A volunteer organization heavily involved in Houston-area flood relief is still looking for volunteers – for both the short-term and the long-term.
Reflecting an unprecedented scale, at least 149,000 homes in the greater Houston area have been damaged by floodwaters brought ashore by Hurricane Harvey. Eight Days of Hope is on the ground and in the water helping residents.
Steve Tybor is co-founder and executive director of the organization and is in Houston directing volunteers as they "gut" damaged houses, tearing out drywall soaked by the floods and pulling up carpet, floors, and cabinets.
"God has blessed us," he begins. "We were able to purchase a half-million dollars' of dehumidifiers and fans – and ... once we gut [homes] out we give [the homeowners] each two dehumidifiers and multiple fans to dry the house out. Then we go back and pick up the equipment, and [then] we come back and spray for mold." (See related video)
According to Tybor, Eight Days of Hope will be there for the long haul. "We're going to be in Houston at least through October 15 – so we're here for another six weeks," he shares, adding that the need for volunteers is great.
"We have already 500 people who have signed up to come here and serve with us over the last three days. The volunteering is open, it's free, we provide the food and lodging," he notes. (Volunteer here)
"If you have a heart and you want to serve people, you don't need a skill set .... You've just got to come and be ready to get dirty and have some fun and we're going to feed you really good as well."
Tybor says the destruction is massive and a bit overwhelming, but it's in God's hands and volunteers simply need to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.