The Ellicott City community is now almost 5 months away from the devastating July 30, 2016 flood. Significant progress has been made in recovery efforts by Howard County Government, Metanoia, and others involved in recovery work in the business district and residential districts (“West End”) of Main Street.

This update includes information on Metanoia and Southern Baptist disaster relief efforts during Fall 2016 and also news of our partnership with the One EC Recovery Project.

For other updates and information how how you can donate to Metanoia’s flood recovery efforts, visit our Flood Recovery page.

Metanoia Church and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief

August – Early October

Pastor Jesse Florida assisting a Main Street business in cleaning out debris.

In the immediate days and weeks following the flood, our church partnered with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) to clean out basements, remove debris, demo water damaged structures, and conduct mold remediation.

We could not have done the work we did without the assistance and support of the disaster relief ministry of our denomination (SBC). Volunteers with the SBDR traveled from all over Maryland and from other states to assist in the emergency and immediate flood response.

Interesting fact: SBDR is the second largest volunteer disaster assistance organization in the United States, second only to the Red Cross.

October – December

Main St. Small Business Saturday, November 26, 2016, was the Grand Re-opening of the Business District.

As more Metanoia Partners (“members”) got involved in flood recovery efforts, they began to develop relationships with business owners and residents.

As a result, some Metanoia Partners continued volunteering on their own time and by their own initiative to assist their new friends to recovery.

Many Partners also made their way to Main Street during Small Business Saturday (November 26) and Midnight Madness (December 2) to shop and dine in support of the community. Some also volunteered in shops that reopened and were short on staff.

Fundraising and Financial Investment in Recovery

Members of the 2016 Elder Cohort serving together on Main Street. From L to R: Hunter DeJarnette, Daniel Bunn, Richard Smart.

During the first 3 months of flood recovery, Metanoia Church raised over $7,000 in flood response aid. Funds came from persons within the Metanoia Church community, other local churches, and from individuals across the nation.

In early September, the Elders approved a distribution of $5,000 from Metanoia’s savings to go toward flood response aid, bringing the total flood response funding to over $12,000.

Metanoia Church Recognized

Kimberly Feldman assisting a business in flood recovery efforts. Note the water line above her head!

In late October, Metanoia Church was recognized by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman for our flood recovery efforts during a ceremony recognizing those who helped with emergency and crisis flood efforts.

Metanoia received a certificate from Mr. Kittleman and two special coins: the Governor’s coin of excellence and a special coin minted just for Ellicott City flood recovery.

Adam and Kimberly Feldman were also recognized by Governor Hogan and County Executive Kittleman during the event.

BCM/D Article

In October, the Baptist Convention of MD/DE (BCM/D) wrote an article on SBDR that highlighted Metanoia Church’s flood response efforts. The article can be found online here: “Mid-Atlantic Baptist Churches Minister Through Disaster Relief.”

Annual Church Picnic & Georgia Mission Team

Crosspointe Community Church (Roswell, GA) sent a mission team to assist in flood recovery.

During the week of our Annual Church Picnic (the first week of September) a mission team from Crosspointe Community Church (Roswell, GA) came up to assist SBDR and Metanoia in a flood relief project.

The mission team joined us for our Picnic, and we were also joined by local business owners, Howard County Councilman Jon Weinstein, and the President of the Ellicott City Partnership, Karen Besson.

One EC Recovery Project

In September, members of the Maryland Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (MD VOAD) assisted the Ellicott City community in forming a long term recovery group. Over the course of 3 weeks, some 50 community leaders, residents, and business owners met and established the Board of Directors for the One EC Recovery Project (One EC). One EC is a non-profit that provides gap assistance to residents in recovery. The Board consists of local churches, non-profits, residents, business owners, and Howard County Government officials.

The One EC Board with County Executive Kittleman (to left of the large screen) and Pastor Adam (to right of large screen). Next to Adam is Joe Herr, Howard County flood Recovery Manager.

Once formed, the One EC Board nominated and appointed our Lead Pastor Adam Feldman as its Chair. As Chair of One EC, Adam meets regularly with members of Howard County Office of Emergency Management and Executive Branch, local community leaders, pastors, business owners, and residents as he leads this important part of long term recovery. Pastor Jesse Florida is on staff part time with One EC serving as Volunteer Coordinator.