Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Detroit Flooding - August 2014

I have heard back from some connections in Detroit about the severity and need for assistance there from flooding a couple weeks ago. While this has not made the news here, I'm told there are still over 2000 outstanding requests for assistance mucking out flooded houses and treating for mold, which has to be getting pretty intense by now. The local VOADs are well organized and have a good process going, but just need more workers. While I cannot personally commit to going up, I can help organize a team or two of you if you are interested in helping out. Message me here or send an email to Here is an email I received back yesterday with some of those details. I've also seen that Methodist Disaster Relief and Southern Baptists are working in the field.
Hi John, My name is David Eisenbaum, I'm the Project Director for All Hands Volunteers in Detroit; I'd be happy to answer some of your questions about the recent flooding. The State is operating a Recovery Coordination Center (RCC) to handle intake requests. It's a very well coordinated system and is collaborating closely with the VOADs on the ground doing the cleanup. At present there at least 2000 outstanding requests; it is expected that number may go up as more cities and EM's feed their lists of affected residents into the RCC database. Most of the requests are for debris removal, mucking, gutting and mold treating of flooded basements. I'd be happy to try and answer any additional questions you have. Do you think your organization is interested in being part of the response? Regards, David

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

To loyal volunteers checking in about current response efforts, Servants Unite is dormant, but not dead. While disasters continue to happen, there has been little response from our community of volunteers in recent years to go and serve in these disasters or as a group within our communities as originally planned in our mission. When we had activity at the level we did following Katrina and our founding a nearly full time effort was warranted to build and promote trips, perform reconnaissance after events, and lead volunteers in remediation work to His glory. Since Hurricane Ike, however, there has been little for me to do in this regard and where I've tried to muster up support for organized response, nothing has come together. I've moved on to a new mission while leaving the door open on our relief efforts, maintaining the 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that is Servants Unite. I would welcome any of you who wish to advance that cause to contact me to move us forward. My phone number is still 614-404-8610 and my email is still This does not mean I don't still track relief efforts by other groups so if you would like guidance on efforts you can join or help putting some people together to work on a project, even to check in and say hi, I am at your disposal. To keep you informed on my life, I've moved from responding to disasters to preventing them. After 2 years at American Electric Power, I'm working for the Electric Power Research Institute ( managing projects to secure technology that is increasingly controlling the world-wide power grid. This has been nearly as consuming and rewarding as disaster relief and I'm blessed to not only work with amazing people like you from all over the world, but recover some of the financial sacrifices Servants Unite required of our family. I pray you are all surviving if not thriving in your endeavors in the fallen world we live in and that you find some time to show Jesus to the world in your way whenever possible. You have certainly been exemplary hands and feet in our work together. I'm proud to have been blessed by God to have been a part of His plan shoulder to shoulder with you. John McGuire Servants Unite!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hurricane Irene

Pray for Atlantic coastal areas as Hurricane Irene heads in as a major hurricane. Projected course is strafing by the North Carolina Outer Banks as a category 3 or 4 (up to 135 MPH winds) and continuing just offshore up New England. The last major hurricane to hit New York City flooded lower Manhattan with a 13 foot storm surge nearly 100 years ago. That could be a worse scenario that New Orleans was with Katrina.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Followup Article on Hurricane Ike Recovery

Two and a half years ago, Hurricane IKE flattened all but 1 house on a strand of beach on the Boulevar Peninsula. One house built higher and more solid than the others evaded the wave action that removed all neighboring construction. This CNN article follows up on the owners and the situation in Gilchrist Texas.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Please sign up for email updates in our new system

The link is in the top right corner of the blog:

I'm having a very difficult time getting email updates out. 50% are failing, most Hotmail addresses won't get updates due to spam filtering and a number of others are also failing.

To continue to get email updates of postings here sent to your email, please use the link to the left to enter your email address into Google's FeedBurner tool for Servants Unite. The email address will be used for no other purpose than this. I'm an IT Security guy.... you can trust me :-)

There will be a period where I'll continue to use the old system so you may get a couple of dups that way, but it is unavoidable. I'll send this signup link to any of the addresses I can get mail through to so they can sign up through the new system as well.

Thanks for continuing to follow what we are doing and continued participation in relieving suffering. There's a lot to go around right now. You are needed more than ever.

Servants Unite!

