One year after a series of tornadoes swept through Round Rock, the city presented ADRN with its Community Heart Award for the network’s assistance during the crisis.
Within days of the storm, about five hundred volunteers from ADRN network churches, local organizations, and the general community came together to help their neighbors clean up after the disaster. They removed debris, cleared broken branches, and hauled away uprooted trees.
“City staff was entirely focused on collecting brush from the curb and are not allowed to work on private property,” said Joseph Brehm, Director of Community Development for Round Rock. “While (Round Rock’s) Neighborhood Services works with local churches, we knew the requests would surpass our local network.”
“In reaching out to our local sources, we learned that ADRN had the largest connection to Central Texas churches who would be willing to help those in need. We are extremely appreciative, as are our citizens,” Brehm added.
While clean-up was an immediate priority for the community, ADRN also provided pallets of food, water, household supplies, financial assistance, clean-up buckets, hygiene kits, and other resources to help residents recover from the storm. Churches and volunteers in the network also provided emotional and spiritual care to survivors.
Network member Celebration Church in Georgetown mobilized dozens of volunteers in the effort.
“The Church of God could not have done this without ADRN, and ADRN could not have done this without the Church,” said Mel Stauber, Ministries Pastor for Celebration Church. “It’s incredible what we can do as the hands and feet of Jesus and the message we can bring into a community.”
Thanks to all our network churches for extending God’s love to others in need.