Operation Compassion Opens New Orleans Ministries and Command Center

By , March 8, 2006

In an unprecedented move Operation Compassion, in partnership with the Louisiana State Office and the Church of God Executive Committee, has opened a warehouse in the greater New Orleans area. The New Orleans Ministries and Command Center (NOMACC) as it has become known is a multi-faceted facility that will serve as the hub of distribution in and around the devastated city. In addition to the warehouse, Operation Compassion has sent a box truck (26 feet), a fork lift and pallet jack to efficiently move product in and out of the warehouse.

During the first several weeks Operation Compassion sent multiple semi trucks loaded with product to stock the warehouse to capacity. As the product is distributed, more semi trucks bring product to replace the product on a weekly basis. With this strategy in place, the NOMACC should never deplete its stock until the need is satisfied.

As part of the strategy of Operation Compassion to maximize its effort in the New Orleans area a location outside the city proper was necessary to insure safety of the volunteer workers, have freedom of movement for semi trucks and be strategically located for survivors living inside and outside the city. A location was secured in Chalmette, a short drive from downtown and in close proximity to some of the worse destruction.

A major part of the distribution at the NOMACC is family food boxes. The box truck is loaded with these food boxes and delivered to areas were families have limited or no resources. Each day the box truck delivers to various areas trying to reach as many families as possible.

In addition to the family food box distribution, Operation Compassion has established a hot meal feeding station. Families that have lost everything and have no available means to prepare food can come and receive a well balanced hot meal. Three (3) meals each day are prepared. Lonnie Stewart and his team from Dallas, TX have moved their mobile commercial kitchen on site at NOMACC. This commercial kitchen and Lonnie’s team can prepare 7,000 to 10,000 meals per day.

With any disaster the magnitude that struck the Gulf Coast, individuals suffer more than just the loss of basic necessities. They also suffer from the stress of the upheaval and dramatic changes that occur within a moment of time. To aid in this part of the survivors recovery, Operation Compassion has partnered with the Chaplain’s Commission to send teams of chaplains in to help with the emotional needs of these families. To date, more than fifty (50) teams have been on site at the NOMACC.

The Chaplain teams and all volunteers going to work at the NOMACC are also housed there as well. Operation Compassion has sent recreational vehicles and travel trailers to NOMACC for the express purpose of making it a little easier for people to volunteer.
While the NOMACC is exciting and full of people helping and being helped, this is not the first effort for Operation Compassion in the New Orleans area. Immediately following Hurricane Katrina, Operation Compassion sent $30,000 in cash funds to help Pastors that had lost their churches and income; nineteen (19) disaster relief sites were established in southern Louisiana to help ease the burden of the disaster survivors; several hundred semi trucks loaded with food and disaster relief products were sent.

Anyone interested in supporting financially, donating products or providing a corporate lead may contact:

Operation Compassion
Dr. John D. Nichols, President
David Lorency, International Director
Tim Burdashaw, International Operations Coordinator

114 Stuart Road, NE Suite 370
Cleveland, TN 37312
423.728.3932 Office
423.728.3958 Fax
www.operationcompassion.org

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