In between storms PAR is often asked for help from other local nonprofit organizations. In 2014 PAR supported Lincoln Village Ministries by removing trees and large limbs that were hanging over housing properties instead of spending thousands of dollars to hire professionals. Helping this ministry save funds allowed them to better serve those in need in the Lincoln Village community.
PAR also supported the Huntsville Inner City Learning Center in 2014 by removing damaging trees on their property. Utilizing our heavy equipment helped with landscaping and construction debris removal.
In July of 2014 PAR received a call from a Paint Rock city official seeking help following a storm that was not widely reported. Straight line winds or a small tornado impacted one street in Paint Rock but about five homes needed help.
PAR made an initial deployment and finished the work on four of the homes. The last home was a huge job and the homeowner had no insurance. Two large trees on the house were penetrating the interior. The first day one tree and most of the branches on the second tree were removed, but darkness prevented removal of the large trunk off of the home. Because rain was forecast the following afternoon, a couple of volunteers were sent to tarp the roof to avoid more water damage from the gaping holes in the roof and side of the home. By God’s grace the roof was tarped just before a huge downpour of rain.
On the final deployment the large trunk was removed as well as a large tree that had been severely damaged by the storm. Three generations of the family were there to help and provide food during our work days. It was a blessing to serve and pray with a Christian family in need.
In June of 2014 north Huntsville was hit with strong storms and damaging winds. Despite no significant news coverage, calls began coming in for help due to downed trees and damaged roofs. PAR sent volunteers into the area to assess damage and deploy teams to help families recover.
Due to the small scale of the storm, the usual outpouring of support from government or large private volunteer organizations was absent. But if a tree is on your house, the scale of the storm does not matter; you need help.
PAR was there to support this “major” event to those who impacted by it. Four homes were tarped to prevent further damage until roofs could be repaired. Fallen trees were removed from roofs and yards, and also trees cut down that were severely damaged to avoid future safety issues.
In total PAR deployed five times and helped twelve families in a time of need. Victims were given prayer and encouragement in addition to physical labor. As always, it was a blessing to meet new people and serve in Jesus’ name.
On April 28th F3 tornados hit Limestone County Alabama and Lincoln County Tennessee resulting in significant and widespread damage. PAR was asked by the EMA immediately after the storms if we could deploy volunteers that night to Limestone County to clear a side road off of Highway 72 that was blocking access to several homes. PAR was able to quickly round up volunteers and head out from Huntsville that night. Travel was difficult and slow west of Athens due to downed power lines down and debris on Highway 72. PAR was able to reach the assigned location and worked that night until 2:00 A.M. clearing road debris and walking through the neighborhood to ensure people were safe. The next morning PAR would return to the area after first replacing 2 flat trailer tires caused by driving through the debris.
The daylight of April 29th highlighted the magnitude of the recovery effort required. PAR deployed 8 disaster trailers, 2 bobcats, a backhoe, and endless teams of volunteers over the next 3 months to Limestone and Lincoln Counties. Numerous roofs required tarping, downed and partially downed trees were on houses and yards. Home owners without insurance or those quickly learning what insurance wouldn’t cover were desperate for help. PAR was able to provide long term support for our neighboring counties in need due to the relatively short driving time. We are still receiving a small number of help requests and will continue to support as needed. In total PAR made over 50 disaster deployments following the storm.
The amount of work accomplished was significant, but most important were the relationships that developed and the blessing of sharing hope to those in need. One victim stated, “I thought I was alone and didn’t have any friends to help. I was wrong. I haven’t been inside a church in almost 20 years, but I will be there this Sunday.”
Another victim wrote, “There are no words to express our gratitude for the loving acts of kindness shown to our family after the tornados. PAR volunteers worked tirelessly and also gave us encouraging words, love and prayers.”