Restoring hope - Rebuilding lives
ULM Relief arrived in Biloxi September 5, 2005 with a small band of
volunteers and a passion to help wherever they could. A FEMA P.O.D.
(Point of Distribution) was unmanned in Biloxi and thus began the relief
efforts to assist and rescue a needy people. Since that time, volunteers
have come from across the United States, Canada and other countries,
providing more than $34,000,000 in relief supplies from private donations.
The ULM Relief network of volunteers have accrued more than 130,000 hours:
Opening seven POD’s in four Cities
removing debris from more than 1100 homes,
remodeling more than 100 homes,
Relocating more than 1000 people to seven different States
cooking and serving more than 450,000 meals
and distributing more than 950 tractor trailers of goods
While forming strategic alliances, ULM Relief has teamed with numerous
long term recovery specialists, funding agencies, local stakeholders &
government officials, FEMA, and faith-based disaster relief agencies.
These alliances have made the effort stronger and created not only
“American Community” relationships, but have accomplished a gestalt type
of atmosphere thereby accomplishing more than if done independently.
Sustainable Economic Development Platforms and Wealth Creation for
disaster recovery is one of the original tenets of ULM Relief. Whether in
the United States or on the continent of Africa, the ULM Relief Team has
enhanced living conditions, provided housing, established schools, built
hospitals, developed and constructed orphanages and built entire cities,
towns and villages.
Mark V. Jones: President Biloxi Operations.
Traci Frees: Public Relations and Volunteer Coordination