. Please see Camp Journals for additional stories from volunteers and residents.
C.O.R.E. – Christians Organized for Relief Efforts was established by two churches from Houston, Texas to assist in meeting the needs of people hit by Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast area. Gateway Community Church and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (both located in the Clear Lake area of Houston) partnered together to provide resources to establish the Base Camp that currently sits on the property of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.
The Base Camp serves as a staging ground for church groups, community groups, and other volunteers to serve. The camp provides large air-conditioned tents, cots, meals, portable restroom facilities, etc… to meet the physical needs of volunteers who will serve in weekend and week long service projects.