“But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” ~ Matthew 23:11-12

This year, IOCC has a lot to be thankful for, including incredible volunteers who donate their time helping us respond after a disaster. After back-to-back hurricanes, we had a tremendous amount of help from people like you.

When disaster strikes, survivors often need help removing debris, tearing down water-soaked walls, or ripping out buckled floors. Our Emergency Action Team volunteers help families achieve immediate stability while getting homes ready to be dried out and repaired.

Chuck Breitsprecher is an Emergency Action Team volunteer that we can count on to respond when called. After his first deployment, to Fayetteville, NC, in 2016, Chuck said this: “My first day, I was shocked at the sight of people's destroyed belongings outside and massive piles of other debris that had been removed from their soaked homes. Despite this, as we drove around to survey the damage, we were greeted by folks smiling and waving to us. We were the hope for what once seemed like a hopeless situation.”

Most recently, Chuck joined us in Houston for an extended period, leading teams and providing encouragement to homeowners who had lost so much. “It’s so meaningful to be a part of this; it’s hard to put into words. It’s humbling,”  said Chuck about his deployment to Houston.

Because of the hard work put in by our Emergency Action Team members and IOCC staff, we cleaned out over 50 homes in Texas and Florida. We’re so thankful for Chuck and others like him who are part of IOCC’s work.