Helping People To Help People

Hurricane Harvey

Pathfinder Mission, is a 501(c) 3, non-profit ministry, birthed out of the destruction brought on by hurricane Katrina in southern Mississippi in 2005 serving the people of the Gulf Coast region. After 5 years in Mississippi, we have shifted our focus and resources to serving the people of Haiti for 6 years and now, in addition, we are working in Texas following Huricane Harvey.

Our mission remains the same....Serving the Lord by serving others.

Matthew 22:37-19 Loving God and Loving Others

Matthew 25:33-40 Seeing Needs then Meeting Needs

Facts about Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey made landfall on 23 August 2017. The hurricane produced a peak rain accumulations of 51.88 in (1,318 mm), Harvey is the wettest tropical hurricane on record in the contiguous United States. The resulting floods inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people, and prompted more than 17,000 rescues. Harvey caused at least 70 confirmed deaths in the United States. FEMA director Brock Long called Harvey the worst disaster in Texas history, and expected the recovery to take many years. Economic losses are preliminarily estimated at between $70 to $200 billion, with a large portion of the losses sustained by uninsured homeowners. Only about 27 percent of Harvey's losses are likely to be covered by private insurance, lower than the typical 40 percent coverage Hurricane Harvey has impacted about 6.8 million people in Texas, about a quarter of the state's population. Hunter expects flood damage alone from the storm to cost at least $35 billion, about what Katrina cost. But in that 2005 hurricane about half of flooded homes were covered by flood insurance. With Harvey, only two of 10 homeowners have coverage. Homeowners without flood insurance can possibly apply for federal disaster relief benefits, but those come in the form of low interest loans, a burden for those already struggling with too much debt. That means, "If you have $30,000 in damages, you can get maybe $25,000, but there will be interest, and then you have your mortgage. You'll have two loans on your house."

Homeowner Financial Assistance

What might FEMA assistance cover?

There are grants available to cover temporary housing if their current home is uninhabitable or they were forced to evacuate. Plus, there is assistance available for repairs. This includes windows, floors, foundation, roof, walls, ceilings, furnace and air conditioning systems, and septic or sewage systems.

The maximum grant in 2013 was $31,900 with the average grant closer to $5,000.If a homeowner accepts a grant from FEMA, they must take out federal flood insurance in order to be eligible for future assistance.

Other forms of assistance include low interest loans from the Small Business Association (SBA) and smaller grants from the Red Cross and Salvation Army.For all assistance, insurance payouts and other forms of financial assistance are factored in to the eligibility consideration.

Pathfinder Mission's Role

Forging Strategic Partnerships :The Lord has led us to Pasadena, Texas to Clearpoint Church and Pastor Brian Lambert through our Board president, Lisa Shaw. This church has a "clear" understanding with respect to God's desire for His church to be obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit, no matter where it takes you. As a church they have committed to "Say Yes" to God. That is so in tune with our hearts as well. In addition, we will be connected with other disaster relief organizations and four other local churches.

Volunteers : in the days ahead, we will establish the capabaility to host volunteers at Clearpoint Church. Martie and I will manage the coordination, scheduling, housing, feeding and workloading the teams.

Local, State and National Government Organizations : We will coordinate with City permit offices and inspectors as well as State and local Emergency Management offices and Federal Emergency Management representatives.

Home Owners : We will meet with homeowners affected by Hurricane Harvey, to assess the damage to their homes and validate their need for assistance from us.

Fund Raising : Our ministry has always been about helping those who cannot get help but have a legitimate need for help. MOst often that help is in the form of materials and labor. In nearly every case the people do not receive enough money to pay for labor and materials. We raise money on a case by case basis to assist them. We cannot help eveyone, but we will help those that the Lord provides resources for. Knowing who they are requires discernment and much prayer. Decision to help someone will be made in coordination with the pastor of Clearpoint, Brian Lambert.