United Church of Christ

Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

In 2018, $2 million in UCC cash and volunteer support for disaster recovery

UCC Disaster Ministries' cash and volunteer support totaled some $2 million in 2018 for disaster recovery in 26 countries and more than 16 U.S. states and territories, not counting funds and goods we helped secure for survivors from other sources.  

UCC hires Ken Skalitzky as new UCC Eastern Region Disaster Recovery Specialist

Through the UCC’s Southern Conference, United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries has hired Ken Skalitzky to the new position of Disaster Recovery Specialist for the Eastern Region, covering the 24 states in FEMA Regions 1-4. He will work closely with UCC Conference leadership and National Disaster Ministries’ staff to engage churches and conferences in recovery efforts and to support the work of UCC Disaster Ministries in long-term recovery.

New! UCC Disaster Ministries 2018 Ministry Summary

Introducing an attractive new summary of UCC Disaster Ministries' support for the long-term recovery of disaster survivors across the United States and around the world in 2018. In just a few pages, you'll find facts and figures, project specifics, volunteer and client stories, photos and "what's next" for each location.    

Still fleeing Maria's aftermath: Puerto Ricans in Pennsylvania

UCC Disaster Ministries has granted $10,000 to two UCC conferences in Pennsylvania for continuation of a pioneering program of outreach to Puerto Ricans who have fled, and who continue to flee, Hurricane Maria's destruction and ongoing disruption of life on their U.S. island territory. Thousands of Puerto Ricans have sought shelter in Pennsylvania since the hurricane.

In quake-prone Haiti, students are safe in three restored schools

Restoration of three schools in a disaster-prone area of Haiti means earthquake- and storm-resistant classrooms, safe sanitation facilities, plus dignity and pride for the nearly 600 students they serve. With funding and other support from UCC Disaster Ministries, public schools in Mentor, Dessources and Pavillon have reopened. All suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Matthew in 2016.