The largest disaster of 2014 happened in our own backyard. Despite the magnitude of the damage, the flood of August 11, 2014 has received little attention. This flooding event left much of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne Counties under water. Thirty churches in the Renaissance District experienced flooding in the church building and/or parsonage. More than 130,000 households registered for FEMA assistance from the three affected counties (with 40,000 from Northwest Detroit alone).

Since beginning our work in the spring of 2015, the Northwest Detroit Flood Recovery Project (NwDFRP) has done outreach to more than 400 homes. More than 200 homes have received disaster case management services. Through creative partnerships, volunteer coordination, and generous funding from UMCOR we have coordinated the completion of much outs and reconstruction jobs. More than 50 boilers, furnaces, and hot water heaters have been inspected and replaced.

Two years has also been an opportunity for United Methodists to respond. With your help we can extend our response. The NwDFRP is funded through December 2016. However, at the rate we are working we will run out of funding for direct assistance before we run out of funds for operating expenses.

Our fundraising goal, to finish the project strong, is $50,000. These additional funds will help cover the cost of muck out materials, drywall, floor tile and subcontracted services such as plumbing, electrical, asbestos removal, and heating assessments. Your financial donations of which 100% go to direct assistance for flood survivors, will allow us to complete work on the 60+ homes in progress and to begin work on the 20+ homes on the wait list. Please make donation checks to Oxford UMC (memo line: Detroit Flood Recovery)