St. Patrick's Catholic Church - Elkhorn, St. Patrick's Catholic Church of Gretna, Bethany Lutheran Church, Relevant Community  Church, Brookside Church (in the former Community of Grace Location), and Country Bible Church of Blair are excited to announce a partnership with the United Cajun Navy and the City of Gretna to provide relief services and volunteer housing to service flood relief efforts in Valley, Waterloo, Ashland and surrounding Nebraska communities.

The United Cajun Navy is a non-profit 501(3)c committed to being the earliest possible responders following natural disasters. They provide search, rescue and recovery services to the victims and first responders. They also offer supply and distribution, as well as logistical and communication support for the immediate and long-term recovery efforts. Command Centers for Nebraska Flood Relief are being set-up at Countryside Bible Church in Blair (distribution center and volunteer housing) and the Gretna Fire Department.

The strategy of the participating groups is three fold:
1) Phase One - Help those displaced and living in shelters with materials they need for everyday life
2) Phase Two - Assist in the clean-up and restoration process by providing supplies and volunteer crews
3) Phase Three - Provide those directly impacted with basic household items and services that have been lost to assist them as they work to resume normal daily life

The partnering churches will work to provide volunteers, specific need supplies, meals and necessary support to aid the United Cajun Navy in their relief efforts.  All supplies collected at the Cajun Navy Distribution Centers will be packed into supply & clean-up kits that will be distributed as needed to flood affected areas by Waterloo, Valley and Gretna Fire Departments in the days to come.

As part of our three fold strategy of flood relief, we have also spent the last few days focusing on ways to help those displaced by the flood and living in shelters.  We have set-up a partnership with Christ for the City International to provide long-term housing to those flood victims currently living at the Red Cross Elkhorn Middle School Shelter and any others who may need it.  The Christ for the City lodging space, located at 90th and Fort Streets, will provide long term housing for up to 20 displaced flood victims.  We will need 

In order to get the space ready for new clients by this weekend, we are in need of supplies that can't be provided from the Command Centers.  Please consider donating a few of these necessary supplies and drop them at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Elkhorn by this Friday March 22nd.

The Christ for the City International Long Term Shelter will be 100% dependent upon volunteers from our community to provide meals and help.  Please consider signing-up your school, church or work group to provide breakfast, lunch or dinner or volunteering to serve a few hours a day.

The need for immediate housing for displaced flood victims in great.
If you are willing to share your home or know of a space that may be available for use, please let us know (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Sign-up to support our Community Flood Relief Efforts:
https://signup.com/Group/507026102202462091/

A complete list of items needed can be found by clicking the following link and donations can be dropped at the Gretna Fire Department from 8am-8pm Monday thru Friday:
https://www.gretnane.org/DocumentCenter/View/1107/Flood-Relief

To sign-up to volunteer click the following link: https://signup.com/Group/507026102202462091/

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