Read about SI's flood relief work in Missouri.

Spring Brings Hurricane Help
Bringing Relief to Victims of Hurricane Ike

Update: April 2009
For most young people, Spring Break is party time. But this year, 230 high school students from Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas traveled by bus to Port Bolivar Peninsula, Texas not for a week of play, but for a week of work. They came together to help people who are still trying to recover from Hurricane Ike, which struck the Galveston area last September.

The volunteers worked hard: gutting and cleaning water-soaked houses and clearing tons of debris from rooftops and yards and from Ft. Travis State Park. They stayed for one week in March and left behind grateful homeowners and communities.

If you or your group is interested in being part of Service International's relief work—here at home or around the world—call us at 636.532.2446.


Update: January 2009
As of December 31, 2008, SI volunteer teams have completed 98 projects as they work to help hurricane victims in the Galveston and San Leon areas. Galveston County is providing funding for SI's relief work in Ft. Bolivar, and SI is now scouting that region for a new base of operations.

Hurricane Ike was the third most destructive U.S. hurricane of all time, behind Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Although there is never a good time for a hurricane, Ike came at a particularly bad time. It charged into Texas on September 13, 2008, six weeks before the presidential election, when campaign issues and candidates dominated the news and hurricanes came second.

When Ike made landfall in Galveston, Service International's disaster relief volunteers were already at work in Louisiana helping victims of Hurricane Gustav. The day after Ike came ashore, a team of volunteers in St. Louis packed up the rest of SI's vehicles with tools and supplies and caravaned to Louisiana where they waited for Texas authorities to give the okay to come into the state.

Since September 19, SI has been working in San Leon, a particularly hard-hit community on Galveston Bay. To date, SI volunteers have completed more than 16 tree-removal and yard clean-up projects and about 73 demolition projects involving houses and trailers. Teams have also gutted and cleaned up ten buildings, including the trailer park and restaurant where SI has established its base of operations. So far, SI has provided nearly 1180 man hours — the equivalent of $127,500 — toward clean-up efforts in Texas.


There's still more work to be done. Currently SI is working on three projects with 24 others pending. The holidays are not ideal times for volunteers to travel to disaster zones, but the folks in Texas are extremely grateful for all the help they can get.

If you, your family, or your group would like to give some hard work and comforting encouragement to the victims of Hurricane Ike, please call Service International at 636.532.9008 and we'll work out all the arrangements. At its Texas base of operations, SI provides sleeping accommodations, delicious meals, and care for our wonderful volunteers.

Today is always a good time to help.

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Hurricane Relief Updates
September, October & November, 2008

November 21, 2008 — Service International continues to send hurricane relief teams to Texas. To find out how you can help, call SI at 636.532.9008.

October 28, 2008 — Service International is planning a trip to Texas to do clean-up work in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. If you are interested in volunteering or if your group or organization would like to send a team with Service International, we will be happy to help you with the arrangements. Call Service International at 636.532.9008 or send us an email.

October 10, 2008 — SI's Advance Team continues its work in Texas, setting up a base of operations for Service International equipment, vehicles and volunteer relief teams. The first rapid response team deployed on September 20. The team has already moved SI's disaster relief equipment and vehicles from Baton Rouge, LA, to Texas in preparation for Hurricane Ike disaster relief work. Dates for this work will be published here on our website as they become available. Please call 636.532.9008 or send us an email if you want to be added to SI's contact list for upcoming relief trips to Texas.


September 18, 2008 — SI's Advance Team is now in Texas investigating opportunities to help people in the wake of Hurricane Ike. Currently, SI's disaster relief equipment is in Baton Rouge, LA, where volunteer teams have already invested $150,000 worth of labor removing trees and debris from 35 sites. In light of the extreme devastation in Texas and Louisiana, Service International has made the decision to continue working in the Gulf Coast area at this time. Stay tuned for more information, updates, and photos from the stricken region.


September 12, 2008 — In the wake of Hurricane Gustav, SI continues to send disaster relief volunteers to Baton Rouge, LA, where nearly half of the homes are still without power and hundreds of downed trees cover streets, yards, and buildings. Get involved. Call Service International at 636.532.9008. Stay tuned for on-the-scene reports and photos.

Service International Sends Disaster Relief Team to Baton Rouge
Team Departed SI Headquarters Wednesday, September 3

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September 3, 2008 — SI's Rapid Response team is now in Baton Rouge to help home and business owners clean up after Hurricane Gustav. The team of 12 volunteers caravaned together, driving seven trucks and trailers filled with tools, equipment, generators, and water.

Initially the team will clear trees and debris from streets and buildings and cover damaged roofs with tarps. At this time, it's reported that power is still out in the region. Service International will continue to monitor the situation in the hurricane damage zone and expects to send more disaster relief teams in the coming weeks.

For information or to make a donation, call Service International at 636.532.9008.