West Recovery

Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery is continuing their response to the explosion in West on a very limited basis, with skilled building teams only. Funds are still needed to assist.

Contact Marla Bearden to discuss dates, team skills, and schedule a group to work in West. Marla can be reached by phone at (214) 828-5382 or by .

Shalom Builders will be doing construction work in West every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from February 6 to November 30. Volunteers are welcome on any of these trips. If you are interested in volunteering with Shalom Builders on these workdays, contact Gerald Davis at (214) 828-5392, or .

Click here to read an article about the recovery efforts currently taking place in West, TX.


At least one week before you are to arrive in West, everyone on your team will need to have registered online here, or at the GO button below. Background checks will be done on all team members 18 or over. (Only offenses less than 12 months old will be questioned)

The Liability Waiver Form can be downloaded from the registration link above. Please bring your signed Liability Waiver Insurance forms with you and give them to Charles. (Over 18 sign only page 1, Under 18 parent or guardian much sign page 2 and 3)


We are no longer housing at FBC West.

We recommend that you make arrangement with one of the following locations:

Day Spring Camp
5882 Rogers Hill Rd
West, TX
Call Lori Wymore, at (254) 722-5442, for availability.
Self-serve kitchen facilities are available (9 miles from West)

Columbus Avenue Baptist Church
1115 Columbus Ave
Waco, TX 76701
Call Jonathan Pickle, at (254) 754-7971, for availability.
www.cabcwaco.org (19 Miles from West, TX)

Latham Springs
call for costs and availability for after Labor Day (254) 694-3689 www.lathamsprings.com (12 miles from West, TX)

Please let the site coordinator know where you will be staying.


You will be responsible for your own food while you are here. Two small groceries are in West. A Wal-Mart is in Hillsboro and an H-E-B in Bellmead. Several restaurants are nearby as well.


There are many nearby hotels. Click here (PDF document) for hotel listing.

Tools and Supplies

There is a tool storage area adjacent to FBC West where your group can get tools, gloves, safety glasses, lawn mowers, weed eaters, clippers, shovels, rakes, brooms and any other tools you may need.

The Site Coordinator will provide details on your group orientation before the work begins. He will provide all the project options during the time you are there. You may choose which one best fits your group.

Important: Please do not bring any donated items to West. An overabundance of donated items have been provided. They are asking everyone to provide funds only.