John McGuire

Friday, May 13, 2011

Jackson Ohio Flooding Mudouts Needed

Red Cross in Jackson is doing intake on needs after the flash flooding in Southeast Ohio this week. County EMA estimates 30-40 major or destroyed (destroyed usually means basement walls are caving in or foundation is unstable) and another 150 minor. That's a lot more than the media seems to be reporting.

If you wanted to help in Tuscaloosa or Memphis, but you just can't get off work, THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY. The kewl thing is, we can work all day, drive an hour and a half home, get a shower and sleep in our own beds. If you are interested in working this weekend, let me know. Call, email, fb, whatever.

Servants Unite!

John McGuire

Opportunity to send donations to Tuscaloosa

Since our Servants Unite trip keeps getting postponed, I'm going to add our donations to this effort leaving this weekend.

OK, it's official: the Maple Grove UMC Adult Mission Team is going to take supplies to the Hargrove UM church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on our way to New Orleans to work with Habitat. We will load a Penske truck (unless someone still comes through with a free truck) in the Maple Grove parking lot on Saturday, May 14 from 4 - 6 p.m. We are in need of a couple of people to load the truck - (maybe some of you who want to help with the mission trip but aren't able to go). Please let Bill Croy ( know if you are willing to help in this way. We have arranged to leave the truck in Tuscaloosa and thus will not be in need of any extra drivers.

The supplies we will be taking to the tornado damaged area include the following: Household cleaning supplies, laundry detergent (liquid or dry), Clorox wipes, spray cleaners, paper towels, toilet paper, non-perishable foods (peanut butter, canned goods), scrub brushes, handi-wipes or reusable wipes, sponges, scouring pads, clothespins, clotheslines, heavy duty trash bags, dust masks, waterproof gloves, work gloves, It's important that items be either medium or small sizes (not the huge warehouse club sizes) because the items are distributed daily and are intended to handle 1 - 2 days of work. The distribution center at Hargrove UMC is open 7 days a week and they serve lunch and dinner every day.

Now, what would really be helpful is all donations being packed in a sealed cardboard box and it clearly marked on the outside what is in the box! This will help us with the packing - and not cause us to take time boxing items on Saturday!

OK: feel free to repost and send to others! Let's see what the internet, Facebook, phone calls can produce in less than 48 hours! Thanks for your help and we know the people of Tuscaloosa will be appreciative as well. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Bill at the above email address. Oh, and financial donations are welcome as well - checks made out to Maple Grove UMC will be used to purchase items and checks made out to Hargrove UMC for their daily lunch and dinner ministry to those helping cleanup Tuscaloosa and those who have lost everything! It would be helpful if we had the checks by 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.


Bill Croy

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I hate it when He tells me no...

...Or more properly not yet... It seems like a logical plan. It seems like honorable service... but He's still saying not yet. I'll appreciate all your prayers asking for why and when and what's this all about. If you get an answer for me, please forward it along.

For the 2nd time in two weeks I'm putting off a Servants Unite trip to Tuscaloosa. For various reasons most of those who have wanted to go can't yet. All the maybes were no when I tried to solidify the list today. and there are only three of us that were going to go. That plus I've been somewhat ill, have work commitments, and something kinda feels wrong about going even though it seems quite reasonable to me. I've pushed these things enough times to know that if it looks hopeless and He wants it to happen, He takes the barriers away, and if it seems reasonable, but He's against it, it doesn't really matter what I do to push it along, it's not happening, or there's a darn good reason He is telling me to wait. Patience is not one of my virtues... So unless something changes drastically in the next 24 hours indicating alternate instructions, no trip to Tuscaloosa for a few weeks still. I'll keep you posted.

Alabama (and other) Relief Will Continue

We have 4 people (ish) going Thursday targeting Tuscaloosa. There are also a dozen or so more people interested in going on later trips. Given the pace of recovery in Alabama and other tornado stricken areas and the 500 year flood taking place along the Mississippi River, there will be plenty of opportunities for more to go. If you are thinking about it, get me your contact info and preferred dates and I'll help get you hooked up with others to form a team.

If you'd still like to join this first team let me know ASAP. If you have supplies to send along, please get them to Westerville Christian Church ASAP. Here's the present list of attendees:
John McGuire
David McGuire
Rachel Creager
Kenny Nichols
Your prayers and contributions are very appreciated.