DANI up and running

Even though flooding was extensive last month in central Indiana, volunteer recovery work crews are also in northwest Indiana to assist survivors of January floods in the Remington, Monticello and Delphi areas.

A work team from Wesley UMC in Indianapolis was able to complete work on three projects during the week of June 8 in the Delphi area. Volunteers stayed in the Delphi Middle School Gymnasium, courtesy of the Delphi Community School Corporation. The school corporation has made the facility available to the Disaster Assistance for Northwest Indiana (DANI) volunteers throughout the summer for work teams that may need housing.

DANI Director Alan Welch of Lafayette told e-HUM, "We are in need of help with housing some long-term volunteers from outside our area. These folks might be here from two to four weeks. Some will need space for a camper or RV, and others will need a room and bath. If you can help, please contact me right away."

Welch also needs anyone with connections to local campgrounds who might be willing to provide space for these volunteers to contact him.

To contact Welch, call 765-742-4718 or e-mail welchah@gmail.com.

According to Welch, DANI currently does not have enough money to begin many construction/re-construction projects. DANI seeks donations that will assist recovery projects through this early period. Please inform Welch and forward contributions as soon as possible. DANI will not schedule projects until the director knows DANI can pay for them.

More than $29,000 has been received in cash and another $42,000 in in-kind gifts and services have been received. An additional $30,000 has been promised but not yet received.

DANI was formed this spring by United Methodist congregations, congregations of other churches and community groups as a response to the recovery needs of flood survivors in this three-county area.

Welch says DANI's overall financial need is estimated at $3 million, but leaders say they hope to reduce the cash that needs to be raised substantially with effective case management, efficient administration and volunteer labor.

If your church or organization wishes to sponsor an event with the proceeds going to DANI flood recovery efforts, Welch will send a DANI representative to the event and will supply fact sheets or brochures for distribution. Churches and organizations also can consider themselves as a Nehemiah Partner (http://daniflood.org/nehemiahpartner.htm). A PDF document of the current Nehemiah Partner brochure is available on the Web site.

A fact sheet with current understanding of the flooding recovery in the DANI region is available at the Web site: http://daniflood.org/pdf/DANIFactSheet.pdf.