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.
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 and communities. Click to read the SOC e-news story.
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.
In Puerto Rico's long recovery from Hurricane Maria, a congregation serving homeless people, undocumented immigrants, young mothers and elderly folks may soon become a center of outreach to an entire section of the island, with help, in part, from United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries.
The damage inflicted by severe flooding and tornadoes across the United States this spring can be quantified in billions of dollars. It also can be described by the ache in one mom's heart to get her four daughters back into the only home they've ever known.
Is your church prepared to withstand a natural disaster and to help your congregation and community in the aftermath? Being ready just got easier, thanks to the new "A Disaster Preparedness Manual for Churches" from UCC Disaster Ministries and the Insurance Board. Tailored for use by houses of worship of any denomination or faith, the easy-to-use 24-page manual is a guide to preparing your building and congregation and to serving your community when disaster occurs.
More than three dozen major disasters have been declared across the United States so far in 2019. The U.S. has seen severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides and mudslides, tornadoes and wildfires. UCC Disaster Ministries is working to support local UCC congregations, associations and conferences, along with long-term recovery groups, in their initial response, totaling $38,000 to date.
UCC Disaster Ministries is extending the deadline for congregations assembling CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets to apply for Matching Grants up to $250 each. Churches now have until December 31, 2019, to stretch their own cash and in-kind contributions to stocking up these supplies so in demand following hurricanes, flooding and other disasters.
UCC Michigan Conference Disaster Coordinators Harold and Marcia Beer are steering clear of fossil fuels on their way to the United Church of Christ General Synod in Milwaukee, Wis., June 21-25. They're going by sailboat from Muskegon, Mich. Members of Edgewood United Church UCC in East Lansing, they will sail their 27-foot sloop across Lake Michigan.
UCC Disaster Ministries has sent an additional $50,000 for construction materials for its Hurricane Harvey recovery work site in Port Arthur, Texas, where it has been partnering with a local nonprofit to rehabilitate 17 low-income rental units that were flooded in the August 2017 disaster.