There is hope in every storm.

We are highly regarded for our scalable distribution model, Disaster Services teams, six international warehouses and a Mobile Command Center. Consistently, we are among the first to respond to disasters throughout the world. We have helped millions of people in the aftermath of disasters by working with and through churches, businesses, government agencies and other nonprofits.

Why Respond?

In 1998, we responded to our first disaster — flooding in Del Rio, Texas, after Tropical Storm Charley. Since then, we have responded to hurricanes, typhoons, ice storms, earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires and floods in the United States and throughout the world. Our goal? To give people help and hope in times of great need. Already, we’ve responded to more than 225 disasters and have had the opportunity to bring food, water, ice, emergency supplies and long-term solutions to families reeling from tragedy.

Our Impact

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    234

    International and domestic disaster responses.
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    2,117

    Tractor trailers of food and relief supplies distributed to people facing disaster.
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    Total volunteer hours.
  • 37,548

    Disaster response volunteers.
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    Local church and organization partners.

Our Approach

  • Monitoring

    Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Response Teams constantly monitor developing weather situations, earthquake activity, wildfires and other forms of natural disasters from the team’s Operations Center at our World-Distribution Center in Springfield, Mo. By staying up to date on potential situations we are able to deploy assessment teams and supplies immediately.

  • Assessment

    Our Disaster Response Team consistently sends assessment teams to the field to gauge our level of response. In many instances our teams are on the ground even before a storm passes. Our assessment teams gather critical information and report that back to our Operations Center where the scope of our response is determined.

  • Response

    Disaster response efforts vary depending on the nature of a disaster but typically consist of rotating response teams in the field and the shipment of loads of disaster relief supplies from our World-Distribution Center. Teams in the field distribute relief supplies to storm survivors, coordinate volunteers and assist in cleanup efforts. Coordination with local, state and federal officials is also an essential part of our disaster response work.

  • Recovery

    Long after the media’s spotlight has lifted from a disaster area we continue our work for months, sometimes even years. Our goal is not only to be one of the first organizations to respond to a disaster, but also one of the last to leave. In doing so, we bring immediate and long-term relief to those who are suffering.

Experts in the field

Nick Wiersma

Volunteer Services Director - Disaster Response

Nick Wiersma has been on the front lines of numerous disaster responses in places such as: Haiti, Chile, New York, Japan, Oklahoma and the Philippines. He’s clocked countless hours helping others in their time of need yet he’s quick to credit his colleagues and volunteers for their support and dedicated teamwork.

Project Spotlight

Joplin Homes

Rebuilding smarter and stronger.

In 2011, we broke ground on the first of 13 disaster-resistant and energy-efficient homes for survivors of the May 2011 EF-5 tornado that left a mile-wide swath through Joplin, Mo. In 2014, another family will have the peace of mind of owning a brand-new, energy-efficient home that is disaster resistant.

Our response to the Philippines

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Jason Streubel, Ph.D and director of agriculture for Convoy of Hope, sits on a Kubota tractor preparing the soil behind our World Distribution Center for a Community Garden. Jason Streubel, Ph.D and director of agriculture for Convoy of Hope, sits on a Kubota tractor preparing the soil behind our World Distribution Center for a Community Garden.

Cultivating Hope with Community Gardens

On a cloudy day in a field behind Convoy of Hope’s World Distribution Center in Springfield, Mo., Jason Streubel, Ph.D and director of agriculture for Convoy of Hope, sits on a Kubota tractor grinning from ear-to-ear.

Here, in the heart of the city of more than 160,000 residents, an eight-foot barbed wire fence surrounds land on one side. On the other, a deer darts into a wooded area. The smell of freshly-tilled soil fills the air.

Streubel will use this half-acre in collaboration with local universities to plant fall crops and conduct variety trials. The team will collect soil samples, monitor growth rates and yield, and harvest crops.

“This field allows us to do research,” says Streubel. “As our organization gains academic credibility, it opens up relationships so that we can improve our techniques and feed more children.”

According to Streubel, the study also provides opportunity for grants that can be used to develop agriculture initiatives worldwide. Community gardens like this one have also been launched to aid the working poor in targeted areas, like Detroit. In Haiti, 3,600 farmers have been trained by Streubel’s team in management practices specific to their region.Cultivating Hope 1 Cultivating Hope 3

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Agriculture / Program Updates

Along with our partners and friends like you, we’re getting hope to people that need it. In the past three weeks we have shipped 25 containers with 1,038,000 lbs. of food and relief supplies to Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, the Philippines, South Africa, and Tanzania. If you follow these shipping updates, you may be thinking that we don’t do a lot of shipping to Bolivia. This shipment particular shipment  was 30,000 lbs. of clothing headed to one of our partners there.

Want to help today?Ship Hope

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Program Updates

Feeding more children in 2014

Great news! We’re feeding more children around the world than ever before thanks to your support. In fact, our Children’s Feeding Initiative recently reached a milestone of feeding 146,676 in 11 countries! Just five years ago, there were 18,000 children enrolled in the initiative so we’ve seen quite an increase in enrollment in a short amount of time.

Thanks again for your support! As you read this, a hungry child somewhere is getting a nutritious meal because of the kindness of others.

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Children's Feeding / News / Program Updates
Judy was able to get a new wheelchair for her son through our Mothers' Clubs program in El Salvador. Judy was able to get a new wheelchair for her son through our Mothers' Clubs program in El Salvador.

More than just a meal in El Salvador

In front of a modest church in El Salvador, women in their Sunday best file out of crowded trucks. Chattering with excitement, they walk into the church with arms full of hand-crafted jewelry and bright colored flowers. Though the scene could easily be mistaken for a Sunday morning gathering, it’s really a press conference to celebrate a new partnership between the U.S. State Department and Convoy of Hope’s Mothers’ Clubs.

At the mic, Madam Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte beams with excitement as she tells of a $60,000 grant and the newly-minted partnership between the U.S. State Department and Convoy of Hope. The grant, she says, will give women throughout El Salvador access to seed capital to start their own businesses and enable them to develop co-ops and savings groups.

After speaking to the women and media, Aponte walks by tables spread with colorful jewelry and decorative flowers made by the women, she compliments and encourages them.

“This is so special to my son and I,” says Judy, 29, moments after Aponte visits her and her disabled son, Nelson. “I felt her warmth and kindness towards us.”

Judy says her life began to change for the better in February 2013 after enrolling in the Mothers’ Clubs program.

“Even though I was attending the classes, it wasn’t easy,” admits Judy. “I had to take Nelson to class and work with him on my lap because he could not support himself. I could never leave him alone to rest.”

The women leading Judy’s Mothers’ Club immediately recognized her unique challenges and helped arrange for Convoy of Hope to get a wheelchair donated for Nelson. As soon as Nelson got his new chair, Judy’s skill level and optimism for a better life were fast tracked.

“The Mothers’ Club changed my life in more ways than one,” she says. “The wheelchair has made our lives so much easier. I can rest and work and he can have some independence.”

Judy says she makes enough money now selling her jewelry to buy food to supplement the food she receives through Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding Initiative at her daughter’s school.

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