La Grange church, congregation step up to help evacuated nursing home
Major flooding in La Grange caused evacuations at two nursing homes early Monday morning.
St. Paul Lutheran Church temporarily took in more than 90 residents from Care Inn and Jefferson Place nursing homes.
The pastor of the church, Candy O'Mera said when she got the call that the facilities needed help, she sprang into action. After calling a few members of her congregation, dozens of volunteers lined up to help.
Volunteers cooked and served breakfast and lunch, distributed needed medications, and entertained the seniors with bingo and other activities.
"It's incredible to sit back and see what these folks are doing," said Pastor O'Mera. "They just came in on a mission."
O'Mera said her goal was to make sure her new guests were safe and as comfortable as possible.
"It's a little confusing for them at 5 o'clock in the morning to be woken up and us say, 'pack your stuff in a small bag and we are going to load you in a small bus and take you some place,'" said O'Mera. "I think that's a lot for them to take in."
Wes Diller's wife is a resident at Care Inn nursing home. He came to volunteer and comfort his wife.
Diller said he is incredibly thankful for the nursing home employees and the hospitality of the church and volunteers.
"I'm getting goose bumps," said Diller. "It's just so emotional to see how people work together when there is a tragedy like this. I'm just overwhelmed right now."
Most resident have been moved to a more equipped facility in Waco. Other nursing home residents were picked up by their families or transported to the hospital.