Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN), a Christian nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is comprised of Greater Austin churches and thousands of trained volunteers bringing hope into crisis. ADRN's network enables and empowers church members to organize, prepare, mobilize, and respond quickly in the event of disaster, great or small. Business partners, local agencies and community support play a vital role in ADRN's mission. It is through the generosity of their in-kind donations, monetary gifts and volunteer assistance, that ADRN can fund the rebuild/repair of survivor homes and provide immediate assistance to those in crisis.
To glorify Christ by equipping, empowering, and mobilizing a network of churches to respond to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those affected by disaster. Luke 10:25-37, Ephesians 4:12-16
An active, empowered network of prepared churches, bringing hope into crisis through the transforming power of Jesus Christ to every life and community we serve. Revelation 19:7
ADRN serves every disaster survivor in need of disaster relief services regardless of citizenship, race, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status or political affiliation.
ADRN's primary goal is to sponsor families affected by disaster through their Disaster Relief Shepherd Program. Trained volunteers within churches on the network are paired with survivors to offer relief following a crisis, such as immediate financial assistance, emergency housing and transportation, emotional and spiritual care, and connections to vital resources. Additionally, ADRN organizes volunteer efforts to clean up homes, coordinates volunteer labor with partnering agencies and offers funding to complete the rebuilding/repair of homes damaged or destroyed by disaster through their sponsorship program.
ADRN also works closely with Central Texas Red Cross, providing long-term solutions for survivors impacted by smaller disasters (i.e. house or apartment fire) while Red Cross provides solutions for immediate needs, such as hotel vouchers and gift cards. Long-term solutions include funding for a replacement vehicle, materials to rebuild/repair survivor home, rent, utility expenses, and more. Together, ADRN and the Central Texas Red Cross meet the needs of survivors so no one is left alone in the recovery process.
We are asking you to invest into ADRN's "General Disaster Fund" in order to help us meet the emotional, spiritual and physical needs of every survivor impacted by disaster, small or large. We have the trained volunteer man-power but need your financial contribution to meet real physical needs. 100% of your donation will be applied towards Disaster Relief efforts. 90% of these funds will be applied towards meeting the needs of disaster survivors, 10% applied towards the coordination of relief efforts.
Since 2009, nearly 40,000 survivors have felt the love of Greater Austin churches meeting their emotional, spiritual and physical needs. OVer 2,775 families have been sponsored through ADRN's Shepherd program, 261,000 volunteer hours donated, $16.4 million given to meet the needs of survivors, and ADRN has had over 18,000 in training attendance.
In 2017, Austin Disaster Relief Network responded to 85+ small disasters locally in Central Texas in addition to Hurricane Harvey Relief which is still ongoing. To date, ADRN has assisted over 20,000 survivors impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Over $1.5 million has been given to the relief efforts (i.e. emergency housing, funding, transportation, rent, utilities, etc...) and an estimated, 190 semi-trailers worth of disaster supplies and goods have been shipped to over 32 cities in the Southeast Texas region (4,200 pallets!). ADRN has coordinated and managed nearly 6,500 volunteers to date. ADRN has partnered with Christian Aid Ministries (Mennonites) to fund into the repair/rebuilding of several homes in the Port Arthur/Beaumont area. Lastly, ADRN's Thrift Store (Hope Family Thrift Store) has provided FREE clothing, shoes, linens, goods, toys, and more to over 2,500 Harvey survivors.
Impact StatementADRN serves the Greater Austin area (2.1 million residents) and beyond. Since 2010, ADRN has been deployed to 18 large disasters, 13 within our own region, of which 6 were of historic proportion; 2010 Tropical Storm Hermine (Williamson County - 700 homes), 2011 Bastrop Fires (1709 homes), 2013 Halloween Floods (1,000 homes), 2015 Memorial Weekend Floods (1,800 homes), 2015 October Floods (1,800 homes), and 2017 Hurricane Harvey (20,000 survivors received assistance).
Needs StatementThe Austin Disaster Relief Network continues to mobilize and organize volunteers and partners to meet the emotional, spiritual and physical needs of those affected by disaster! Over the last 30 months, ADRN's network of churches has sponsored over 1,000 families affected by large and small disasters. This equates to thousands of survivors having their needs met! Here is how you can partner with us:
1) Become a Monthly Investment Partner to Support Long-Term Recovery (i.e. Hurricane Harvey Survivors)
2) Participate in ADRN's Corporate Match Program
3) Donate Resources In and Out of Disaster
4) Become a Supplies Distribution Partner
5) Become a Community Volunteer In and Out of Disaster (Thrift Store, Warehouse, Clean Up)
6) Become a Community Business Partner In and Out of Disaster (Fundraise, Philanthropy, Advocate, Donate Goods and Services, Established Relationship)
7) Train in Personal Preparedness
"ADRN is an amazing organization and we have assurance that funds will go directly to assist disaster victims." - Sylvia Z. (Donated to Harvey Relief)
"ADRN came in and put my house back together again! I am so appreciative for the way they stepped into my life. I will never be the same" - Suzanne (2015 Memorial Weekend Flood survivor)
"ADRN was a big blessing in my life. I felt like without them, I could not have made it this far" - Shawonna ( 2016 house fire survivor)
"I couldn't believe I could find an organization like this (in regards to) what they have done for us...They made us feel like nothing happened and everything was okay" - Chokri (2016 apartment fire survivor)
"After the floods I was overwhelmed. I had no insurance and didn't know how I was going to put my house and life back together. Austin Disaster Relief Network came along and took my worries away. I have great peace now and will be moving back in to my home thanks to ADRN." - 2015 Flood Survivor