Throne of Grace Fellowship
Lake Charles, Lousiana
Churning through the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Rita was the fourth-most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded and the most intense tropical cyclone ever observed in the Gulf of Mexico. Landing just a few weeks after Hurricane Katrina, Rita caused $11.3 billion in damage in an area stretching from Sabine Pass, Texas and Johnsons Bayou, Louisiana.
Throne of Grace Fellowship, a small, nondenominational Christian community, was hit hard by Hurricane Rita. Wind ripped the roof from its worship and educational facilities, rain soaked the buildings. With Louisiana recovering from Rita, JF&A encountered challenges finding generators, materials and manpower. Our extensive network across the South came into full play as we got the resources we needed to rescue the Fellowship. Taking Throne of Grace under our wing, JF&A immediately put a new roof up and performed temporary repairs to make the buildings weather tight. Then the extensive work of mold remediation, asbestos abatement, demolition and reconstruction began.
Once we had secured a workable shell, Throne of Grace reassessed their use of the building. When we finished, they had a educational and social center that serves the entire community.