UCC Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

Recovering Survivors from Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, Battered by Another Strong Typhoon Hagupit/Ruby

The propulsion of survivors to recover from devastation caused by deadly typhoon Haiyan in November 8, 2013 have been hampered by the landfall of another strong typhoon Hagupit on Saturday, December 6, 2014 that, until today wroth havoc to properties and livelihood of thousands of families in Eastern Visayas and other regions in the Philippines hardly hit by the wild catastrophe.

Typhoon Hagupit causes loss and destruction in the Philippines

Approximately 13 months after typhoon Haiyan devastated and destroyed towns and villages in the Philippines residents have had to face another major typhoon. As super typhoon Hagupit , locally known as Ruby, approached it weakened to a category 3 storm.  However, its strong winds and torrential rains caused flooding which damaged and destroyed homes, ruined crops and fields and reportedly killed over 2 dozen people as it  crossed the island of Samar which had been...

UCC Disaster Ministries unveils new look, mission statement and realigned focus for domestic/U.S.-based disaster work.

In a recent move to clearly define the role of UCC Disaster Ministries and changes at the National Setting, staff have taken on the challenge of reshaping the beloved and highly respected program that has been in existence for nearly 15 years.  “It was time to look at our ministry in light of changes within the disaster response community and realign our work with the needs that exist and the resources we have available,” explained...

With support from UCC Disaster Ministries recovery for one Baxter Springs, KS family is a celebration of renewed hope and stability

On Nov. 19 members of the community, donors, and the Baxter Springs Long Term Recovery Committee gathered to welcome Virginia, Jesse, and their son into their new home. “Seeing their smiles and feeling their warm thanks and appreciation made every long day and late night worth it.” noted Jen Smith of the recovery committee. Seven months after a devastating tornado impacted this small town this family finally was able to return to a home of...

Somalia drought impacts Kenya, US

  -Dahir Adan, 30, and his wife Fartun Muhumed, 26, are refugees from Somalia, resettled to the U.S. in February 2010 by Church World Service and Community Immigration and Refugee Services of Ohio.  They live in Columbus, with their four small children, but they worry for their drought-afflicted relatives back home in the Horn of Africa. “They have...

Contact Info

Zachary Wolgemuth
Executive for UCC Disaster Ministries
700 Prospect Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115
216-736-3211
wolgemuthz@ucc.org

Contact Info

Diane Dicken
Administrative Assistant, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
216-736-3810
dickend@ucc.org