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  • December 07, 2010

The UMCOR Hotline

In Today's Hotline:

*HAITI: New Grants Support Education, Cholera Prevention

*HAITI: Religion’s Response to Disaster

*JFON: Client Story

*US: Long-term Recovery in Tennessee


More than 72,000 cases of cholera have been reported in Haiti and some 1,700 people have succumbed to the disease since the epidemic began in late October, according to the World Health Organization and other sources.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has approved a grant to partner GlobalMedic to deploy a Rapid Response Team to Haiti to provide water purification units to families in the greater Port-au-Prince area who have been affected by the outbreak.

Another recent UMCOR grant to the Methodist Church of Haiti will help fund university scholarships for some 33 students over the course of their three-year studies. The Methodist Church of Britain and the United Church of Canada are also contributors to the program.

Your gift to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325, helps UMCOR respond to support the people of Haiti as they seek to rebuild their country after last January’s devastating earthquake. Online Giving


The CBS Religion Special, “Religion’s Response to Disaster,” covers how faith communities have responded to Haiti’s January 12 earthquake. The show features the work of UMCOR and an interview with Melissa Crutchfield, head of UMCOR’s international disaster response program.

The program began airing last Sunday. Check your local listings for the exact date and time it will be broadcast in your area. More information is available online.

Support UMCOR’s ongoing work in Haiti by giving to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance #418325.Online Giving


Sonya Kushnir, a mother and teacher, in the Ukraine, and Fred (not their real names), a US citizen, met over the internet. Eventually, they fell in love and became engaged. In 2007, Sonya and her son entered the US on a fiancée visa and obtained conditional residency.

After the wedding, but before the conditional residency could be made permanent, Fred began to abuse Sonya both physically and verbally. When his abuse took aim at her son, Sonya and the boy fled and sought refuge at a shelter for abused women.

In October 2008, facing the end of their conditional residency, Sonya and her son turned to UMCOR’s Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) program. JFON helped Sonya document her good faith in marrying Fred and the abuse she and her son suffered. Eventually, they were granted full permanent residency.

JFON connects a national network of church-based, volunteer-led immigration clinics to immigrants who need a helping hand to navigate the rules and laws that affect their lives in the US. Read First Monday, the JFON newsletter. Your gift to Justice for Our Neighbors, UMCOR Advance #901285, supports this important ministry. Online Giving


When torrential rains and wind pelted Tennessee last spring the result was widespread damage and destruction. But the April 30 – May 5 storms were not the end of the story. Another storm hit May 9 and then again on August 16. Many who suffered in the first round of storms were hit again, and again.

UMCOR worked with the Tennessee Annual Conference to provide immediate relief to the affected communities and case management training for long-term recovery. UMCOR continues to support the conference’s efforts to respond to as yet unmet needs and enable other agencies involved in long-term case management.

Your gift to US Disaster Response, UMCOR Advance #901670, helps UMCOR to be there and be hope for US communities confronting disaster. Online Giving

UMCOR provides emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR’s ministries, please visit 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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