Home Relief Teams

Yes! I want to serve this weekend!

Welcome to the central hub of the LOVEFIRST Home Relief Team efforts at Houston's First Baptist Church. This page includes information you will need on how to get on a volunteer team so that you can love our city well! We have not stopped one day and we will not stop until we have finished serving Houston.

Home Relief Teams

Home Relief Teams are men and women who love our city primarily through acts of service on weekdays and weekends as we help people clean out their flooded homes. If you can only work a few hours of that time frame, please do not let that deter you from signing up and serving! We will appreciate any hours that you are available to give.

Weekend Teams

Pastor Gregg has issued a call for our church to step up and serve those affected by Hurricane Harvey one weekend service project a month! You can join a team from the Cypress Campus on Saturdays at 8a or Sundays at 2p — or both. Registration is not required! Simply come to the Cypress Campus at the appropriate time for Saturday or Sunday. At that time, you will be assigned a team. Service days on Saturday will end at 2p and on Sunday they will end at 7p. Please bring any tools you have as supplies are very limited.

Weekday Teams

Though we imagine most of our volunteers will be available for the weekend, we cannot stop our daily efforts to assist those who need help. Houston's First needs individuals who are available to work in the morning on Monday-Friday. In order for us to plan appropriately with home owners, we ask that you register for all weekday Home Relief Teams. These teams might be comprised of volunteers from any of our campuses as the church rises up to serve together. Registration for weekday volunteering will close the day before at 5p. Information about your assignment will be sent to you by 9p the day before you serve. Again, please bring any tools you have. You will meet at the address of the home at 8a on the day you are serving. At 2p, you will be able to head home

Yes! I will serve on a weekday team!


Team Leaders – WE NEED YOU!

To mobilize our volunteers to our best ability, we are going to need some more team leaders to step up and serve. In fact, we are praying for 200 team leaders! If you would like to become a team leader, please fill out one of the registration links and mark “yes” when it asks about being a team leader. You will be contacted with further instructions.

What are the responsibilities of a Team Leader?

Team Leaders are church members who understand the basics of a “mud out” and are able to organize volunteers to stay actively engaged in serving the owner and the home. We have a guide and videos to assist you in learning all you need. Team Leaders also need to have basic people skills so that they can interact with both the owner and the team in positive ways. After each home is finished for the day, the Team Leader will communicate electronically with our Home Relief Leadership Team so that we can track progress and ensure we have enough volunteers for the next day.


FAQs

Who can volunteer?
  • Any men and women who seek to love and comfort those affected by Harvey may volunteer with us.
What is the time frame?
  • A normal Saturday or weekday work day will last from 8a-2p (it could end earlier or last longer). Sundays will typically run from 2-7p. If you can only work a few of those hours, please do not let that deter you from serving! We will take any time that you will volunteer!
What do I wear?
  • All volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that can get dirty.
  • Please wear your LOVEFIRST work shirt or any Houston's First T-shirt if you have one (Differencemakers, Welcome, Houston 1:8, etc.). LOVEFIRST work shirts are available for $5 from CornerBooks.
When do I arrive?
  • Arrive at the appointed time for your service day — 8a on Saturdays, 2p on Sundays, and whatever time you are instructed to arrive on weekdays (usually at 8a).
Where do I park?
  • If serving on Saturday or Sunday, park in the southwest corner of the parking lot of the Cypress Campus.
  • If serving on a weekday, park near the home where you are serving or wherever your Team Leader advises.
Where do I go?
  • If serving on Saturday or Sunday, go to the Cypress Campus.
  • If serving on a weekday, report directly to the home where you are serving or wherever your Team Leader advises.
What do I bring?
  • All volunteers should bring lunch (or dinner), snacks, and a water bottle.
  • Volunteers are encouraged to bring any of the following items if you can (not required) — utility knives, safety glasses, hammer, push broom, pry bar, gloves, N95 masks, pump sprayer, wheel barrow, shovel, or any tools your Team Leader advises.
Can my children join me?
  • Your school-aged children may serve with you, but please know that conditions may be potentially hazardous for younger kids who require supervision.

Home Relief Team Work Days

Click on each work day you want to serve, completing a unique form for each date. Dates without links will open for registration soon.

  • Sat, Sep 23 — no registration required. Go to the Cypress Campus @ 8a.
  • Sun, Sep 24 — no registration required. Go to the Cypress Campus @ 2p.
  • Mon, Sep 25 (register by Sun, Sep 24 @ 5p)
  • Tue, Sep 26 (register by Mon, Sep 25 @ 5p)
  • Wed, Sep 27 (register by Tue, Sep 26 @ 5p)
  • Thu, Sep 28 (register by Wed, Sep 27 @ 5p)
  • Fri, Sep 29 (register by Thu, Sep 28 @ 5p)
  • Sat, Sep 30 — no registration required. Go to the Cypress Campus @ 8a.
  • Sun, Oct 1 — no registration required. Go to the Cypress Campus @ 2p.
  • Mon, Oct 2 (register by Sun, Oct 1 @ 5p)
  • Tue, Oct 3 (register by Mon, Oct 2 @ 5p)
  • Wed, Oct 4 (register by Tue, Oct 3 @ 5p)
  • Thu, Oct 5 (register by Wed, Oct 4 @ 5p)
  • Fri, Oct 6 (register by Thu, Oct 5 @ 5p)
  • Sat, Oct 7 — no registration required. Go to the Cypress Campus @ 8a.
  • Sun, Oct 8 — no registration required. Go to the Cypress Campus @ 2p.