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  • July 06, 2010

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*HAITI: Relief, Six Months after the Quake

*JFON: TPS Deadline for Haitian Nationals Fast Approaching

*RELIEF SUPPLIES: A Special Day

*US: Storms and Tornadoes Hurtle across Country

HAITI: RELIEF, SIX MONTHS AFTER THE QUAKE

During the half-year since an earthquake unleashed massive destruction in Haiti, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has been devoted to both providing immediate assistance to survivors and laying the groundwork for a large-scale, long-term recovery effort.

The Methodist Church of Haiti and the annual conferences and congregations of The United Methodist Church in the US are UMCOR’s chief partners in this endeavor. The organization re-opened a field office in Port-au-Prince in February and dug in its heels for long-term recovery work in coordination with United Nations efforts.

In addition, UMCOR has made significant grants to partners with long experience in Haiti, including Action by Churches Together (ACT) Alliance. In response to pressing needs, UMCOR Health will support the development of a physical therapy unit at Grace Children’s Hospital in the Haitian capital. Read more.

Haiti Resources Available

The six-month milestone in Haiti relief and recovery offers an opportune moment to share with congregations and communities gospel lessons of solidarity and to invite participation in the unfolding labor of love in Haiti.

Visit UMCOR’s Haiti resource page and download slideshows, a poster, and worship materials. Learn about volunteering and about how to send relief kits to meet specific needs. Read blog entries at UMCOR Notebook.

Support

Generous United Methodists and other people of goodwill have so far given more than $40 million to earthquake relief in Haiti through UMCOR. The outpouring of support for rebuilding has been humbling.

Please continue to keep the Haitian people in your prayers as the work of clearing away debris and rebuilding homes, schools, places of worship, small businesses—and lives—gets underway. Your ongoing financial commitment to this endeavor is much needed and appreciated.

Gifts to support UMCOR’s work can be made online by visiting www.umcorhaiti.org. For gifts by mail, please make checks payable to UMCOR and mail to UMCOR, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087. Please indicate Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325 on the memo line of your check. One hundred percent of gifts to this Advance will help the people of Haiti. Online Giving

JFON: TPS DEADLINE FOR HAITIAN NATIONALS FAST APPROACHING

July 20 is the deadline for Haitian nationals living in the United States to apply for temporary protected status (TPS). The US government made this special status available following the January 12 earthquake in Haiti.

According to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS ), more than 44,000 people have so far applied for the status, which is open to all Haitian nationals who have continuously resided in the US since January 12, 2010 and meet other TPS eligibility requirements.

UMCOR’s Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) program has offered special clinics to help those who may be eligible for this special status navigate the requirements. For more information, visit JFON ’s website. Please support this valuable ministry with your gift to Justice for Our Neighbors, UMCOR Advance #901285. Online Giving

RELIEF SUPPLIES: A SPECIAL DAY

On June 15, volunteers and staff at UMCOR Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, Louisiana, loaded a truck with health kits, school kits, and UNICEF school boxes for shipment to Haiti. It was the first shipment of relief supplies to go directly from an UMCOR depot to the new UMCOR field office in Port-au-Prince.

Due to Haiti’s broken infrastructure, which affects ports, roads, security, transportation, and storage, and to the Haitian government’s requirements for cumbersome documentation, this direct shipment seemed long in coming, wrote Kathy Kraiza, executive director of UMCOR Relief Supplies. Several smaller shipments were made in the meanwhile via UMCOR partners. Read more.

The arrival in Haiti of the container of supplies meant that 5,532 children could attend school and have the pencils, paper, crayons, and other tools necessary to do their best. It meant that 2,688 individuals would have soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, and other hygiene items to protect them against disease.

When you assemble relief supply kits, you help make a difference in the daily lives of people in Haiti and other places experiencing emergency conditions. To learn more about kit assembly, click here. To make a gift to this important ministry, visit Material Resource Ministry, UMCOR Advance #901440. Online Giving

US: STORMS AND TORNADOES HURTLE ACROSS COUNTRY

Since early May, severe weather—including tornadoes, storms, and flooding—has continued to affect many areas of the US South, Midwest, and West.

As the 2010 hurricane season got underway last month, a number of communities in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Georgia, and Nebraska, were already digging out and drying out from tornadoes and storms that left a wake of destruction.

Your gift to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670 will help neighbors around the country face the aftermath of violent weather and begin to rebuild their homes, places of worship and lives. Online Giving

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.

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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