March 2 Recovery beginning in southern Indiana - News, Weather & Sports

March 2 Recovery beginning in southern Indiana

HENRYVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Families affected by the storms in March are probably wondering when they will get their home and life back. There is an army on the way to help. They are making no promises of perfection, but the promise to give it all the have is guaranteed.

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, also known as The Green Shirts, will meet with residents individually to determine their unmet needs.

The Green Shirts have set up walk-in centers at the following locations for residents to talk with trained volunteers:

  • Henryville Community Center, 115 Lake Street. They will be open June 4-6 & 8-9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will be open on June 7 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. They will also be open June 11-15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • House of Refuge, 7059 E. Highway in Nabb, IN. They will be open June 4-9 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will be closed on June 7. They will also be open June 11-13 and June 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on June 14 from 9 a.m. to 7p.m.
  • New Hope Baptist Church, 5104 S. State Road 62, Lexington, IN. They will be open on Tuesday, June 5 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Green Shirt volunteers will be making personal telephone calls June 5-7 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for residents in Washington County, Indiana.

For more information or to volunteer, call the volunteer reception center at (502) 599-8557 or visit them online at

A meeting was held Thursday evening in Memphis, Indiana for tornado victims to find out more information about the group.

"It took part of the roof off of the house and when that happened we had hail damage and rain and snow. It took out some windows," said tornado victim Vera Dieterlen about what the storm did to she and her husband's home.

Vera and Brian Dieterlen's challenges didn't start there.

"Our insurance dropped us like three months prior to the tornado," Brian said.

They say it's been uphill battle trying to rebuild.

"It's been a long, grueling process. It's like camping out but you don't have anywhere to go home," Brian said.

The Green Team and March 2 Recovery seeks to help people like the Dieterlens, and those volunteers are coming a long way from home.

"Iowa city, Iowa and all of our volunteers are from different parts of the country," Green Team volunteer Mark Martin said.

They know they have their work cut out for them.

"We're finding that it usually takes two years probably for the majority of people to get back to their new normal," Carol Martin said.

The group aims to pick up where FEMA had dropped off.

For many, that's welcome news.

"FEMA doesn't really cooperate that well so it's more or less churches have been chipping in and the community has been great with a lot of support," Brian Dieterlen said.

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