"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." - Psalm 46
If you've been struggling to find a way to help those in need from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, here is a suggestion from the UCC national office.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas, on Friday, August 25 as a Category 4 storm with 130 mile per hour winds. The storm caused widespread flooding and significant damage across southern Texas as the slow moving storm dropped several feet of water throughout the region. UCC Disaster Ministries continues to monitor the situation and maintain contact with the South Central Conference and partners as well as federal and state agencies.
By the Numbers:
- Category 4 Hurricane at landfall. (first since 2004)
- 130mph winds
- 8 Million people within area of impact
- Nearly 300,000 without power
- 50 inches of rain expected in some regions
- Red Cross preparing to shelter 20,000-30,000
- 500,000 homes already affected
UCC Disaster Ministries is already gearing up for our long-term recovery work in the region and your contributions for Harvey survivors means providing community support for holistic recovery, repairing house and home for families and children and restoring dignity for the most vulnerable who have lost everything in the wake of this catastrophic event.
In response to the catastrophic devastation in Houston and surrounding areas in Texas, our congregation plans to support relief efforts in a variety of ways. First, for those who wish to give funds directly to relief efforts, you may give to the United Church of Christ’s USA Emergency Fund. 100% of monies given go directly to on the ground efforts through our Wider Church Ministries.
1. Checks may be placed in Offering Plate starting today: Make them out to "United Church of Christ” with “Hurricane Harvey” in memo line.
2. You can also give securely online at UCC.org.
In coming weeks and months, our Outreach Board will offer a variety of ways to offer other kinds of help, recognizing that as with Hurricane Katrina, the rebuilding and relief efforts will take years.