Foothills Presbytery and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Clean-up in Columbia

by Jennifer F. Sheorn, Associate Pastor of Young Adults and Missions, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Greenville


On Saturday, November 5th, nine of us set out early in the morning to travel to Columbia, SC, to work on a home that needed repairs from the October 2016 floods. columbia-pda-2016-1This particular home, owned by Ms. Davis, had been sitting empty for over a year. Ms. Davis’ basement flooded sending water up the walls to the living area causing mold and mildew to set in.

A wonderful organization, St. Bernard’s Project (SBP), works in several cities across the U.S., including Columbia, to help people rebuild their homes and lives from natural disasters. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) works with SBP to fill volunteers and complete projects. SBP had been working on Ms. Davis home for a few weeks prior to our arrival.

columbia-pda-2016-2We had wonderful volunteers (lay people and ministers) from First Presbyterian Church in Simpsonville, Fourth and St. Giles Presbyterian churches. We mainly worked in three rooms dry-walling walls and ceilings. Everyone worked well together and enjoyed the fellowship as well as learning new skills. After working all day, we met in Clinton at the Fatz Café to break bread together one more time and to share laughter from our time together.

If you have any interest in volunteering with SBP or PDA, please check them out at and