It's been a year since Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico. UCC Disaster Ministries has accompanied the survivors from day one, investing nearly $500,000 funding, and another $250,000 in hurricane-damaged Florida and U.S. Virgin Islands. This does not count in-kind contributions, sharing of recovery expertise and work teams volunteering to rebuild homes. Read the UCC News Story about the UCC's nearly $500 million support for Puerto Rico's recovery.Read more
From our refugee resettlement partner Church World Service:"The Trump administration has just set the refugee admissions goal for next fiscal year at 30,000 - the lowest level in U.S. history. This drastically low number will leave tens of thousands of vulnerable refugees without a chance at safety.
Communities around the country are prepared to welcome at least 75,000 refugees. Refugees are more than just a global figure; they are families torn apart, children who have witnessed profound violence, and people seeking a chance to rebuild their lives and raise a family in safety. Protecting vulnerable populations is not a zero-sum game; we can and should protect refugees and others fleeing violence or persecution. As people who care about refugees, we must make our voices heard and tell both the White House and Congress that 30,000 is inexcusable and that we must set a refugee admissions goal of at least 75,000. The White House is required under U.S. law to consult with Congress prior to setting the annual refugee admissions number. This has not happened yet, which means Congress can and must weigh in today.
CALL YOUR SENATORS & REPRESENTATIVE TODAY:
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Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I urge you to protect the refugee resettlement program. I am outraged that President Trump has set a new historic low for FY 2019’s refugee admissions goal at 30,000. Protecting vulnerable populations is not a zero-sum game; we can and should protect refugees and others fleeing violence or persecution. Refugee resettlement facilitates U.S. diplomatic, national security, and foreign policy interests. The White House is also required to consult with Congress prior to setting the refugee admissions number, but they have not done so. Congress must act. I urge you to do everything in your power to see the administration resettle at least 75,000 refugees in 2019 and to stop the administration from further dismantling the resettlement program. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by supporting refugee resettlement."
Feel free to share a personal story about standing in solidarity with refugees. Let them know the specific ways that refugees contribute and are welcomed into your community.
You can also tweet at your Senators and Representatives and the administration. Here are some sample Twitter and Facebook messages:
BREAKING: @SecPompeo just announced the LOWEST refugee admissions goal in history - 30k - putting the lives of vulnerable families in danger. We will not stand for this. @[MemberOfCongress]
BREAKING: @SecPompeo‘s announcement of the lowest refugee admissions goal in history - 30k - is an affront to the countless American communities who have welcomed refugees and understand that they are valuable members of their cities and towns. @[MemberOfCongress]
Hurricane Florence roared ashore in the U.S. Carolinas September 14, 2018, then lingered over the region, causing catastrophic flooding, including prolonged significant river flooding, to the Carolina coast and inland. More than 40 people in the Carolinas and Virginia were killed. The environmental impacts of the storm's damage are vast, and current estimates of losses range from $38 to $50 billion.Read more
At least 134 people are dead - including eight rescuers and one other member of the United Church of Christ Philippines - with more injured or missing and feared buried in a landslide in the Philippines due to Typhoon Mangkhut (local name Ompong). UCC Disaster Ministries is contributing an initial $12,000 for the United Church of Christ Philippines' response to the needs of families and communities in Luzon impacted by the typhoon.Read more
As an extremely dangerous Hurricane Florence churns its way toward the east coast of the United States, UCC Disaster Ministries is monitoring the situation through established networks and stands ready to support Church partners, Conferences and Congregations in Florence's path. Florence is putting millions of people at risk and threaten billions of dollars in property damage.Read more
Where do your donations to UCC Disaster Ministries go? Read about release of funds in June, July and August.Read more
A contingent of almost a dozen UCC volunteers — teenager to retirees — went to Puerto Rico the first week of August to help get a number of homes under roof. They were one of the first UCC volunteer teams donating time and talents to the people of the island nation in a recovery mission that will span years. And UCC Disaster Ministries is in it for the long haul.Read more
Hurricane Lane brought torrential rains to the islands of Hawai’i. UCC Disaster Ministries has been keeping watch on the storm and its aftermath. UCC News prepared this update Friday, August 24, as local churches and congregants took shelter and immense amounts of water and wind were causing flash floods, landslides, and bringing down trees.Read more
As the Texas Gulf Coast prepares to mark the one year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, one of the most costly storms in U.S. history, the UCC Disaster Ministries' team and partners in the area are preparing for a busy fall season of rebuilding work.Read more
Will you join us in daily prayer this week to #Pray4Refugees
With the U.S. administration poised to announce another dangerous and damaging blow to the number of refugees welcomed in the United States in 2019, UCC Refugee Ministries is calling on all of our churches, members and communities to join us in #dailyprayer this week for #refugee families and the future of the U.S. refugee resettlement program. Will you join us in prayer each day and share these prayers with your community? See daily prayers and actions you can take below.
Why are we doing this? See background here to learn why we need prayers and what is at stake.
Do you want to stay involved? Become part of UCC Refugee Ministries interactive network. Contact Amanda Sheldon at email@example.com
Day 1: Monday, August 20