Hurricane Harvey

United Methodist Women Gives Emergency Grants for Hurricane Harvey Recovery

United Methodist Women Gives Emergency Grants for Hurricane Harvey Recovery
Laura Rodriguez unloads supplies at a National Mission Institution in Texas in March 2017.

In the wake of the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, United Methodist Women is giving emergency funds to two National Mission Institutions in Texas to assist local families and communities during recovery.

Wesley Community Center

The Wesley Community Center in Houston is receiving a $9,500 emergency grant from United Methodist Women to help residents who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey, either because of damage to their homes or through the loss of employment because of damages to their places of employment. The funds will be used to provide food as well as financial assistance with rent and utility needs for low-income families and individuals.

The Center will work together with other emergency response organizations, including the Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries, the Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, the United Way of Greater Houston, the Coalition for the Homeless for Houston and Harris County, and other school and community partners. Wesley expects that the need for emergency assistance will grow, as the recovery period will take some time. The Center’s building sustained some damage from the hurricane, with flooding and damage to the roof.

Wesley Community Centers of Nueces County

The Wesley Community Centers of Nueces County, Texas, are receiving $9,500 to assist with providing food, clothing, transportation, personal hygiene products, supplies for babies and more for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Wesley is working in conjunction with local churches in Nueces County, United Way, local businesses as well as emergency response organizations to meet urgent needs of poor and underserved women, children and families. The Centers plan to continue the response into the future.

Hurricane Irma

With Hurricane Irma expected to arrive in Florida this weekend, the Wesley Community Center in Key West, Fla., has secured its building and is evacuating.

Monitoring

United Methodist Women is continuing to monitor its National Mission Institutions in Texas, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

If you would like to help, you can donate to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), which is helping Hurricane Harvey survivors and is also currently working with early response teams to help the victims of Hurricane Irma. You can also donate to United Methodist Women’s Mission Giving, which provides the funds for emergency grants like those listed above. Please continue to pray for those who are impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

Posted or updated: 9/8/2017 12:00:00 AM
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