A Message from John L. Fiegel: Midwest Natural Disasters
Dear Rebuilding Together Supporters,
On behalf of the Rebuilding Together Network, I would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to our families, friends, and neighbors experiencing devastating losses due to the tornadoes in Oklahoma and the recent and continued severe storms and flooding in the Midwest.
Rebuilding Together has been in communication with affiliate leaders from affected areas and assessing needs and capacity. We are also communicating with agencies such as NVOAD (National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), which is coordinating an effective and efficient response as part of the larger disaster recovery community.
Rebuilding Together recognizes the critical need to assist those whose homes have been damaged or destroyed by natural disasters. As a national nonprofit working to provide safe and healthy housing for low-income homeowners, we know all too well that they are among the most vulnerable in times of disaster and have the most limited resources when it comes time to rebuild.
To be clear, Rebuilding Together is not a first responder organization. There are many other dedicated and hardworking organizations who are experts in addressing the immediate and short term needs of communities that have found themselves in harm’s way. We have joined with these organizations as a member of NVOAD to represent and address the long-term recovery needs faced by our homeowners and the communities where they live.
We will need your immediate and continuing support. We are accepting donations for our Disaster Recovery fund in anticipation of massive and ongoing rebuilding needs in Oklahoma. Community starts at home; please help us help others as they work to rebuild.