As we remember 2019 and move forward into 2020, we want to thank all of our churches and partners such as UMCOR, Volunteer Florida, and the Florida Annual Conference for supporting disaster response in Alabama-West Florida. The destruction and loss in many areas throughout our conference has been overwhelming, but you have helped the United Methodist Church to be a beacon of hope and healing. In the past year your support has made the following possible:
-$602,849.12 in salary support for churches (13) who would have had to lay off staff immediately after the hurricane;
-$94,779.76 to replace personal items lost by pastors ($300,000 will be given out when all receipts are in);
-$53,000 spent on clergy health and well-being for those affected areas (17 pastors);
-$381,507.04 church repair (18 churches);
-147 families assisted (cases closed) with 245 cases currently in process;
-69 homes repaired/completed;
-9 new homes in the process of being rebuilt (active construction on these);
-25 Hurricane Michael staff/8 Lee County staff;
In this new year, we ask for your continued prayers and support of disaster response ministry. There is much to do and most importantly we want to be those who walk alongside survivors and help them realize just how resilient they are.
Below are links to give and volunteer. We continue to welcome donations to our conference and to UMCOR.