UPDATE 2/20/14: Tornado Recovery in Washington, Illinois
Phase 2 accepting volunteer registrations for Saturday, March 15
LCC Disaster Response site coordinator in Washington, Illinois, Trent Davis, gives an update on the end of Phase 1 in the tornado recovery efforts and what to expect in Phase 2:
Empty foundations and lots go as far as the eye can see in both directions from the front of the church, but there is also the beginnings of something new. As I drove around today, I counted at least ten properties where new construction has begun or the material is there and the framing is about to begin, as soon as the weather eases. This is so good to see and a great place to be just two months after an EF4 tornado.
We have reached a lull in our recovery efforts. There is still a lot of clean up work to be done but most of it is hiding underneath the snow and, while this snow is melting, it appears that another snow shower may arrive soon.
And so, we will be completing Phase 1 of our volunteer recovery efforts in Washington on Saturday, January 18th. At this time, we believe that "Phase 2" will be a series of one-day servant events most likely happening on Saturdays once or twice per month throughout the spring and summer for as long as we continue to have requests for assistance from our neighbors. The first servant event is scheduled for March 15, 2014 (rescheduled from March 1). Click here to read more and learn how to volunteer for Saturday, March 15th.
Positive Stories Coming out of Tornado Relief Efforts in Washington, Illinois
LCC Disaster Response received an email of appreciation from a volunteer who spent time in Washington, Illinois working on tornado relief:
We all had a good experience in Washington on Thursday. We worked hard and enjoyed the camaraderie of our team.
Have to let you know I heard positive comments about LCC and their presence in Washington. I heard one young man say how he tried walked in and worked with Our Savior and had a totally positive volunteer experience.
Your hard work is evident and has paid off for the residents of Washington. LCC should know the organization and all the people involved have made a difference for many people. As Lutherans, we are a humble group, but it is time for LCC to accept the plaudits due for their work and the difference the organization has made for the many people of Washington who have been adversely affected by the tornado.
Registration is now open for the May Phase 2 workday in Washington, Illinois. It will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 8:30am - 4:30pm at Our Savior Lutheran Church.
Our Savior Lutheran Church, Washington, Illinois and the surrounding people has been tremendously grateful for all the volunteers that have shown them love, compassion, and given the gift of their time to help them after the November 2013 tornado. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers! If you are able to help on May 10th please register HERE. Please arrive at Our Savior Lutheran Church at 8:30am. If you have any questions please contact Sherry at (866) 455-6466 or email Sherry at
Our Savior Lutheran Church
1209 Kingsbury Rd
Washington, IL 61571
Cards and Notes of Encouragement - to be posted on the wall at the church
Spiritual Care Kits (2-gallon bag including a Bible, Devotional, Notebook, Pen and a Cross or something to hang in a room) to give out to families
Prayer Shawls to give out to people in need
Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 11:21
Cards of Encouragement Sent to Our Savior Lutheran Church in Washington, Illinois
On Sunday, December 15th, LCC staff member Marie Payes visited Trinity Lutheran Church in Burr Ridge, Illinois to pick up cards of encouragement that were made by their students and send them to Our Savior Lutheran Church in Washington, Illinois.
God had a bigger plan in store and both Pastor Tom Heren and his wife Trudy from Our Savior visited Trinity Lutheran Church in Burr Ridge on their way home from Northern, Illinois. Marie was able to connect them with Pastor Robert Geaschel and Principal Aaron Landgrave of Trinity Lutheran Church (Top photo).
It was a great opportunity for one congregation to support another and do it in person. Aaron and a few of the school teachers were able to present Pastor Heren with the cards of encouragement that were made by their students (Bottom photo). God works in mysterious ways!
For more information on Encouragement Cards or where to send them, contact LCC at
or by calling (866) 455-6466.
Central Illinois District Disaster Response Team Member Stephen Born Reports from Washington, Illinois
Regional Coordinator for Central Illinois District Disaster Response Team, Stephen Born, talks about the disaster relief in Washington, Illinois, and what is still needed. Also an exclusive interview with tornado victim Mary Trueblood.
