Faith Village will no longer accommodate volunteers after July 19, 2013
March 2012, Faith Village has been providing
temporary housing and support for volunteer work groups engaged in long-term
recovery from the September 2011 Bastrop County wildfire disaster. The third largest “wildland urban interface
home loss fire” in U.S. history, the Bastrop
Complex Wildfire burned over 34,000 acres and destroyed 1,691 homes. Of
those, 276 were completely uninsured, and altogether more than half were
underinsured, with an average coverage gap of some $75,000. Almost half the affected households met the
HUD definition of “low income.”
Village has hosted volunteer teams from church congregations, ecumenical campus
ministries and secular college groups from all across the United States—from
Albany, New York, to Kirkland, Washington.
Many volunteers invested as much as $1,000 and a week of their lives to
come and help neighbors they had never met.
need for volunteer assistance has diminished to the point that we can no longer
solicit teams on an overnight basis.
Therefore, Faith Village will cease operations at the end of July, and
reservations will not be accepted beyond July 19, 2013.
behalf of all the residents of Bastrop County, and our respective faith groups,
we wish to express heartfelt thanks and blessings to all the volunteers who
have come—and your friends, family members and congregations back home who have
supported your mission. Your impact on
our community extends far beyond the value of the physical work you have done
here; it has been an expression of love that has moved us all.
also wish to thank the people of Bastrop County, in particular the Bastrop
County Long-Term Recovery Team, the City of Smithville, the Smithville
Independent School District, our many helpful neighbors in Smithville, and the
members of the many local congregations whose support has been vital to our
The Board of Directors of Faith
Village, a joint ministry of the Baptist General Convention of Texas; Episcopal
Diocese of Texas; United Methodist Church, Southwest Texas Conference; and
Presbyterian Church (USA).
 “Bastrop Complex Wildfire Case Study,” Texas Forest
Service and Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management, May 2012