Disaster Recovery

A long term, Biblical, holistic approach to disaster recovery.

We are dedicated to helping communities rebuild after disasters. We work with disaster survivors throughout the long-term restoration process by partnering with local churches, associations and other long-term recovery teams to mobilize volunteers, gather and transport donated items and funds, provide prayer and spiritual support and raise awareness.

Update on Volunteer Opportunities for North Texas Tornado Damage

Volunteer teams are needed! If your church group would like to assist in debris clearing and clean-up, see the information below:

Volunteer in Rowlett & Garland:

Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery is coordinating volunteers for the city of Rowlett & Garland.

  1. Call 214-537-7358 for hours of operation, address of volunteer reception center before you depart and to discover your team’s work assignment.
  2. Click Here for the Liability Waiver and Personal Information form. A parent or guardian must sign the form for minors. To save time, teams will need to download and complete the waiver form before arriving at the church.
  3. Bring the items listed in the supply list below

Supplies teams need to bring:

  • Work gloves
  • Safety glasses (recommended)
  • Closed toed shoes
  • First aid kit
  • Long pants and long sleeves (prepare for cold temperatures)
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Rakes
  • No trailers as there is no turn around areas
  • Water will be provided

Volunteer in Glenn Heights

Visit the Volunteer Reception Center at City Hall, 1938 S. Hampton Rd. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. r go to www.glennheights.recovers.org.

Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery will update these types of volunteer opportunities on the Texas Baptists website and on their Facebook Page and Twitter.

Donated Goods

First Baptist Church of Rowlett has a Donation Center assisting those affected by tornadoes in Garland and Rowlett. They need towels, blankets, pillows, cup towels and microwaveable or non-perishable food. They are not accepting clothes, water or furniture. Items need to be new or gently used.

Deliver items to:
First Baptist Church Rowlett
4309 Main St
Rowlett, TX 75088
(972) 475-3510

Long-term recovery volunteer opportunities

Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery will be working in the long-term recovery phase of this disaster. If you are interested in receiving updates about volunteer opportunities click here.

Funds will be a continuous need throughout the recovery process. Click here to give to Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery.

Update on Houston & Central Texas Flooding

Volunteers are Needed

Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery continues to respond to the needs of families and communities who have been impacted by the recent flash flooding in Central Texas and Houston. We are currently concentrating our efforts on the following cities:

  • Houston
  • San Marcus
  • Wimberley
  • Blanco

Volunteers will need to register by clicking the GO button below and selecting the city of service. Housing is currently provided at two churches in the Central Texas area and one church in Houston. All participants must register and will be responsible for preparing their own meals.

Cost is $25 per person to volunteer.

Click Here for a brief description of the recovery efforts taking place in each area. TBDR will follow-up with each group leader to make housing assignments and to confirm the dates you wish to schedule on the TBDR Calendar.

Give Go

Shalom Builders

Shalom Builders – the new Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery initiative – aims to mobilize trained and equipped construction workers to areas affected by disaster. Our goal is to continue rebuilding until God’s shalom, or God’s wholeness, returns to the affected area. We currently have a number of projects needing volunteers in Austin, TX, West, TX, and Eagle Pass, TX. Learn more…

Disaster Recovery Overview

Ongoing U.S. Projects

We currently have several needs in not only Texas, but throughout the United States. Find out how you can aid in these particular needs below.

Ongoing International Projects

There are several ways to serve on disaster recovery projects around the globe. Find out how you can help internationally below.

Volunteer Corps

Working through our local churches, associations and long term recovery teams, Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery personnel discover needs that can be met by Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery Volunteers. We invite you to join us!

You will begin receiving information by email about future volunteer opportunities.

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Bounce: Student Disaster Recovery

We provide students with the opportunity to impact disaster-affected areas and assist in a community’s effort to bounce back from devastation. Bounce offers pre-packaged mission trips that include serving, worship, times of reflection and partnership with other churches. Learn more…


Church2Church and Church2Community partnerships are opportunities for a church to connect with and adopt another church or community to share resources and assist in their physical and financial needs.

Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery has identified both churches and communities that need the assistance of another church body. While we are here to help make the connection, we then take a step back to let your partnerships grow. We make ourselves available to help plan any mission trips or outreach events.

We also provide training and education for any church interesting in this process. We guide you through the process of developing an ongoing and strategic development plan. Our desire is to help each church understand how to aid other churches or communities in the best possible way – through a partnership.



Meet the Team

David Scott

Director, Disaster Recovery, Bounce

(214) 828-5123

Marla Bearden

Disaster Recovery Specialist, Disaster Recovery

(214) 828-5382

Gerald Davis

Disaster Recovery Development Specialist, Disaster Recovery

(214) 828-5392