How much does it cost to stay at the Next Step STORM camp?
A. $250 – includes housing, food, and work
Are the volunteer sleeping quarters air-conditioned?
Are there separate sleeping quarters for married couples?
No, sorry…this camp has male and female sleeping quarters that are separate. We don’t have enough rooms for individual family units.
The exception to the rule here would be if you reserve a week that has no or few other volunteers in camp.
Are meals provided while at the camp?
A. Sure enough! 3 squares a day are included in the camp fee, starting Monday am through Friday pm. Groups are asked to provide their own cooking staff. Shopping is taken care of by Next Step staff.
Thursday evening is an optional night out at a local restaurant at each group’s own discretion. We want to do everything as a group, so this will be voted on and/or determined by the group leaders, subject to the additional financing and preference of the groups.
What kind of projects will we be doing?
A. Anything pertaining to residential construction. Together, we’ll remodel existing and build some new homes! Of course cleaning lots and homes is always a task after a major disaster, as well as helping homeowners in any other way we can. Flexibility is key! Our focus is on those that were homeowners prior to the storm, helping them acquire safe, sanitary, and secure living conditions.
Denham Springs being a flood disaster event, we will be doing a lot of mud and guts, insulation and drywall on the lower walls, flooring, trim, doors. etc. The good news is there will be no roofing! Unless of course you like roofing....
In Birmingham, we also do some inner city housing improvement projects that may include painting, handicap ramps, decks, roofing, and siding.
Is there an age limit for volunteers?
We limit the volunteer age to 13 and over as long as children under 18 have supervision. Younger than that will be subject to the discretion of Next Step STORM staff on a per situation basis. As far as seniors; this is subject to the discretion of the individuals and their health. We value the Godly wisdom and life experiences of seniors!
What if I don't have medical insurance?
Our policy is that volunteers have their own medical, liability, auto, and disability insurance or similar coverage such as Medicare or a share ministry. You can usually get a short term policy relatively inexpensively but there are variables such as age, gender and so on. This usually is not a show-stopper. Give us a call and we'd love to discuss your circumstances and help you figure something out.