who we are

Who We Are

COREChristians 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.


CORE Base Camp is a staging platform to organize and mobilize thousands of volunteers to serve in Jackson and Harrison County. Volunteers are coming from all over the United States giving days and weeks of their time to serve everyday people as they help them clean up their homes.

CORE Base Camp can house up to 450 volunteers per night.  God has blessed this ministry as it has been filled to capacity many times. In fact, the camp has provided over 150,000 volunteers hours… hours spent on homes, churches, and day care centers in the gulf coast region.

The need for mobilization

In addition to physical needs, the base camp is a staging platform for the actual service projects.  Volunteers are divided into teams and led by local coordinators. Today, people in the county can call a local number and put in a request for a work crew to assist in cleaning up the devastation in and around their homes.



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CORE Base Camp

What started as an idea to put up one large tent to stage and organize volunteers, quickly exploded to a huge housing and mobilization operation.  Today, we have 21 tents (all air-conditioned / heated) with 450 cots at the CORE Base Camp to house volunteers traveling from across the country to serve the people of the Gulf coast region.

The Base Camp is intended to be self-contained. Our desire is to operate without any strain on those we serve

Sleeping Tents

Most of our sleeping tents are Russian tents donated by Russia, who along with China and other countries made significant donations of equipment to assist in recovery efforts. These Russian tents sleep 10 people.  We also have a  two 20 x 20 tents that will house 12 – 14 people each as well as one 40 x 40 tent that will accommodate a group up to 48. All tents are set up by gender.

Reservations for tents and cots are made through the base camp office.

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Community Tent

Thanks to The Orphan Grain Train for the use of a giant 4,000 sq. ft. tent that serves as our community tent. This is where we meet for work assignments in the morning as well as gather after a long day to visit and relax. It’s also where we have our daily morning devotions and our weekly worship. By the way, The Orphan Grain Train has stepped up in a huge way to support the operation of this ministry. Thanks guys!


We currently have portable showers and shower trailers with hot and cold water. Units are designated for women and men.


We currently have twenty portable restrooms. These port-a-potties are serviced frequently and are probably the cleanest port-a-potties you have or will ever use.



We have some awesome volunteers from across the country who come in each week to provide hot meals for all our volunteers. Meals are prepared and servedin the church (St. Paul) adjoining the camp.  Anyone interested in bringing a kitchen crew to serve for a week should contact the C.O.R.E. office.


St. Paul United Methodist Church

St. Paul United Methodist Church has made a tremendous investment to relief efforts as well as the CORE Base Camp. In addition to turning over their new multi-million dollar facility for relief efforts, they have provided “free of charge” their property for the base camp, as well as their kitchen facilities to feed volunteers.  St. Paul has demonstrated true service to the community and we greatly appreciate their commitment to help others. They also provide the kitchen as well as space to feed volunteers 3 meals a day.

Volunteer Coordination

Each morning, work crews gather at the community tent for work assignments. Each crew will have a crew chief who will lead them in the day’s activities. A wide range of duties are available to volunteers. See “volunteer information”