Some groups are helping with the physical recovery, while others are devoted to the mental recovery.
Kenny Adcock is the program manager for the Samaritan’s Purse North American Disaster Relief Team. He says he has volunteers in Pilger, helping out.
“Part of what we’re trying to do is come in alongside the homeowners and assist them with recovery and debris removal, tarping rooves, chainsaw work, whatever the homeowner may need,” Adcock says.
Al New is with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Rapid Response Teams of crisis trained chaplains. He says they are in Pilger to offer emotional and spiritual support.
“We’re here for you to come talk if you need to talk,” New says. “You’ll also see us out in the community. Grab one of the chaplains you see in the blue shirts if you need to talk, feel more than welcome to pull them aside.”
The Churches of Christ Disaster Relief group also has a presence in Pilger, as do several other faith-based organizations, including the Mennonite Disaster Service, World Renew, Noah’s Canine Crisis Response Dogs, Team Rubicon, Christian Aid Ministries, Serve Nebraska, All Hands Volunteers, Southern Baptists and the Salvation Army.
By Susan Risinger, WJAG, Norfolk