U.S. Congressman Van Taylor and the city of Nederland recently recognized TBM for its relief efforts in the wake of Tropical Depression Imelda as well as the Dallas tornados.
The ministry delivered help, hope and healing after the disasters by serving thousands of meals, cleaning out homes and removing fallen debris.
Rep. Taylor thanked TBM by name from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
“When natural disaster strikes, families suffer,” he said. “It takes a strong community to bring hope out of the wreckage. “Communities with solid foundations do more than rebuild homes, businesses and schools. They help relieve heartache that follows catastrophic loss. Countless faith-based and non-profit organizations including the Network of Community Ministries, the American Red Cross of North Texas and the Texas Baptist Men have risen to meet the needs of our community.”
TBM based a significant amount of its post-Imelda work out of First Baptist Church in Nederland, using the congregation’s facilities to house volunteers, including many from across the nation. One of TBM’s mobile kitchen prepared thousands of meals from the church’s parking lot, distributing them across the region.
“Whereas, the City of Nederland wishes to applaud and recognize the heroes from Nederland and those from outside the area and state, who give of themselves to assist their neighbors, our community, and our region when help was sorely needed,” the proclamation read. “And now, therefore, I, Don Albanese, Mayor of the City of Nederland, Texas, do hereby proclaim October 28, 2019 as “Texas Baptist Men Day” in the City of Nederland, Texas and encourage all citizens to support this organization and its noble humanitarian mission.”