Tornado FAQ | Arlington Woods Church

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TORNADO FAQ

ARE YOU IN NEED OF SOME HELP WITH PROPERTY CLEANUP?

If you are in the Arlington Woods community and need assistance (clearing trees, brush, roof tarping needs) we are partnering with Samaritan's Purse Disaster Relief. Homeowners in need of assistance can call 1-844-547-2663 to create a work order so a relief team can be sent to help. They will do clearing of trees and debris as well as roof tarping. 

ARE YOU IN NEED OF FOOD ASSISTANCE OR HAVE OTHER NEEDS?

Arlington Woods Church partners with the FAMSAC food shelter (2006 Robertson Road) to provide food help to people in need in our community. If you, or someone you know needs food, please contact info@arlingtonwoods.ca or you can contact FAMSAC directly at 613-820-5428. They can schedule a time for you to come pick up food or have it delivered. FAMSAC is also open for emergency walk-ins on Tuesday, Oct 2nd (6-8pm) and Thursday, Oct. 4th (10am-12pm). ID is required to keep track of recipients, but food help is kept confidential. If you have other needs, our church has a benevolent fund to assist you. Contact info@arlingtonwoods.ca if we can help you in any way.

ARE YOU FEELING OVERWHELMED AND WOULD LIKE SOMEONE TO TALK TO?

Living through a tornado is difficult. It can be stressful dealing with the damage done to your home or even trying to process the devastation that we see around our community. You can drop by our care station set up outside the church for a cup of coffee and conversation with others from our church and community. We can also direct you to FREE counselling where you can get some additional help in processing all of these changes. There is absolutely no shame in asking for a little help if you're struggling. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us at info@arlingtonwoods.ca

ARE YOU ABLE TO HELP WITH PROPERTY CLEAN UP? 

If you would like to help assist at people's properties (chainsaw cutting, clearing brush or trees) there are two available options. You can contact Samaritan's Purse (a disaster relief team we are partnering with) that is doing clearing of debris and roof tarping FOR FREE.  Volunteering is open to individuals over the age of 16 and requires filling out a small form that takes 3-5 minutes. Ideally you would have work boots and work gloves. To find out when they're working and how you can help call 1-800-663-6500 or complete the volunteer form online here.  You can also sign up online with Trend Arlington Community Association so that they can connect you to a work crew as we're made aware of the need. 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO DONATE TOWARDS OUR CHURCH REPAIR AND RENOVATION FUND?

Many people in our community have asked, "How can we help the church financially?" While we have insurance coverage, it will only cover the minimum required (for example, laying down new carpet instead of first better insulating the flooring that was built in the 1970's). The damaged area of the church is one that is used for a great deal of ministry into our community-- from our Parents of Preschoolers play group, our JOY seniors drop-in, our CATALYST youth program (for teens grades 6-12), and for big community events like our Royal Ball and Bike Rodeo, so we want to ensure that the repairs will be sufficient for us to better serve our community in the years ahead.

If we discover that the financial help we receive is greater than our need, please rest assured that every dollar of it will be carefully accounted for and will be used to directly benefit the Trend-Arlington community. Click here to donate towards our Repair and Renovation fund. God bless you for your generosity!

WHAT HAPPENED AT ARLINGTON WOODS CHURCH?

As many of you are likely aware through our Facebook Page, the Arlington Woods neighbourhood was hit by a tornado on Friday, Sept. 21st. The church has experienced quite a bit of damage (see some photos below). Thankfully, the sanctuary, lobby, and offices of the church were largely unaffected, but the fellowship hall (the older part of the church building) has sustained a great deal of damage to the roof and floor (including the youth area below it). There were also many pieces of our heating and air conditioning units found in the parking lot and in the park behind us! 

While we acknowledge that the damage to our community is severe, we are so thankful to God that more people weren't seriously injured! Stay tuned to our Facebook page for the most recent updates!

Photos of Initial Aftermath of Storm:

 

Photos from Saturday, Sept. 23

Photo taken of tarp providing temporary coverage to prevent further water damage (Sept 25, 2018):

September 26, 2018: Good news! Hydro has been restored to our building (with the exception of the damaged areas). We don't currently have any heating/cooling, but are hoping those necessary repairs will be made soon.

September 28, 2018: We are happy to announce that on Sunday, September 30th at 10am, we will once again be opening our doors! The damaged area of the building has been sectioned off, so we still have use of our sanctuary, lobby, nursery, and children's area! Our POP (Parents of Preschoolers) group will also return on Monday, Oct. 1st from 9:15-11:15am. Below are a couple of sobering photos from around our church building. Sadly, many of the trees that once surrounded our church have been lost.

Tuesday October 2, 2018: Work crews have removed the debris and damaged carpeting from the fellowship hall as well as the damaged ceiling tiles from the youth area.