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Relief • Rehabilitation • Development

Almost a month removed from the tornado outbreak, Dayton’s recovery has shifted from relief to REHABILITATION. That means the way we help will shift as well. We have tools in development to help with the transition.


Next Steps: Raising 100 Volunteers

We are hoping to raise up 100 volunteer to help move tornado victims from damaged homes to apartments. The moves usually aren't large (2 rooms at most).

If you are willing and able, please send Rennes Bowers (Region 1 Elder) a text at 937-409-6432 and He will contact you with more details.


1. Recovery Relationships

We encourage you to serve families and neighborhoods that you are already connected with as recovery relationships will continue for a long while. The tools that we will be sharing next week will help our house church network to identify those who are in need of ongoing assistance and how we can come alongside.


2. Reach Out to Your Regional Elder

Contact your Regional Elder as soon as you can to communicate with them about your house church's desire to get involved and ask them if there are places other house churches in the region are getting involved.


3. Status of Donations

As Dayton moves into the rehabilitation phase, donations are no longer the pressing need for recovery. Most drop sites have closed. The Going Team spent this past week delivering the items dropped off at Apex. We are no longer accepting donations.


4. Volunteer Efforts by Location

If your house church is not connected to a family or neighborhood affected, we would ask you to connect with those who do not have the resources readily available to other communities: Trotwood, Harrison Township, Northridge, & Old North Dayton.

If you contact any of these people, they will give you up to date needs that are going on in real time. Please text before calling as many of them are getting flooded with requests for help. As you help, be safe and aware of your surroundings.

serving all areas affected

  • American Red Cross Dayton Tornado Relief - Requires registering for an account, applying and passing a quick background check. Once accepted, login to your account and sign up for shifts. Apply first - volunteerconnection.redcross.org - Currently looking for volunteers to serve at emergency shelters over the next several days, as well as resource and assistance centers as they work to provide recovery assistance. 

Northwest Dayton - Harrison Township, Trotwood

North Dayton

  • Matt Tepper: Old North Dayton (owner of Evans bakery) - 313-590-7171

  • Jennifer Evans: If you can’t contact Matt, you can reach her at - 937-228-4151 (before 3pm)

  • Kris Horlacher - Shoes4TheShoeless - Deliver shoes, socks, underwear.

Riverside

  • Ted Rastatter: Forest Ridge Baptist Church - 937-233-3080

Vandalia

These churches have relational connections with those affected and have lost everything.

  • First Light Church - 937-898-3801

  • Living Word Church - 937-454-0609

Beavercreek

  • Big Sur house church in Beavercreek is working directly with neighbors affected on a regularly basis in the evenings and invite any other house church to join them. Email Ryan Ruff - ryanjruff@gmail.com

  • Bobbie Schell: Chainsawing - University Baptist Church - 513-836-7016

  • Red Cross Location: First Baptist Church Kettering - 937-429-1671


5. Donate Funds, Donate Blood.

American Red Cross

To make a $10 donation, visit RedCross.org, call 1-800-REDCROSS or text the word RedCROSS to 90999.

The Dayton Foundation

In order to provide a rapid response to the devastation left in the wake of the tornadoes that swept through Greater Dayton and Celina on May 27, The Dayton Foundation has established the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund. The fund will allow the Foundation to quickly distribute disaster relief funds to charitable organizations that currently are working to help provide food, clothing and shelter for our friends and neighbors who are affected by these storms. Give - http://bit.ly/DFTornadoReliefFund


The Dayton FoodBank

The Dayton Foodbank is truly a staple of our community and is always in need of donations and volunteers - thefoodbankdayton.org


The Community Blood Center

Blood donations are in urgent need and can be made through The Community Blood Center - www.donortime.com.


We are the church and we shine brightest in situations like this. Let’s join arms with Jesus-loving churches and many others around us to bring His hope to those who are struggling right now! If you have more questions, please contact our Going Team at going@apexcommunity.org. 


The Lord will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.
Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
— Isaiah 58:11-12