Wildfire Relief

Wildfire Relief

Wildfire Relief

Wildfire Relief

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EDOT helps rebuild after the September 2011 fires in Bastrop County

Faith Village
Faith Village
Bastrop home dedication 2
Our 1st Home has been dedicated.
Click here to read about it! 

In September of 2011, a fire burned across 35,000 acres of Bastrop County, destroying over 1600 homes. The Episcopal Diocese of Texas immediately responded in the days after the fire. EDOT raised more than $100,000, including $17,000 in gift cards. Those funds were instrumental in helping families with their essential needs as so many people were left with no possessions and no place to live.


The Diocese's Texas Episcopal Disaster Relief and Development (TEDRD) started a partnership with the United Methodist Committee on Relief and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to start “Faith Village,” a housing center for volunteers located in Smithville, Texas. Faith Village will house around 40 volunteers in a building donated by Smithville Baptist Church.


For a full account of the effects of the fires, visit the Texas Wildfires Blog. Click here to read the Rev. Lisa Hines' address to Council in February.


The most urgent need now is for funds to purchase construction materials and begin rebuilding.


Click here to donate now


Ways to Volunteer:

1) Visit this website for information on Faith Village and multi-day work trips.

2) For single day volunteers, visit  www.helpisneeded.org/Registration.


For more information, email the Rev. Gill Keyworth, Diocesan Emergency Response Coordinator, or call 713.805.2050.


Texas Episcopal Disaster Relief and Development is especially grateful for a grant from Episcopal Relief and Development as well as a donation from Calvary Episcopal Church in Bastrop.


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Many homes likes this one remain in piles of rubble Thousand of acres of forest have been blackened