These are exciting days for the 4B Disaster Response Network!
Since our inception in the fall of 2017, our organization has been hosted by the City of League City. Initially, we were in the old Kroger location at FM 518 and I45. When that property sold, the City allowed us to use space in a city-owned facility located at FM 518 and Park Avenue.
Ryan Smith, Information Technology Director for the City, served as our contact and was a gracious and thoughtful friend to the 4B DRN. The City never charged us rent or utilities on the two facilities we occupied. The City has been the perfect partner and host.
In late 2020 it became apparent to the City that the space we occupied was needed for more expanded city services. Always gracious, they allowed us as much time as we required to find a suitable location and to make the transition.
On Thursday, April 15th, we moved our last bit of materials and tools out of the League City facility and relocated to our new home in Texas City.
In 1939 Heights Baptist Church was established in Texas City. Renamed New Life Fellowship in the present century, its campus sits at 2700 Texas Avenue (aka FM 1765). After learning we needed to relocate, I contacted the leadership at New Life Fellowship and began discussing the possibility of making use of the Terry Building, a stand-alone gym/office/classroom/kitchen facility on the church campus.
Deacons James Owen and Michael Amormino served as the point persons for the church and met with our Leadership and Board of Directors on several occasions as both groups prayed for the Lord’s direction and wisdom. On January 31st both parties came to an understanding that the 4B DRN would utilize the Terry Building as our base of operations. The 4B DRN will be responsible for repairs and improvements and will serve the community as an expression of the ministry of New Life Fellowship.
Early in 2021, the Moody Foundation provided a $75K grant specifically for the transition and renovation of the facility. Preparations began slowly but kicked into high gear as moving day approached. Aided by 18 graduating seniors and 4 teachers from University Christian School of Jacksonville, FL, serious demo work began on April 12th. There are several more months ahead of us as we replace the roof, provide mold remediation, and repurpose the footprint of the facility for our use.
As the Lord provides the resources our goal is to turn this facility into a “full-service disaster response center”. The metal structure allows for the expansion of the kitchen and bathrooms to accommodate volunteer groups who come to our area to assist in the aftermath of a disaster. Space that once served as offices and classrooms will be transformed into sleeping and training areas for volunteers. Should the Lord allow, we are looking to form a partnership with the city and county governments to make this facility a vital part of disaster recovery for the entire 4B Area.
We are already launching teams from the Texas City location to clean up “Winter Storm” damage to some 60+ homes in the area. We will soon resume our work on area homes that were damaged by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. With our new location in “mid Galveston County” we are ideally placed to serve all of our communities.
How can you be a part of what the Lord is doing in and through the 4B DRN?
- PRAY – for the continued opportunities for us to be the “hands and feet” of Christ in our communities, providing tangible assistance and encouragement to our
- SERVE – alongside other volunteers Tuesday thru Saturday each week as we are invited into the homes of our neighbors in order to meet their needs.
- GIVE – sacrificially so that others may be blessed. Our monthly operating budget is $25K and with the Winter Storm response, ongoing Hurricane Harvey work, and the renovation of the new facility, we need four times that amount in order to answer the requests we receive daily.
Information on all three of these opportunities can be found at www.4bresponse.org
The physical address for the new location is 15 27th Street North, Texas City, 77590. Feel free to drop by and visit as you have the opportunity. When we near completion on the renovation, there will be a more formal “open house” opportunity announced.
These are exciting days indeed for the 4B Disaster Response Network. Come be a part of what God is doing.