Stories from the Field: Jane

Jane’s story begins with another couple.  As Irma’s path became more decidedly set for the Keys, a couple who lived in a trailer near the end of Little Torch Key asked if they could ride out the storm in their church, Big Pine United Methodist Church, fearful of what would happen to their home.  Jane …

Home for the Holidays

Being Thanksgiving Eve, I can’t help be get excited for the holidays to be upon us.  This is an exciting time of year for most, but I’ve found it can also leave many feeling cold and empty.  For the people of the Florida Keys, I am devastated to think that repairs on their houses will …

It’s Not Repaired Yet?

As I’ve shared with people the past several days that YOAM is preparing to be one of the first teams allowed into the Florida Keys to begin housing repairs, I’ve overwhelming gotten the same response over and over, “Oh man, you mean they haven’t even started yet?  I thought for sure it was done by …

Why You Shouldn’t Send Clothes

Many people don’t remember the flood Nashville, TN experienced in May 2010.  For me, it triggered horrific flashbacks to my work in New Orleans with YOAM.  My beloved city was literally underwater. Nashville banded together and recovered fairly quickly, though the storm did more than $2 billion in damage, according to some reports.  But to …

What is a Home?

YOAM is no stranger to the realities of loss and devastation, having been in the disaster relief business for over a decade, now.  Nevertheless, I can’t help but ache with every new worksite on which I find myself.  Each of the walls I remove held families within them, witnessed memories as they were being made, …