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.
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.
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.
Episcopal Relief & Development Major Gifts Officer Mike Smith traveled to Houston to survey the devastating damage left by Hurricane Harvey and to document the work of our church partners. He returned with hopeful stories of people and communities profoundly changed as they recover from the storm.
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.