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The UMCOR Hotline

April 17, 2007

In Today's Hotline:

Red Arrow-giftSolomon Islands: Providing Food and Shelter

Red Arrow-giftCalifornia: Freeze Relief

Red Arrow-giftLouisiana: Coming Home

Red Arrow-giftResources: Making Your Church Accessible

SOLOMON ISLANDS: PROVIDING FOOD AND SHELTER

UMCOR is assisting the World Council of Churches Pacific Office in their emergency response to those left homeless by the April 2 tsunami in the Solomon Islands. One hundred families are receiving food supplies as well as temporary shelter, kitchen supplies, mattresses, blankets and mosquito nets. These supplies will help families in desperate need make it through the initial weeks as they begin to recover.

Gifts to International Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #982450 will support this response and others around the world. Online Giving

CALIFORNIA: FREEZE RELIEF

Months after an unusual cold snap severely damaged citrus crops in Lindsay, Calif., farmers and their workers continued to struggle. A local United Methodist pastor remembered UMCOR as she sought to bring needed assistance to her community. After a call to UMCOR’s domestic disaster response office, help was on its way. Financial assistance arrived within the week to help provide for this farming community as they await the next crop to ripen.

Your generous gifts to Domestic Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670, helped provide for this community in their time of need. Please continue to give so that UMCOR is able to respond just as quickly and generously to future disasters within our borders.Online Giving

LOUISIANA: COMING HOME

Miss Dorothy’s home in the Upper Ninth Ward of New Orleans was filled with three feet of water from Hurricane Katrina. She needed assistance to return her home to livable condition. UMCOR case manager, Joseph Taylor helped her do just that. “Joseph is my leanin’ stick,” said Miss Dorothy. Volunteer teams have helped with gutting, roof repair and putting up sheetrock. The Salvation Army provided her with grants that she used to purchase kitchen cabinets, plumbing and flooring. Piece by piece her home has been restored with the help of her case manager who ensures Miss Dorothy receives all the help that is available to her.

Volunteers are still needed throughout the Gulf Coast to rebuild what was lost. Make your plans to join the effort and contact your jurisdictional or annual conference coordinator for United Methodist Volunteers in Mission.

RESOURCES: MAKING YOUR CHURCH ACCESSIBLE

Ensuring that all are welcomed to your church for worship by making it accessible to people of all abilities can be a daunting task. New resources are available on the UMCOR website to help churches assess their building for accessibility. Visit Making Your Church Accessible for these resources or call for more information at 800-554-8583.

UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR's ministries, please visit umcor.org. You can donate to any project by placing a contribution in the offering plate at a local United Methodist church; by sending a check to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087-9068; or by calling 1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted. You can also give online by clicking on any of the "Give Now" links. UMCOR is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States and qualifies for the maximum charitable contribution deduction by donors.

And, please pray for those who are hungry, displaced, sick or in poverty because of these and other natural and human-made disasters, and for the workers who minister to them.

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