Vicki McCuistion, Barnabas Connection Executive Director
The Barnabas Connection to Help Lead Long-Term Recovery Efforts in Wimberley After Flooding
WIMBERLEY, TX – 10 days after the worst disaster in this Hill Country community’s history, efforts are beginning to switch from emergency response to long-term recovery. The Barnabas Connection, a Wimberley-based nonprofit, will help lead this long-term recovery.
Hours after the flood, the City of Wimberley approached The Barnabas Connection to spearhead fund-raising and information dissemination for the relief efforts.
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“I arrived at the Wimberley High School Gym soon after the first evacuees,” Barnabas Executive Director Vicki McCuistion said. “Watching my friends and neighbors come in with nothing but the clothes on their back really brought home the enormity of the situation.”
After the flood, Barnabas was able to immediately begin supplying short-term financial assistance. “Being able to help in the short-term is great,” McCuistion said, “but it’s important to remember that there are Wimberley residents who are going to need help for months to come.”
Barnabas won’t be alone in their efforts to support flood victims. Local businesses and organizations have stepped up to assist. “The support has really been the silver lining in all of this,” McCuistion said. “Volunteers, businesses, and organizations have helped in every way imaginable, and seeing the fund-raising efforts happening on our behalf is truly humbling.”
Upcoming community fundraising events benefitting The Barnabas Connection:
HopDoddy Burger Bar is donating 100 percent of their proceeds at both of their Austin locations on Thursday, June 4, to the flood relief efforts of The Barnabas Connection.
Blue Rock Studio will be hosting a concert and webcast on Thursday, June 4.
The Austin4Wimberley Flood Relief Benefit is being held June 20 at Sweetwater. A great lineup of local and national musical acts will begin at 3pm along with an Auction/Raffle until 9pm. The main event will begin at 9pm and tickets will be available for purchase, with a $75 VIP option.
The Wimberley Valley Art League is organizing 100 for 100, an art sale featuring 100 works of art for $100 each, from 2 to 6 p.m. on June 27 at the Wimberley Community Center. The afternoon will also include live music and a silent auction.
Flood recovery in the Wimberley Valley won’t only be dependent on financial help. “As we recover from this tragic event, we want to let everyone know that one way you can help us is to come to our community, visit our shops, stay in our bed & breakfast and lodging facilities, and eat at our restaurants,” said Wimberley Mayor Steve Thurber. “We are open for business and invite everyone to come enjoy and experience our wonderful community.”
About The Barnabas Connection: The Barnabas Connection has been connecting Wimberley Valley residents in need with the resources to help them for the last 10 years. Since 2008, Barnabas has also been responsible for administering and distributing the funds for the Wimberley Ministerial Alliance – a network established by a coalition of Wimberley area churches to support those who need financial assistance with rent, utilities, food, and medical care. Barnabas, which has a very small staff, a board of directors, and a dedicated cadre of volunteers, is experienced in coordinating various local nonprofits and businesses for cooperative projects like the Back to School Fiesta and Wimberley Senior Expo.
Donations to the Barnabas Connection Flood Relief can be made online at www.BarnabasConnects.org or by sending a check to Barnabas Connection Flood Relief, P.O. Box 737, Wimberley TX 78676. Ozona National Bank is also accepting donations.
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