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Disaster Ministries

Disaster Updates

North Carolina's Ocracoke Island gets Dorian recovery help from UCC

Last September, as Hurricane Dorian made its way north from the Bahamas, it swept over Ocracoke Island, N.C., as a Category 1 hurricane. Half the island’s structures were damaged, including 417 primary residences and 194 rentals. A $5,000 grant from UCC Disaster Ministries will help the new long-term recovery group serve the island's affected residents.

UCC Disaster Ministries augments support for Hurricane Michael recovery

Across the Florida Panhandle, there are still significant unmet needs from Hurricane Michael in 2018. Households in both coastal and inland communities are still awaiting help to rebuild or rehabilitate their homes. UCC Disaster Ministries has a broad program of support for the Panhandle's recovery - most recently salary for a construction manager in Calhoun and Jackson counties and a $5,000 seed grant for Holmes County recovery.

Earthquake Recovery - Puerto Rico

In Puerto Rico, powerful earthquakes have killed one person, injured several, unleashed small landslides and caused homes and other buildings to crack and crumble. The earthquakes and aftershocks have taken out power across most of the island, also leaving hundreds of thousands without water. UCC Disaster Ministries has sent an initial $20,000 and is seeking a total of $250,000 to assist the people of the island.

Recent UCC Disaster Ministries international grants

Here are recent grants approved by UCC Disaster Ministries.

Disaster recovery initiative UCC helped form is growing ecumenically

A pilot program to help communities launch long-term recovery following disasters is growing ecumenically. Over the past two years, the disaster ministries of the United Church of Christ, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Church of the Brethren have joined forces to pioneer the Disaster Recovery Support Initiative (DRSI) in nine states and U.S. territories. Now DRSI is folding into the disaster programs of Church World Service (CWS).