Historic Flooding in Houston, Texas
Houston, Texas, is suffering historic flooding that has left at least seven dead and 1,000 homes flooded. UCC Disaster Ministries has deployed UCC Pennsylvania Southeast Conference Coordinator Karl Jones to Houston for a week beginning April 26 to support the UCC's South Central Conference and Houston Association as they respond to immediate and long-term recovery needs of congregations and community members impacted by historic flooding that has left at least seven dead and 1,000 homes inundated.
Your service as a Disaster Recovery Volunteer helps people rebuild their physical homes and is an act of presence that indicates the commitment to walk beside disaster survivors as they seek to rebuild their lives. In particular need of volunteers right now: South Carolina, New Jersey and Texas.
The water crisis in Flint, Mich.; floods and tornados across the U.S. South, Southwest and Midwest; wildfires in California - there are so many U.S. disaster recovery needs right now. UCC Disaster Ministries has responded to requests for solidarity grants from congregations in California, South Carolina, Michigan and Missouri and from a long-term recovery group in Houston, Texas, that are on the front lines of response. Read more in the Disaster Updates section of this website, and support these and other domestic response efforts through the UCC's USA Relief Fund.
UCC Disaster Ministries also are active internationally. Recent solidarity grants have gone to the Democratic Republic of Congo for flood recovery, Ethiopia for people hungry due to drought, and Fiji for relief efforts following devastating Tropical Cyclone Winston. The UCC is funding 50 new, earthquake-resistant homes in Nepal following last year's devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Another major project is housing and livelihoods training in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Read more in the Disaster Updates section of this website, and support these and other domestic response efforts through the International Emergency Relief Fund.
In addition to the three ways listed above, this one-page flyer lists nine more ways - 12 in all - to help disaster survivors recover through UCC Disaster Ministries. Have a look - and share widely!
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