Haitian Medevac Cases: Volunteers Needed

 

Faith communities and volunteers who are interested in supporting Haitian Medevac cases should call Church World Service (212) 870-3300.

 

As of 2/11/10, medevac cases from Haiti are arriving or slated to arrive in the following metropolitan areas:  Miami, Tampa, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Newark, New York City and Boston.  Upon entering the United States, these cases are given humanitarian parole and quickly flown to receiving hospitals in the designated communities.  Many cases include an accompanier from Haiti, most often a close relative.

 

Church World Service (CWS) and its partners are now receiving these cases.  The seriousness of the injuries seen thus far will require a vast network of support in the cities of placement.  Faith communities and volunteers are an integral part of this network of support.

 

Local organizations, such as faith groups and voluntary organizations in the community are invited to make at least a three-month commitment to assist medevacs with any of the following:

 

  • Transportation to the hospital and to appointments
  • Providing funds for housing and food for the accompanier(s)
  • Providing funds for housing and food for the hospitalized individual upon release
  • Furnishing hygiene kits
  • Providing necessary clothing and footwear
  • Translation
  • Cultural orientation
  • Emotional support
  • Coordinate efforts with local CWS office or partner

 

The emphasis of this volunteer effort is to provide support for the hospitalized individual and those who are accompanying.  Volunteers and faith communities are not responsible for the medical costs related to the medevac.  Humanitarian parole status ensures that these individuals are eligible for assistance from government social service agencies.

 

Some of the cases may eventually return home to Haiti, be resettled in other U.S. cities, or join relatives in the United States.  Our role now is to provide the support necessary during their treatment for the injuries sustained in the earthquake.

 

Faith communities and volunteers who are interested in supporting Haitian Medevac cases should call Church World Service (212) 870-3300.

 

 

 

 

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Ms. Phyllis Y. Richards
Program Associate, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
216-736-3215
richardp@ucc.org