Mission: To equip, empower, and mobilize a network of churches to respond to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those affected by disaster.
About the organization: The Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) comprises nearly two hundred churches and thousands of trained volunteers who, with the help of in-kind donations, monetary gifts, and assistance from business partners and local agencies, prepare, mobilize, and respond quickly to disasters that strike the region.
Current programs: ADRN's disaster relief services include emergency food, clothing, gas, and housing and transportation assistance for those impacted by disaster; emotional/spiritual care and chaplain support; an emergency call center; assistance with temporary shelter; warehousing and distribution management of donated goods; clean-up teams; and volunteer management and coordination. Through its Disaster Relief Shepherd program, ADRN also offers long-term support and critical resources to assist survivors during the rebuild/repair phase of post-disaster recovery, while its Hope Family Thrift Store provides free clothing, bedding, toiletries, toys, and other supplies for survivors.
The organization also provides training for volunteers, including physical training courses in CPR/First Aid/AED, Safety 101, CERT+, and ham radio; emotional training courses for volunteers staffing the organization's emergency call center or prayer hotline; and spiritual training courses.
COVID-19 response: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ADRN has created a resources page on its website listing links to public health, city/county, spiritual, and emotional/mental health resources, as well as resources related to local food pantries, diaper banks, child care, health care, transportation, small business assistance, rent/mortgage/utility assistance, unemployment, and stimulus checks.
Funding: The Austin Disaster Relief Network is supported by individuals, foundations, nonprofits, and corporations.