An Announcement

I know I’ve shared this before, but today – on International Women’s Day – it felt oh so fitting to share it again.  See, around here at YOAM, we only exist because of the relentless persistence and vivid dreaming of women and all those who gathered around them to make YOAM what it is today. …

Stories From the Field: Dick

Arlene, a member of the other mission team, and I met Dick on our last day in the Florida Keys.  We were walking through a neighborhood called “The Avenues” to encourage people to pursue case management through UMCOR, as they could pick up where FEMA left off.  The Avenues were likened to the Lower Ninth …

So How Was Your Day?

Day 5 of the YOAM effort on Big Pine Key allowed the team to see, up close, one of the most devastated neighborhoods on the Keys. The resilience of the folks who have returned is obvious but also obvious is the level of unmet needs. As one of the first teams in to begin the …

Thorough Thursday

Today, we found ourselves pulled in many directions, not that that is unusual for a Thursday in a work trip. In the morning we scrambled around Big Pine UMC, doing our best to finish up any projects left undone. (We’ll only have a half day or so at the site tomorrow, so we want to …

Faith

I am constantly haunted by the story of one of the women we met on our first trip to New Orleans, when everything was fresh, when YOAM was still operating by faith and not in our own confidence that we knew how to handle hurricane relief.  As we worked in her chilly home, wrinkling our …