Hurricane Relief and Recovery Fund

October 19 Update: Support National Mission Institution Recovery

October 19 Update: Support National Mission Institution Recovery
Hurricane relief and recovery will take years in the Caribbean and southern states.

The powerful late-summer hurricanes that left a trail of destruction through parts of the Caribbean, Florida and Texas affected United Methodist Women-related National Mission Institutions; several sustained damage and those able served as emergency service centers for local residents.  

All the staff of the seven National Mission Institutions are accounted for and safe. Emergency grants are being provided to centers to support the immediate emergency needs of residents in their service area. To date, a total of $27,500 has already been sent to Cornerstone Family Ministries, Wesley Community Center, Houston and Wesley Community Centers, Robstown/Corpus Christi.

United Methodist Women's board of directors have voted to create a designated fund for hurricane relief and recovery. Donations to this fund will support grants that assist in direct service to the communities, as well as property grants to repair the buildings as needed. 

Online donors can choose the "Hurricane Relief Fund" option at www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/give.
Donors giving by check should note # 3019250 in the memo line. Members can give through their conferences or mail checks directly to:

United Methodist Women
15th Floor: Office of the Treasurer
475 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10115

The affected National Mission Institutions are:

  • Cornerstone Family Ministries, Tampa, Florida
  • Wesley House Family Services, Key West, Florida
  • New Bethlehem Community Center, Augusta, Georgia
  • Rural Mission, Johns Island, South Carolina
  • Wesley Community Center, Houston, Texas
  • Wesley Community Centers of Nueces County, Robstown and Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Robinson School, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Background:

In August, United Methodist Women sent $19,000 in emergency grants to Wesley Community in Houston and Wesley Community Centers of Nueces County, Texas, to provide food and financial assistance to local residents in crisis in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. 

Hurricane Irma, a category 5 storm, tore through the Florida Keys, Miami and up the state’s west side, damaging Wesley Community Center in Key West and Cornerstone Family Ministries in Tampa. 

Irma weakened as it moved north, but it maintained enough power to cause the flooding of offices and cable wire damage at Rural Mission on John’s Island, South Carolina, and roof and gutter damage at New Bethlehem Center in Augusta, Georgia. 

Rural Mission will receive a $9,500 emergency relief grant from United Methodist Women. The Bethlehem Center has not requested a grant, as it is filing an insurance claim.  “The Rosa Valdez Early Learning Center and Lab School was without power for over a week creating a hardship for families needing care for their children, many also without power,” reported Cathy Capo Stone, executive director of Cornerstone. “Thanks to United Methodist Women we were able to meet with each family very quickly to distribute gift cards to provide replacement food and gas. Each family received $100–$140 for food and $40 for gas.”

Posted or updated: 10/20/2017 12:00:00 AM
 

Give Thanks. Give Now.

Give to the Hurricane Relief Fund: #3019250

Online:
How to give online

By Check:
Write #3019250 in the memo line.
Mail to: 
United Methodist Women
15th Floor: Office of the Treasurer
475 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10115


*National Mission Institutions


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"The Rosa Valdez Early Learning Center and Lab School was without power for over a week creating a hardship for families needing care for their children, many also without power,” reported Cathy Capo Stone, executive director of Cornerstone. “Thanks to United Methodist Women, we were able to meet with each family very quickly to distribute gift cards to provide replacement food and gas. Each family received $100–$140 for food and $40 for gas.”
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