Here’s how we are changing lives. FEMA depends on a number of religious groups for their expertise when disaster strikes, and each religious group has unique abilities. Through excellent communication with FEMA and each other, there is no duplication.
UMCOR, the United Methodist response group, specializes in case management, emergency kits such as cleaning buckets, and volunteers. Not only do we have a volunteer army of 20,000 people for early response teams who muck out homes, we have even more Mission trip leaders and participants.
Trained volunteer case managers help families navigate the maze of aid and insurance to rebuild their lives. These case managers then work with our regular mission teams who do the rebuilding. These volunteer hours are counted at $25 per hour towards the ~10% that states are supposed to match towards federal disaster aid.
Already in Texas, over 6,000 homes have been “mucked” out by the specially trained advance UM volunteer teams, and 28,000 cleaning buckets are waiting to be shipped to Puerto Rico when that becomes possible.
Grace and Peace, Kim