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COVER: Volunteers from Samaritan’s Purse say a prayer with flood victim Bonnie Nava after helping to clean up her San Marcos home on June 20. PHOTO by JOCELYN AUGUSTINO.

FROM STAFF REPORTS

World Renew, a Christian nonprofit organization that has assisted disaster response and rehabilitation efforts around the world, will open field offices in Hays and Blanco counties to assess flood survivors’ unmet needs on behalf of the Blanco River Regional Recovery Team (BR3T).

flood of 2015 icon blue“We know that despite assistance provided by FEMA, SBA and the many volunteer groups such as the Austin Disaster Relief Network, Red Cross, Salvation Army and local organizations, many of those affected by the disaster are only recently understanding the full impact of their losses,” said James Gabriel, an emergency management consultant serving as the recovery team’s executive director. “It is the mission of the BR3T to assist those with unmet needs by helping with rebuilding, providing home furnishings, emotional and spiritual care or by providing volunteers to help residents in the four counties recover.”

People impacted by the Memorial Day Weekend flood in Blanco, Hays, Caldwell or Guadalupe counties — whether or not they are already receiving assistance from other sources — are encouraged to meet with World Renew volunteers while they are on the ground in Central Texas this month, Gabriel said.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based organization will go door-to-door in the hardest-hit areas as well as staff three intake centers between Sept. 14 and Sept. 25.

San Marcos

801 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., San Marcos

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14 to Friday, Sept. 17

Noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18

9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 19

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Sept. 21 to Friday, Sept. 25

Wimberley

200 Stillwater Street, Wimberley

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14 to Friday, Sept. 17

Noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18

9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 19

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Sept. 21 to Friday, Sept. 25

Blanco

312 Pecan Street, Blanco

9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 19

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Sept. 11

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 23

Residents do not need to make an appointment to visit the intake centers. Spanish and American Sign Language interpreters will be available upon request.

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