A United Methodist volunteer team from the California-Pacific Conference prepares to work on a home damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Long Beach, N.Y., a part of Long Island. The home is elevated on concrete pilings to help avoid future flooding, requiring the team to climb a ladder to the living space.
Year 1: Sandy recovery — Different needs everywhere
From Santiago, Cuba, to Criswell, Md., to Far Rockaway, Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Long Island and the Jersey shore, the recovery efforts began. The survivors shared common threads of need: immediate relief, assessment, repair, rebuilding and renewal from the emotional and spiritual toll.Learn what United Methodists did.
Year 1: Sandy recovery — Management the key
A rebuild averages four to five months and could take up to a year, but The United Methodist Church has become well known for disaster case management. “UMCOR is the gold standard,” said Bobbie Ridgely, director of A Future with Hope, Greater New Jersey’s Sandy relief organization. Read about how it works.
Year 1: Sandy recovery — Volunteers a lifeline
“If it wasn’t for them (the volunteers), believe me, it wouldn’t be the same,” said Nancy Gibson, who welcomed United Methodist volunteer teams from Tennessee, Ohio, Virginia and Alabama. “A lot of people, even in this block here, still aren’t finished.” Learn about ways in which the church made a difference.
Year 1: Sandy recovery — ‘Love Methodist volunteers’
Volunteers are the backbone of United Methodist disaster response and nobody knows that better than the people who set up the work opportunities. “I love my Methodist volunteers,” declared Gillian Prince, who works in the New York Conference’s Brooklyn relief office. “They are the best…they come in ready and willing to work.” Meet some of those volunteers.
Year 1: Sandy recovery — Mission teams needed
Since many volunteer in mission teams plan six months in advance, the advertisement and recruitment for spring and summer of 2014 is crucial right now, says UMCOR’s disaster relief coordinator for the U.S. Recovery from Sandy is expected to take years, so relief coordinators have to keep Sandy on the front-burner for a long time. Volunteers a critical need.