Disaster Response

Today I Am Rebuilding

Lutheran Disaster Response – Eastern Pennsylvania (LDR–EPA), a ministry of Lutheran Congregational Services, is the agency designated by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America’s (ELCA) Lutheran Disaster Response program to oversee disaster preparedness and response in 24 counties of eastern Pennsylvania.

LDR–EPA works with congregations, local and federal agencies, and community organizations to help prepare for and respond to natural or human-caused disasters such as large apartment fires, severe storms, or terror attacks.

LDR-EPA’s depth of experience in long-term recovery and wide network of disaster partners enables us to efficiently connect survivors with the appropriate resources, coordinate a corps of volunteers to assist with recovery, and provide congregations with the training and resources needed to best serve impacted communities.


Rebuilding continues following Tropical Storm Isaias in the Eastwick neighborhood of Philadelphia. Volunteers and Contractors are needed! Volunteers have contributed 4,000 hours to date. Contractors have installed 26 air handlers and 6 hot water heaters as well as repaired electric and plumbing in several homes. Help us complete the remaining 15 cases by the end of the calendar year. Volunteers, skilled in general construction/ carpentry, as well as those willing to learn, are needed. We also are looking for licensed and insured contractors. Full funding is available for all materials and contractor labor.

Insured and Licensed Contractors: Please contact us for opportunities related to general construction. Contact isaiasrecoveryvolunteers@gmail.com for more information. You can read the press release at https://www.pavoad.org/response-information/

‘Eastwick on the Mend


Producers: Mark Staples & John Kahler

Executive Producer: Julia Menzo

Produced by Prospect Productions in partnership with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod (SEPA) of the ELCA


Lutheran Congregational Services’ Lutheran Disaster Response ministry is currently responding to recent disasters in Philadelphia and Bucks Counties.

To donate, mail checks to Lutheran Disaster Response – Eastern PA in either Allentown or Ambler, or donate online.

Mail checks to:

Lutheran Congregational Services

2354 Grove Road, Allentown, PA 18109


Lutheran Congregational Services

7002 Butler Pike, Ambler, PA 19002


For more information on preparedness, how you can volunteer your time, and ways to engage, please see below.

  • Preparedness Plans

  • Clean Up Kits - God's Work Our Hands

  • Volunteer Opportunities with Lutheran Disaster Response

  • Helping Across the Nation

  • Tips for a Power Outage

  • Bucks County and Northeast Philadelphia July Flooding: Ways to Engage for Community Helping Agencies and House of Worships

  • What You Can Do to Assist Hurricane Ida Recovery