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Stains on your clothes? Worth it, disaster recovery interns say

Two Summer Communities of Service interns whose assignment was disaster recovery cited unexpected learnings, such as how "having a stable home is the foundation for everything else," said Hannah G., one of the interns. She added, "The dirt, mud and paint stains on your clothes … if you have to throw away your sneakers as I will have to … it's worth it!"

UCC grant has Ryder Hospital's long-term thriving in mind

Ryder Memorial Hospital in Humacao, Puerto Rico, continues striving to repair the extensive damage from Hurricane Maria. UCC Disaster Ministries has approved a two-year start-up grant of $50,000 for the hospital to create a formal development office. It will help with ongoing recovery by creating fundraising strategies and collaborations for hurricane recovery and long-term sustainability.

NC workshops for pastors address disaster-related trauma

Disaster long-term recovery includes rebuilding both homes and hearts. United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries and the UCC Southern Conference (SOC) in July presented four 1.5-day disaster trauma retreats for clergy in Raleigh, Wilmington, Elizabeth City and New Bern, N.C., all areas impacted by Hurricane Florence in 2018. Chaplain and Pastor the Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs Jacobs from Chappaqua, N.Y., helped participants understand their reaction to disasters and trauma and how they can help their congregations...

C'mon down, work teams! Harvey recovery progresses to Beaumont TX

What can your mission team expect when it volunteers to help restore housing for Hurricane Harvey survivors in Beaumont, Texas? “Fellowship, warmth, hospitality and a whole lot of sweaty work,” says the Rev. Joshua Lawrence, the UCC’s Hurricane Harvey Recovery Co-Coordinator. Sixteen homes in Port Arthur have been restored. “Half a dozen of the houses in Beaumont are ready for work teams,” Lawrence said.  “The only thing missing is the work teams!”

Disaster Ministries grants in January-June 2019

In January-June 2019, UCC Disaster Ministries funded disaster recovery work that touched survivors of hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, cyclones, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions across the United States and around the world. Total disbursements exceeded $500,000! Here is a tally.

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