The orientation meeting for recovery efforts for January 29-Feb 2 will be held Sunday, January 28 at Webster Presbyterian Church at 6:30pm. Please contact Stephanie Knea with questions at
Thank you for your interest in participating in disaster recovery efforts. Gloria Dei is proud to be partnering with The Fuller Center, Orphan Grain Train and High Socks for Hope organizations. Together, with your help, we are working to rebuild the lives of many.
HOW CAN YOU HELP WITH RECOVERY?1. Volunteer as an Individual/Group2. Donate financially, by clicking HEREHOW CAN YOU GET STARTED AS A VOLUNTEER?Complete our simple, 4-step process!
STEP 1: COMPLETE A BACKGROUND CHECKAll participants interested in serving on a disaster recovery team are required to submit a background check as a prerequisite. Participation will not be allowed without completing the background check. CLICK HERE to complete the background check form. Once you have submitted this form, continue on to Step 2.STEP 2: REGISTER TO VOLUNTEERWe need your information to get you set up to serve. The following link will take you to the Fuller Center website, where you will be asked to complete a registration form, pay the $100 volunteer fee and select your preferred location to serve. Additionally, you can indicate if you will be serving in a group, or as an individual. CLICK HERE to complete the registration form.
STEP 3: SUBMIT EMERGENCY CONTACT FORM AND RELEASE WAIVERThose volunteering in Texas are required to complete the necessary medical and liability forms prior to beginning work. Click the following links to download the forms: Emergency Contact Form and Release Waiver
STEP 4: PAY REGISTRATION FEEThe $100 registration fee covers the cost of lodging at a Fuller Center Disaster Recovery Volunteer Center, as well as Sunday-Thursday night dinners, Monday-Friday lunches, and Monday-Saturday breakfasts. After you submit the registration form (on Fuller Center's web page), a link will appear for a secure page to make your payment by credit card or by electronic funds transfer (EFT). If you prefer to make payment by check, you can mail your registration fee (within five days) to the address provided.GLORIA DEI MEMBERSIf you are a Gloria Dei member/attendee, wishing to serve on a case-by-case basis, rather than through our partnership with The Fuller Center, please click here to complete our in-house volunteer form.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When are groups allowed to arrive at Gloria Dei?Someone from our hospitality team will be at Gloria Dei at 4pm on Sunday. If you find that your travel brings you to the Houston area before 4pm we ask that you take that time to enjoy our beautiful city.
What food is provided during our stay?Meals will be provided starting with Sunday dinner. Cold breakfast is provided Monday-Saturday. Sack lunches will be assembled after breakfast Monday-Friday. Dinner-Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Where do we stay?Orphan Grain Train has provided Gloria Dei with two bunk trailers. Each bunk trailer has 2 rooms with approximately 5 bunk beds each. Mattresses and pillows are provided for each bed. You will need to bring your own sheets and pillow case.
Are there showers on site?Yes, Gloria Dei has 6 showers total; 3 in the woman’s restroom and 3 in the men’s restroom.
Are there jobs at the church that members of our group can help with?Definitely. It would be helpful if each group would designate someone to set out breakfast and clean-up, as well as someone to lay out the supplies for everyone to fix their sack lunches. Another volunteer opportunity is to help manage the supply trailer that Orphan Grain Train has provided. A clipboard is provided for tools and materials to be checked out each day. We ask that all tools be brought back to the supply trailer at the end of the work day on Fridays.
When do we find out what we’ll be doing for the week?On Sunday evening, you will gather with the volunteers from our other host church. After dinner, Fuller Center will provide an orientation for the week as well as information on job sites for the week.
Will we have a devotion time during the week?A Gloria Dei member or staff member will lead a short devotion on Tuesday and Thursday nights after dinner. After that devotion time, there will be a chance for members of your group to talk about how or where they have seen God working at the job site.
Who do we contact if we have a problem with the facility?Gloria Dei has a facility staff person on duty from 6am-9pm Monday-Friday. You can find their contact number by the front door of the Student Center. If there is an emergency after hours, you may contact Hugo, our lead facility crew member.