After the November 2019 Parish Council meeting, St. Anthony The Great Orthodox Church signed an agreement with the IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) to form a ministry which will work using the IOCC Homefront Preparedness Guidelines as our template, devoted to being better prepared for any natural disasters or other emergencies which might befall our St. Anthony community. In early January of 2020, our pastor Fr. Anthony Baba commissioned a new ministry team, the Disaster Prevention And Response Ministry (DPARM), also known as the Homefront Preparedness Ministry.
Our location on the Gulf Coast where hurricanes are common, and the Houston area specifically, which is prone to flooding, places us at risk. Other risks that are more local and narrower in scope also exist such as house fires, burglaries, job loss, and sudden illness or injury. It will be this ministry's task to look at all of these risks, help to prevent the preventable ones, and mitigate as best as possible those which are unpreventable.
The St. Anthony Homefront Preparedness Ministry is composed of smaller teams devoted to such areas as Safety & Security, Property & Equipment, Supplies, Pastoral Care, First Aid, Response & Recovery, and Logistics. Our goal is, in the words of the IOCC Guidelines, to "respond, without discrimination, to those who are suffering and in need, to enable them to continue to improve their own lives and communities and to have means to live with dignity, respect, and hope."
For more information about this ministry, please click the button below to contact the Church Office.