By United Methodist News Service
Nearly 60,000 individuals have received United Methodist assistance during long-term recovery efforts in the
“Serving Survivors” summarizes United Methodist response to the unprecedented wind and water damage from several large hurricanes in 2005 — Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Stan and Wilma.
“We’re at the two-year mark in our five-year plan of long-term recovery work,” said the Rev. Sam W. Dixon, UMCOR interim executive.
Multiple uses for record gifts
Issued two years into the response, and near the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the new report details the disbursement of the funds and quantitative results of the assistance to families and individuals in the
Funds were also disbursed to local agencies and institutions to serve vulnerable populations. Additional funds were used in training and support ministries to establish and sustain case management staff. International partners helping to restore livelihoods of vulnerable farmer populations in
The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, the most active in recorded history, spawned 28 named storms, 15 of which became hurricanes, including Katrina, the costliest ever. After the storms, donors to the United Methodist Committee on Relief “Hurricanes of 2005” appeal responded with record gifts to assist those affected. The total giving, over $66 million, was the highest ever given to an UMCOR Advance.
UMCOR focuses on a case management approach to long-term recovery, a robust form of recovery considered “best practice” in the field, said
Rebuilds, improvements outpace others
Sixty-three percent of the disbursed funds have gone to the five annual conferences along the
Some 25,000 total and partial rebuilds have been done. The July 20 edition of USA Today said UMCOR home improvement efforts outpaced any other agency working in the
Twenty percent of the funds have gone to other grass-roots organizations serving vulnerable populations. These agencies serve the most vulnerable in the
Funds have also been used to establish and develop the system needed to support and sustain long-term recovery, UMCOR’s specialty. UMCOR Sager Brown, in