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By Mike Smith

Two Women and a Truck Help Put a Community Back Together

As Hurricane Florence draws nearer, we send prayers and support our partners as they prepare to respond to the needs of the impacted community. At this time, we also recognize the one year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey. Mike Smith, Major Gifts Officer, shares a story of a community in Texas and how they are rebuilding and recovering together.

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By Mike Smith

Harvey One Year Later

One year after Hurricane Harvey inundated South Texas, the recovery process seems almost as random as the storm itself. How are people doing? It depends. People with few resources are struggling, as if the storm had just hit. And for many, a nagging depression lingers. They know that full recovery is a long way away. 

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By Mike Smith

Puerto Rico is "The Diocese of Hope"

Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico last fall, but communities are recovering bit by bit and are preparing for the upcoming season.

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By Mike Smith

Small Church Plays Big Role in a Community’s Recovery

All across the dioceses of Southeast Florida and Central Florida, church partners are helping in ways large and small. Read on and discover how the St. Columba Episcopal Church in Marathon, Florida is making a difference in their community.

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By Mike Smith

A Journey Through The Remote Hills of Tinglayan, Philippines

Mike Smith, Major Gift Officer at Episcopal Relief & Development recently visited two small villages in The Philippines, Butbut Proper and Luccong, to learn about the community members' way of life (and play with cattle!). Read on as Mike digests his journey to the beautiful country.

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By Mike Smith

A New Creation Rises in the Philippines

In this blog, read about the new Sabang-Bao housing development in the Philippines, almost three years in the making, that is now home to 80 families who have worked, saved and paid for their new community. Past homes were temporary structures that were at the mercy of typhoons, easily destroyed. This is the situation that potentialy would have passed along to their children and their children’s children. But now, there is hope for a more secure future.

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By Mike Smith

Despite Challenges Fathers Want to Provide

Sometimes it’s easy being a father. Being a father in some parts of the world, including many of the countries where Episcopal Relief & Development works, can be a much tougher job. Read more.

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By Mike Smith

Take a Storytelling Journey Through Kenya!

Are you ready for an immersive journey through Kenya? That’s what it feels like when listening to Major Gifts Officer Mike Smith share his in depth experience of visiting families, savings groups, health clinics and passion fruit farmers in Kenya.  You have the option to experience this

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By Mike Smith

The Hitel Family: No Strings Attached

Each day, Jamie and Sarah Hitel are surrounded by children: three of their own and dozens of others. She’s a teacher and he’s the music director at Christ Church in Greenwich, CT. Maybe it’s all those youngsters that make Jamie and Sarah so approachable, unflappable and 

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By Mike Smith

A Lifetime's Dedication - The Reverend Alden Besse

The room at the top of the stairs is a shared home office. The Reverend Alden Besse is on the left, his wife Barbara on the right. Hers has a computer and file cabinets. She’s the organized one, the one who does e-mail. Alden’s side of the room is awash in post-its, newspaper clippings,

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