“Mormon Helping Hands” Teams Helping Local Neighborhoods With Hurricane Ike Recovery
Mormon Helping Hands teams have been busy in the days since Hurricane Ike helping several local neighborhoods, including West U., clean up debris and cover leaking roofs with tarps.
The volunteers, many of which had damaged homes and were still without power, are from the Houston Texas South Stake, which covers parts of Fort Bend and Harris counties.
Houston South Stake President Gifford Nielsen said the volunteer efforts have been beneficial to all. “Serving our neighbors in need has been an outstanding experience for the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” he said. “There are a lot people who’ve been devastated by Hurricane Ike, and we are seeing an incredible outpouring of love as neighbors help neighbors. We have been taught to love the Lord and love our neighbor and we want to express that love through service.”
The Hands teams conducted recovery efforts with about 150 church members participating each day. Other Houston-area stakes are also conducting Helping Hands activities. Those efforts are planned to continue for the next several months as hundreds of volunteers arrive from around the state.
Areas in which the Mormon Helping Hands volunteers have worked to date include Southwest Houston, Sugar Land, Stafford, Missouri City, Braes Heights, Alief, Mission Bend, Memorial, Spring Branch, the Medical Center, Bellaire, West University, Arcola, Fresno and Sienna Plantation.
Billie Childress of Braes Heights was among those who benefited from the project. Childress, whose husband died last month, had trouble finding someone to remove debris at reasonable price.
“They have been fantastic,” she said. “They are unbelievable. They are a blessing.”