On the morning of September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico. It was the largest hurricane to make landfall in this U.S. Territory in 80 years, leaving the entire island without electricity and whole communities destroyed. Local authorities said it would take decades to rebuild. Today, thousands of Puerto Ricans are still living without proper roofs. Teams will have the opportunity to work alongside the local church and help families rebuild their homes and lives.
Regardless of your skill set, together we can provide free labor to gut homes, install roofs, and assist the community in rebuilding their homes and lives.
Any team of 10 or more is invited to serve in Puerto Rico. Total trip cost for each team member is $695 + $2,700 per team to cover project costs.
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30 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE
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Teams will stay in a local church in Ponce. Air-mattresses and showers will be available. Team members are asked to bring their own bedding and towels. The team will have meals prepared by local Puerto Ricans.
IMMUNIZATIONS: Forward Edge strongly recommends that each team member has a current tetanus shot. Please consult a personal physician for any other recommendations.
TEAM PACKS: Once team member registration is complete, Forward Edge will send individualized team packs including a Forward Edge t-shirt, Team Member Manual, and other helpful information.
SCHEDULE: Each day your team will experience a morning devotional, an evening debrief, and relationship building opportunities through serving local people.
Jen’s first mission trip was in 2011 to Nicaragua. This experience changed her heart and led her to serve, love, and encourage disaster victims, including several outreaches with the Red Cross. She and her husband Ken enjoy serving on mission teams together. When not working, she likes to spend time outdoors, walking, hiking, and running.
What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge? I have always had a heart for those who have been overlooked or forgotten. I believe God created us to be in community and we need to care for one another. Two of Forward Edge’s “Core Values” speak directly to my heart. The first one is, relationships, love people more than projects. The second is, empowering nationals, don’t do things for people; do things with people.
If you could have dinner with any person in history (excluding Jesus) who would it be and why? The Apostle Paul. I like the way he communicates and often gives very practical examples of the ideas he is conveying.
What is something about you others are often surprised to learn? My husband and I volunteer with the puppy raising program of Guide Dogs of America
Hi! I’m Jen, the Puerto Rico Team Coordinator. I look forward to working with you to plan your life-changing week in Puerto Rico!
If you’re interested in organizing a team of 10 or more, you can contact us by filling out the short form below. If you’re an individual looking to join a team, you can scroll through our list of open teams here.