There is still a strong need for volunteers to help remove debris from people's properties since the City of Washington is no longer helping remove the debris. The sooner the debris is removed the sooner the residents can begin rebuilding and return to their homes. There are many expenses involved with managing volunteers and disaster relief clean up, and your financial support is still needed. Please prayerfully consider donating to LCC's disaster response fund to help continue this clean up effort. Thank you to the many donors and volunteers that have been a huge help thus far.
LCC Disaster Relief Volunteers Making a Difference in Washington, Illinois
Over 1,000 volunteers from five different states and various groups have come out to Our Savior Lutheran Church in Washington, Illinois to work through Lutheran Church Charities, to Make A Difference with the Presence of Christ, to those suffering Loss.
Please continue to pray for the community of Washington and the many people who continue to suffer.
Mayor Manier of Washington, Illinois Talks with LCC about His Faith-Based Community
Lutheran Church Charities' President Tim Hetzner and Emmersion's Steve Marks sat down with Gary Manier, the mayor of Washington, Illinois. Manier discussed the current situation and needs of Washington as they enter the 4th week of disaster relief. He stressed the need for more volunteers. Manier also shared with Hetzner and Marks that Washington is a faith-based community and he believes that saved many lives. The tornado struck their community on Sunday, November 17th when many people were in their church services. Listen in as he talks in detail how this has strengthened his faith and the faith of many in the community.
Please continue to pray for the community of Washington and the many people who continue to suffer.
LCC Would Like to Introduce you to Mr. Trent Davis - Our Onsite Director for Disaster Response at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Washington, Illinois
Trent comes to LCC on loan from Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Illinois where he serves as Missions Coordinator. Trent coming on is made possible by a special grant from LCMS Disaster Response. We are very thankful for all the support that LCMS Disaster Response has given for the ongoing work of recovery in Washington, Illinois. Trent has had many years of experience in missions and disaster response - the most recent in Joplin, Missouri where he served as Disaster Response Director for two years. Welcome Trent!
Click here to learn more about Disaster Relief efforts in Washington, Illinois
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 11:18
UPDATE 01-02-13: Tornado Recovery In Washington, Illinois
Tornado Recovery Efforts Continue Through January - Good Weather Brought Out Many Volunteers on Saturday, December 28th
On Saturday, December 28th, 50 volunteers arrived at Our Savior Lutheran Church throughout the day and were sent out on assignment throughout the community. The volunteers aided residents in the continual debris removal along with preparing foundations and basements for inspection and preservation.
Lutheran Church Charities' Disaster Response Site Coordinator, Ken Cupples, discusses the current needs in Washington, Illinois - stressing the need for registered volunteers. To see the progress made through Saturday, click here to view the video.
Thanks to a competent volunteer with the right equipment, we have now added house demolition to our list of services that we can provide. We will continue to send teams out from Thursday through Saturday through at least January 18th.
On the day after Christmas, a homeowner came to Our Savior Lutheran and told Trent Davis, LCC's Onsite Disaster Response Coordinator, that she had "checked out emotionally on the whole process for the last month and has now decided that it was time to put her 'big girl' panties on and deal with the situation."
She needs her entire house and all of the contents removed but because she hasn't done anything but a quick search for valuables. Her options are limited; she can't put the stuff to the curb because the city won't allow it yet (although that could change again), and it is unlikely that her insurance company will cover all of the costs. She also asked us to try to save the driveway because they scraped the money together a few years ago to have it replaced and didn't want to have to fight the insurance company to have it replaced as well.
Please consider volunteering in Washington, Illinois and being the hands and feet of Jesus to those still in need.
LCC Thanksgiving Meal to the Community at Our Savior Lutheran Church
It was a beautiful Thanksgiving Day at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Washington, Illinois! Many members of Our Savior, members from the community, police, fire department, and city works from the community were fed, whether at the church or by the marvelous volunteers that delivered all over the community. We are thankful to God for the people who came out to cook, serve, deliver food and those who brought smiles and comfort to the hurting members of Washington. Special thanks to Trinity Lisle for the key role they played in organizing this special day.
The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs traveled out into the community with food deliveries. One of the places was Washington Christian Village, a nursing home where meals were dropped off for the staff and the K-9 Comfort Dogs got to visit some of the residents.