NLEC Disaster Relief History

A partial list of NLEC activity in disaster include (but have not been limited to): Hurricane Allen in South Texas, NLEC organizes relief. Winter patrol to train volunteers in finding the homeless overnight and bringing them food, blankets, and transportation […]

A partial list of NLEC activity in disaster include (but have not been limited to):

  • Hurricane Allen in South Texas, NLEC organizes relief.
  • Winter patrol to train volunteers in finding the homeless overnight and bringing them food, blankets, and transportation to shelters.
  • NLEC Ongoing Shelter programs
  • emergency housing to couples and sing
  • Winter Crisis of 1982 brought tremendous suffering to people throughout Missouri and Illinois, resulting in broken water pipes, hypothermia, & untimely deaths.  NLEC gave out 3,500 blankets, 1,200 heaters, 450 kerosene heaters, 150 wood burning furnaces, 100 sleeping bags, & 15,000 pounds of food.  Every winter since, NLEC has devoted its resources to keeping those in need from freezing in their homes.
  • “Dollar Help” is founded in 1982 by Larry Rice, Sister Pat Kelly, and Pastor Robert Huston.  This program encouraged individuals to add a dollar to their Laclede Gas bill to help those in need.
  • Rescue and reconstruction operations for the major earthquake in 1993 in India
  • Rescue and reconstruction operations for the major flood in 1996 in India
  • Between 1997 and 2001 NLEC provides 130,000 shelter nights to the homeless in the Midwest; 195,000 visits were made to the NLEC Free Stores; 290,000 food allotments were made; 330,000 counseling and referral calls were taken; 20,500 blankets were given away; 2000 heaters and 11,000 pairs of gloves were given out; 19,500 families received utility assistance; 1600 people received medical prescription of co-payee assistance; 7500 fans were provided; 10,000 care kits of personal hygiene items were given to the homeless; 8000 bus passes were given; 1100 grants to help stranded travelers were provided; 5000 shoe store certificates of $15 were provided.
  • NLEC opens the “City of Refuge” in Kakinada, India, providing food, shelter, training, and energy independence for up to 300 more people.
  • 300-person orphanage
  • Training programs now extend throughout Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.
  • After the tragic tsunami of December 26, 2005, NLEC India fed over 2,000 tsunami victims in South India, and gave shelter to 800 more.
  • NLEC travels to Louisiana to help Victims of Hurricane Katrina
  • NKEC travels to Haiti, in March 2010, in response to the massive earthquake that devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010. Met with the director of The Poor Children’s Assistance Project to discuss the need to rebuild the 3 orphanages, 8 schools and 8 churches that were either destroyed or severely damaged.
  • The City of St. Louis notified the homeless persons living inside the Tucker Tunnel that they would be closing the tunnel permanently for repairs to road above. NLEC rallied to help those living in the tunnel and named the community Hopeville, USA. Over 100 people took up residence in tents in the tunnel while they waited for the City of St. Louis’ Housing and Human Services Department to make good on their promise that each resident would receive permanent housing. Most residents of the tunnel were not moved into permanent housing and on May 12, 2010, those remaining relocated to an area on the riverfront, north of the Arch.
  • Mobilizing to protect the city’s homeless population as an recurring weather-related (arctic weather, heat emergencies and flood related emergencies) in the St. Louis metropolitan area with direct feeding, shelter, and proactive searching; to connect them with housing assistance, intense case management, substance abuse treatment, and mental health treatment.
  • Disaster Renewable Energy resources to provide disaster victims and families with reliable energy for life safety, shelter and living through the use of solar and bio-diesel systems.