Ken and Sena Vanderheide, along with three other couples from the Christian Reform World Relief Committee, will be in those areas giving out questionnairess in those areas. CRWRC is working closely with the local Interfaith Team on this project.
They arrived in Cherokee County Thursday, Feb. 6, and will remain in the area until the job is done.
“Based upon the answers from the questionnaires, the local Interfaith team will decide who they can help and when they can help, depending on the funds they have,” said Vanderheide. “ If we finish up with our surveys Wednesday, we are moving over to other areas affected by the storm, including Curry and Carbon Hill.”
Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., CRWRC consists of volunteers from across the country. CRWRC was started in 1962 and now helps out in some 27 countries.
“It’s not just with disasters, but we help citizens of those areas develop self-sufficiency in farming, we help them dig water wells and things along that line,” said Vanderheide.
The Cherokee Interfaith Recovery Organization was established as a result of the tornado that devastated Cherokee County Nov. 10. The Cherokee Interfaith Recovery Organization expects to provide long-term assistance for unmet needs.
The mission of the Interfaith Recovery Organization is to assist the survivors, develop and implement a recovery plan based on the resources available to them. The goal of the Cherokee County Interfaith Recovery Organization is to assist survivors by meeting their unmet needs in order that the survivor may return as quickly as possible to a pre-disaster status.
The Vanderheides and the other couples will probably begin Monday morning between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and proceed along the path of the tornado toward the state line.
“One couple will start close in, another couple out further, and another on the far end,” said Vanderheide.
For more information, contact the Rev. Danny Flora, director, Cherokee Baptist Association, at (256)927-5016