By Bella DiFilippo*
In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew heavily damaged countries in the Caribbean as well as the East and Gulf coasts of the United States. A few weeks after the event, a federal emergency was declared for Virginia. In total, 2,306 houses were impacted by the storm. Major flooding was the cause of most of the damage to these homes.
In response, the Virginia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church began recovery projects in cooperation with other organizations. These projects were focused on providing clean-up and security to storm-damaged residences, particularly in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia. Meetings with the local community enabled the Virginia Conference to assess the areas that were in the most need.INFOGRAPHIC: WEN CHEN
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) also partnered with the Virginia Conference by providing training and a grant for the current recovery phase of work. The recently approved grant for $100,000 will go towards rebuilding damaged homes and will prioritize survivors who are uninsured, underinsured, low-income, and/or elderly.
With the approved grant, the Virginia Conference will hire two construction managers, a recovery manager, and purchase materials for construction. Recovery of damaged homes will be dependent on the labor provided by dedicated volunteers. Through this effort, 100 homeowners and their families will be able to return to clean and secure homes by the end of December.
You can support UMCOR’s U.S. Disaster Response work, such as the recovery projects in Virginia, by giving to Advance 901670.
*Bella DiFilippo is Program Area Liaison, from Communications for Global Ministries
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