Volunteers bring help, hope, and joy to flood victims
Throughout this month, over 600 volunteers have come to Estes Park to help wherever they are needed. And every Friday there has been a “shindig” in one of the hardest hit communities. Starting early in the morning, workers flood one designated site and help with those BIG projects that seem insurmountable. The work is hard, but sharing it with many hands lifts the spirits of all involved. Last Friday, everyone congregated in Glen Haven. And after a morning of physical labor, what could be better than a meal, live music, and friends? The atmosphere was joyous for volunteers and locals alike. A team of eight from Clear Lake, Iowa was finishing up a week of work and a team of seven college students from Hays, Kansas had just arrived after finding this service opportunity on-line. Both of these teams were busy with the never-ending debris removal along streams and the mucking out of homes with mud still in lower levels and in crawl spaces.
Glen Haven, like Big Elk Meadows and Drake, is still a long way from restoration, but there is some progress being made. Sonja McTeague reported that she was back in her home exactly six months from the date of the flood. Small propane trucks are now able to get to a few homes to fill tanks and allow some residents to go home. With roads still designated as temporary, all of these people know there will continue to be closures for repairs. But in response to that reality, several commented, “Being home is worth it, even if we have to walk out sometimes!”
Assist teams will continue to help and Crossroads is still distributing funds to people in need. Contact Assist@RockyMountainChurch.com if you need help with a project. Place a call to Crossroads at 970-577-0610, if you need to speak to a case manager about a short term need.
If you would like to help in anyway, contact the Assist Team at Rocky Mountain Church that continues to coordinate all work groups. If you would like to donate money, Crossroads is still receiving funds at P.O. Box 3616, Estes Park, CO 80517. As of March 24, Crossroads has given out 629 assists totaling $272,203; but many people are still a long way from getting back home and returning to a “normal” life.