Nursing Home Ike Evacuees Find Home in CS Church

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

Its a College Station church that has opened its doors to faces that have seen a lot.

Since the Thursday before Ike hit, part of Christ United Methodist Church has become the temporary home of Galveston's Edgewater Methodist Retirement.

The church took in the home's 140 residents, and around 40 staff members and family.

"They needed as much care if not more than the residents. They're not only trying to do their job, they're trying to get signed up for FEMA, figure out how their house is, figure out how to get their children enrolled in school," said church member Marybeth Kahlich.

Because they left on such short notice, much of the staff came here with nothing, then lost almost everything.

"Like losing mom and dad's ashes, wedding dresses, pictures, all the things that we all find precious," said Edgewater's Director Ed Bell.

Coping with enormous loss and 12 hour shifts, the staff is visibly drained.

"I called in to tell my insurance company that my house had been damaged," said nurse Kathleen Davis. " I started crying when I was giving them my address."

However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. No one here from Galveston has had to go it alone, thanks to around 350 volunteers.

"They're helping fold clothes, they're doing entertaining," said Bell. "Cutting up their breakfast, or just visiting with them," said Kahlich.

The volunteers allow residents and staff alike to take it one day at a time.

"We're in this for kind of a long haul, and we're up for it. We're up for it," said Kahlich.

"We just don't know how to thank everybody. I don't think we can ever repay them," said Bell.

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