Disaster Relief Teams

The March 9-16 Disaster Relief Team #6 trip to Port Arthur, Texas completes the Winter/Spring cycle of our Mercy Ministry assistance for Hurricane Harvey. Please stay tuned as one more larger group is to be planned and scheduled for Fall of 2018!


Registration and payment is on a first come basis, and the liability form must be received the week prior to departure.  Once you register you will receive a confirmation email securing your spot on a team which will include a suggested packing list.  All registered participants must be 18 or older (future youth trips are being considered) and each individual should bring an insurance card with them to Texas.This 12-person volunteer team will travel by van and stay at Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Arthur. Work will include site preparation, drywall installation, home restoration, and site clean-up.

Please complete all the fields in the registration and liability forms as this is important information. Please note, a non-refundable $25 background check fee is required to complete your registration. Refunds cannot be issued if you are unable to attend.

Registration and Liability Forms
Open and complete the PDF Registration Form and email it to Burakowski@swd.lcms.org. Click here to pay your $25 fee for a background check (choose “Disaster Relief” from the drop-down menu).

Complete the Liability Form, sign it and mail or email it to the District office one week prior to departure (address below).

The cost is $25 per volunteer for required background checks. Your prayers and monetary donations are also welcome to support the efforts of our relief teams. Contributions may be made on our website, or mailed to:
SWD Hurricane Relief
8100 West Capitol Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53222
Please note in the memo line:
“SWD Hurricane Relief.”

Please contact Rev. Jonah Burakowski at Burakowski@swd.lcms.org or (414) 464-8101 if you have immediate questions.

Information for future Disaster Relief Team trips will be coming this summer.

Specific Trip Information

Shower facilities: Provided (gymnasium) but bring your own towel and toiletries
Laundry: Available
Accommodations: Gender specific space with cots available but you should bring your own bedding
Meals: Teams will prepare daily meals (food provided) but meals while traveling will be your responsibility
Cost: $25.00 for the necessary background check

General Daily Schedule

6:30 AM Breakfast Preparation
7:00 – 8:00 AM Breakfast and Lunch Packing
8:15 AM Depart for Worksites
Noon – 1:00 Lunch
4:30 PM Depart Worksite
5:30 PM Dinner Preparation
6:30 PM Dinner
7:30 – 9:00 PM Debrief and devotion
11:00 PM Lights out

Team Breakdown
Site Manager
The Site Manager is an experienced resident professional, provided by the Texas District, who will manage the site and provide all of the direction to the team.

Team Leader
The Team Leader is a volunteer responsible for facilitating the group schedule by coordinating daily tasks such as meals, showers, travel, and communication with the Site Manager.  The Team Leader should have some experience with basic construction skills and will work with the Site Manager on assigning Team Members to various work site tasks.  Transportation will be the responsibility of the Team Leader and they will assist the Site Manager in the safe and efficient use of tools.

Team Member
The Team member is a volunteer responsible for working at the site, assisting in preparing daily meals and providing compassion to local community members.

Tools
You are encouraged to bring your own tools (travel space is limited), but tools will be provided at the work site. Each member should bring the following:

  • Durable Work Gloves
  • Safety Glasses
  • Hat or Head Covering
  • 2 or 3 N95 Dust/Face Masks or other higher NIOSH labeled Dust/Face Mask of your choosing

 

St. Paul’s, Grafton Principal Receives National Recognition

Mr. Michael Yurk, principal of St. Paul Lutheran School in Grafton was selected as a 2017 National Distinguished Principal. The National Association of Elementary School Principals established the program in 1984 to recognize and celebrate elementary and middle-level principals who set high standards for instruction, student achievement, character, and climate for the students, families, and staffs in their learning communities.

“Mr. Yurk was nominated and selected by his fellow principals through a nationwide search process conducted by The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS),” said Mr. Terry Schmidt, Director of Schools for the LCMS.

A graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin, Mr. Yurk previously held the position of Assistant Principal, Dean of Students and Athletic Director at Luther High School North in Chicago, Illinois.  He has served as principal of St. Paul Lutheran School since 2008.

In October, Mr. Yurk and his wife will travel to Washington, D.C., for two days of activities planned to honor and bring well-deserved recognition to the elementary and middle-level educators chosen by the states, the District of Columbia, private and overseas schools.

Criteria for selection of the principals require that the honorees are active principals of schools where programs are designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students and where there are firmly established community ties with parents and local business organizations.

During Mr. Yurk’s tenure at St. Paul Lutheran School, St. Paul has been honored with National Lutheran School Exemplary Status.  Mr. Yurk was named the 2016-17 South Wisconsin District Administrator of the Year and was a finalist for the Herb Kohl Excellence in Education Leadership Award in 2017.  Mr. Yurk currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Lutheran Educators Association (LEA).

Since its inception, the LCMS School Ministry has served as a Lutheran School professional educational association and now represents 2080 elementary school principals throughout the nation.  The LCMS maintains close ties with the metropolitan Washington, D.C.-based National Association of Elementary School Principals and its 20,000 members worldwide.