In the face of Superstorm Sandy, we see Jesus. Matthew 25:31-46
Superstorm Sandy was the most destructive storm New Jersey has ever experienced. It left 2.7 million New Jerseyans without power, 253,000 households sustained damage and tens of thousands of homes were uninhabitable. Sandy disrupted or discontinued thousands of jobs and impacted tens of thousands of people’s lives. A storm this size calls for many partners working together to bring relief and recovery to New Jerseyans. The United Methodist Church, through its 600 congregations in the Greater New Jersey Conference and its 30,000 churches across the United States, will collaborate with other relief agency partners to rebuild a future with hope. Jeremiah 29:11
For more than 200 years, The United Methodist Church has been meeting human needs around the world. Through UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) we have earned an A rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy. Our relief and recovery efforts will collaborate with civic, business, faith-based and governmental groups to rebuild homes, lives and communities impacted by Superstorm Sandy.
The Greater New Jersey United Methodist Response
Through its nonprofit organization, A Future with Hope, United Methodists will focus on four areas – relief, repair, rebuild and renew.
We meet immediate human needs following a disaster. During the RELIEF phase we
We work with community residents, non-profit organizations, churches and local, state and federal agencies to assess damage and REPAIR homes, particularly for the elderly, disabled and low income whose insurance and other agency support does not cover all of the damages. We will utilize more than 20,000 trained volunteers under the supervision of professionals to repair 300-500 homes.
Repairing homes is essential and so is REBUILDing the social fabric of a community. Bringing a sense of normalcy involves more than hammers and nails. It is community building. We will work with three communities to provide asset based community building strategies to develop local leadership and strengthen community organizations. This may also include repairing community centers and churches.
One of the harshest results of Superstorm Sandy will be the emotional and spiritual toll it has on people’s lives. We will RENEW as we provide counseling and case management for more than 1,000 families over several years to help children, youth, parents/adults renew their hope and faith for the future.
A Future with HOPE, a nonprofit organization
The relief, repair, rebuild and renew work will be overseen by a nonprofit organization, A Future with Hope. Its board, made up of community, religious and business leaders from across the State of New Jersey will oversee the relief and recovery work of United Methodists as we collaborate with civic and faith based partners who seek to build a future with hope.
To learn more about A Future with Hope, visit their website at www.afuturewithhope.org.
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