You Know it When you See it

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Everyone – staff and clients — at Episcopal Community Health Services, known as ECHOS, in southwest Houston know it when they see it. Cathy Moore, ECHOS Director, and her staff know that people who come to ECHOS are trying to stabilize and improve their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Even now, months after the storm, folks are rebuilding … Read More

Bringing hope through blankets in eastern Kentucky

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Kentucky may be in the south, but that doesn’t prevent the state from experiencing extreme bouts of cold in the winter, particularly in the evenings when it frequently drops below freezing. This is particularly difficult for those who are experiencing homelessness. WestCare Kentucky Emergency Shelter in Pikeville is described by director Anna Coleman as Pikeville’s “…best kept secret” since many … Read More

Clean up bucket collaboration puts more than 1000 kits in the hands of hurricane victims

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United Church of Christ congregations across the country are collaborating with other churches, businesses and organizations around emergency clean-up buckets, to make sure the much-needed supplies get to the people who need them in Texas, Florida and beyond. Just this week, more than 1,000 five-gallon buckets, valued at more than $75 each, were or will be transported from Illinois, New … Read More

UCC Florida Conference matches Disaster Ministries’ Matching Grants for CWS Buckets

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The United Church of Christ’s Florida Conference is matching UCC National Disaster Ministries’ matching grant of $250 for Florida congregations to assemble CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets and/or School and Hygiene Kits. Florida’s conference minister proposed – and the conference board of directors approved – the additional $250 match after hearing of the enthusiasm of Union Congregational UCC in Holly Hill, Fla., … Read More

CWS Kits and Blankets provide hope in New York

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In September 2007, a group of individuals working in low income areas of New York City came together to address the issues of Hunger, Poverty, Injustice, Natural Disasters and Education.  They formed a PROJECT called “HOPE,” to provide resources to their neighbors in need. Almost 10 years later, Project Hope is still dedicated to working with children, youth and families … Read More

CWS Blankets and Hygiene Kits meet needs in rugged, rural Colorado

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For 35 years, the nonprofit organization La Puente has provided vital resources and services to people in crisis in Colorado’s San Luis Valley. Since opening their doors in 1982, the organization has learned that the needs of the people they serve are complex, and their programs and services have evolved from assisting stranded travelers and the temporarily displaced to include … Read More

CWS Emergency Cleanup Buckets – rapid response to Hurricane Matthew

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Floods and hurricanes affected communities around the world in 2016. Late in the year, Hurricane Matthew swept through the United States. The storm hit eastern North Carolina on the afternoon of October 8 and continued through October 9, leaving behind a path of devastating flooding, destruction of property and loss of life. The impact of the storm was felt by … Read More

CWS Hygiene Kits – the beginning of emergency supply kits in Florida

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Church World Service was formed in response to an emergency. More than 70 years later, disaster mitigation, preparedness and response continue to be an important part of our work. Last year CWS responded to emergencies both in the United States and abroad by providing material supplies, expertise and financial support. CWS hosted disaster preparedness trainings for migrant communities in Florida … Read More

Southern Ohio Brethren Disaster Ministries Provides CWS Kits

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The Brethren Disaster Ministries of the Southern Ohio District was formed in the early 1970s by several Church of the Brethren congregations throughout western and southern Ohio.  This ministry was started with the understanding that natural disasters can destroy communities and devastate families in a matter of moments. The Brethren Disaster Ministries works to help the most vulnerable survivors rebuild … Read More