San Marcos Students Find Hope in Recovery

August 14, 2018 Austin, TX – Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) continues to assist individuals (mostly students) impacted by the San Marcos Fires affecting over 100 units (approx. 200 people) and taking five lives on July 20th. ADRN continues to provide hope in the midst of recovery and meet the needs of those seeking assistance. To date, ADRN and our network of churches have responsed: 88 survivors (mostly college students) provided with Emotional and Spiritual care, given emergency financial assistance, prayed with and offered to be connected to a local church to walk with them (sponsored) 47 survivors initially requested sponsorship A gathering of Pastors was held at Promiseland, San Marcos on July 25 and pastors along with their churches united to respond to the need 2 Shepherd trainings were held in San Marcos 32 survivors have been matched with a shepherd, most of which are from that area but some from other parts of Greater Austin. 2 survivors await to be shepherded (some of the initial 47 no longer have need) DONATIONS NEEDED ADRN has distributed $17,600 in gift cards to help meet the emergency needs of these survivors; Approximately $5,500 has been raised for our General Relief fund…

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Donated Guitar Brings Hope After Harvey

August 18, 2018, Rockport, Texas – ADRN Hurricane Harvey Relief John Gonzalez played guitar in the New Beginnings Church praise band in Rockport, Texas. The sanctuary was heavily damaged from the impact of Hurricane Harvey. Both of John’s guitars, one electric and one acoustic, were inside the sanctuary at the time and received damage beyond repair. ADRN developed a partnership with New Beginnings Church in Rockport following Hurricane Harvey when ADRN put into place a Mobile Thrift Store offering clothing, shoes, disaster supplies and more for the community. It was through this relationship and ongoing effort that John’s story surfaced. Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) had recently received a special donated guitar signed by music artist Shania Twain, a Canadian singer and songwriter who has sold over 100 million records, making her the best-selling female artist in country music history. Thomas, an ADRN Disaster Relief Shepherd Coordinator, matched the donated guitar to John’s need. On Friday, August 18, 2018, Thomas made his way to Rockport from Austin, Texas with the donated guitar. John was overwhelmed with the gift! He immediately tuned the guitar and started playing a hymn. John was grateful. Hope was restored to the praise band within the…

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Ruth's Story

 Ruth’s Story: A Central Texas Flood Survivor’s Story Ruth was renting a house at 5109 Savorey Lane at the time of the flooding. She woke up at 5:00 am that morning to discover water already rising in her home. Her son and a friend were also in the home. After she woke them, they helped her to get out through a window. A neighbor saw them exiting their home and had them get on the back of their truck, barely escaping the rising waters. Ruth lost everything, and was especially troubled by the loss of her photos. She had been the one in the family to keep photos, and didn’t have a way to replace them. She found a new place to live in Del Valle, and is getting on with her life. She continues to work at the Big Lots in Oak Hill.   With the love and support of one of ADRN’s network churches, The Lake Travis Church of Christ, Ruth received emotional and spiritual care through her Disaster Relief Shepherd (DRS) to help her get back on her feet. ADRN and The Lake Travis Church of Christ, assisted her in getting a new mattress set, and with $500 given towards…

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Ruth’s Story

 Ruth’s Story: A Central Texas Flood Survivor’s Story Ruth was renting a house at 5109 Savorey Lane at the time of the flooding. She woke up at 5:00 am that morning to discover water already rising in her home. Her son and a friend were also in the home. After she woke them, they helped her to get out through a window. A neighbor saw them exiting their home and had them get on the back of their truck, barely escaping the rising waters. Ruth lost everything, and was especially troubled by the loss of her photos. She had been the one in the family to keep photos, and didn’t have a way to replace them. She found a new place to live in Del Valle, and is getting on with her life. She continues to work at the Big Lots in Oak Hill.   With the love and support of one of ADRN’s network churches, The Lake Travis Church of Christ, Ruth received emotional and spiritual care through her Disaster Relief Shepherd (DRS) to help her get back on her feet. ADRN and The Lake Travis Church of Christ, assisted her in getting a new mattress set, and with $500 given towards…

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