As president of the Minister's Conference of Winston Salem and Vicinity, we wanted to extend a community collaboration opportunity to the City of Winston Salem, Baptist Hospital & WSSU to join the efforts of the Minister's Conference and other community partners to extend humanitarian efforts to the hurricane Harvey victims in the Houston, Beaumont, and Port Arthur areas of Texas.
I received a personal call from local pastors on the ground in Houston asking for our support to galvanize a group of volunteers to come and assist pastors in their efforts to begin the cleaning process of their churches and communities they serve there in the Houston, Beaumont, and Port Arthur areas of Texas.
We are working with a fellow Ministerial Conference in Houston and the Beaumont Texas area who are on the ground and providing real time updates to the Minister's Conference of Winston Salem. They have asked that we consider coming to assist in their clean up during the time span of Sept. 24-28. The pastors there have communicated that pastors from the Georgia area were there this past week. Pastors from Michigan area will be there this week. They are excited about the opportunity for pastors and community leaders from Winston Salem to join forces on the above-mentioned dates.
The goal is to provide 100 volunteers with an executed plan of having ten groups of ten volunteers. Within each group will be a clergy and medical attendant that will accompany each of our ten volunteer groups.
Because of our already established relationship with Baptist and the Faith health division, we desire to partner with Baptist Hospital to allocate several seats for medical attendants from Baptist and the Nursing Department Seniors of WSSU to accompany our team from Winston Salem. Additionally, we are opening the registration up to other WSSU students and community members and churches who desire to volunteer and provide humanitarian aid to the flood victims of Houston and surrounding areas.
In closing, we are working with community partners to have all the expenses covered for anyone that volunteers their time to go and provide humanitarian aid to the citizens of Houston. Additionally, all hotels within a 75-mile radius of Houston have been contracted to FEMA for displaced victims and their families. To that end, I am very excited to inform you that we have partnered with a local church in Houston, First Baptist of Houston, who has agreed to house all of our volunteers and provide a breakfast. Additionally, a box-lunch will be provided to take out with us during each day's ventures into town. Final details are being worked out.
Additionally, we are working on sponsorships for the two buses that will be needed to transport the 100 volunteers; the expenses of one of the two buses have already been covered by one partner! Any community partners or leads toward sponsorships will be greatly appreciated. In their first meeting after the summer break, the Minister's Conference affirmed this plan and are moving forward.
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Until Christ Returns,
Rev. Dr. Lamonte Williams
President, Minister's Conference of Winston Salem & Vicinity