White Oak UMC reaches out to Gustav evacuees


Special to the Advocate
As the last Hurricane Gustav evacuation shelter in Jackson closed down, White Oak United Methodist Church in Crystal Springs was there to help a family of six get back home to Louisiana.

Members of White Oak had been in close contact with the leadership of New Horizon Church where the last 35 evacuees had been housed in the church’s family life center.

Barbara Green was one of several dozen people transferred from the Trade Mart to New Horizon Church on Belvedere Drive in Jackson. It was the only Red Cross shelter left in the Jackson area for Gustav evacuees.
Green and her six children were stranded in Jackson with no money to get home. After a week in a shelter, Green, like many other evacuees still in the area, found herself looking to the kindness of others.

One of White Oak’s members heard about the need for monetary donations on the news and asked that a special collection be taken up to help with this effort. The church quickly raised several hundred dollars for the cause.

“I’m glad that White Oak Church family was able to play a small role in helping those in need,” said Timothy Crisler, conference lay leader and a member of White Oak. “That’s what Christ asked us to do, take care of those who are in need. It was an opportunity for our church to truly live what we believe. We’ll be able to play a bigger part in this faith-based community-wide effort in the future.”

The Green family made it back to their home Houma, La., safely.