US Disaster Recovery Programs

 Episcopal Relief & Development is currently supporting various long term recovery programs around the US, including:

  • Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan: The Diocese of Eastern Michigan is responding to the long-term effects of lead contamination in the water system in Flint by providing nutrient-rich foods that can help mitigate the effects of lead poisoning, and cooking classes to teach residents how to best use these ingredients.
     
  • Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana: Responding through emergency housing, gift card support and volunteer cleanup programs after severe flooding in August 2016 led to widespread evacuations and damaged many homes.
  • Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia: After severe flooding in West Virginia killed 24 people, damaged more than 1,200 homes and left more than 18,000 without power across the state, the Diocese of West Virginia is responding to unmet needs through case management and local long term recovery groups.

In the past, Episcopal Relief & Development has assisted a range of other programs, including:

  • Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas: Providing financial, emotional and spiritual aid by identifying and caring for underserved populations affected by the April 2014 tornadoes. 
     
  • Episcopal Diocese of Colorado: Helping people recover following flooding that swept the state's Front Range in the fall of 2013 through direct assistance, long-term recovery groups and a "Year of Resilience."
     
  • Episcopal Church in Connecticut: Supporting Ben's Lighthouse, a ministry of Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown, to promote the long-term mental health of the community's children, youth and families and to nurture a culture of non-violence and caring. 
     
  • Episcopal Diocese of Easton: Hosting volunteer groups to repair homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy and construct new ones where existing homes cannot be repaired.
     
  • Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma: Working with congregations and long-term recovery groups around the state to meet the needs of vulnerable people following tornados in the spring of 2013.
  • Episcopal Community Services of Louisiana (ECSLA): Supporting oil spill-affected communities as they adapt to the financial, emotional and social changes caused by the oil spill, through case management and supporting community resilience.

  • Jericho Road (Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana): Working in partnership to revitalize Central City, a New Orleans neighborhood recovering from Hurricane Katrina and decades of disinvestment.

  • Episcopal Diocese of Texas, Bastrop, TX: Working with Calvary Episcopal Church and ecumenical partners to rebuild homes following the devastating fires in 2011.

  • Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota: Working with All Saints Episcopal Church in Minot to rebuild flooded homes.

  • Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee: Rebuilding homes in Nashville that were damaged during the 2010 floods, through St. Luke's Community House's Restore a Dream Center.

  • Episcopal Diocese of Texas: Rebuilding homes for elderly and disabled residents affected by Hurricane Ike in Galveston and the surrounding communities.

  • Episcopal Diocese of Vermont: Supporting parish ministries in responding to local needs following Hurricane Irene.

  • Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi: Expanding home-ownership opportunities on the Gulf Coast through the diocese's Hallelujah Housing program, as well as providing financial education and assistance through a parish-based ministry.

  • Episcopal Diocese of Iowa: Addressing the needs of vulnerable communities in recovery efforts following the floods of 2008.

  • Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota: Working with communities both on and off Native American reservations following floods and tornadoes in 2008.

  • Episcopal Diocese of Alabama: Helping to provide long-term rebuilding and recovery assistance for the unmet needs of families affected by tornadoes in Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Cullman, Sawyerville, Madison County and Dekalb County.

  • Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem: Volunteer opportunities include indoor and outdoor repair of flood-damaged homes in the diocese of Bethlehem, PA.

  • Episcopal Diocese of New York: Rebuilding homes for vulnerable families impacted by Hurricane Sandy in Staten Island.

  • Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey: Aiding vulnerable individuals and communities by providing direct assistance, partnering with various long-term recovery groups and working with parish-based programs following Hurricane Sandy.