Episcopal Relief & Development works with dioceses across the US to assist members of vulnerable groups in the immediate aftermath of natural and human-made disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, oil spills and others, like COVID-19. This list of responses is updated on a monthly basis.
In March, a string of tornadoes came raging through Alabama and Georgia causing widespread devastation.
In Sawyerville, a place where the diocese has relationships and there is great need. The Episcopal Diocese of Alabama is leveraging relationships it has with Sawyerville Day Camp to provide relief to families affected by the March tornadoes. The diocese is assisting with food, tree removal and driveway reclamation efforts.
Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta in distributing clothing, food, cleaning supplies and providing financial assistance to families, at-risk youth , undocumented people and low-income individuals after the recent tornadoes in the south caused widespread damage. The Diocese is working the the historically Black United Methodist Church in the Chalk Level neighborhood, which is serving as the main hub and distribution center for people in need.
As the seasons change, floods devastated appalachian areas of the US causing displacements and significant home damage.
The Episcopal Diocese of Lexington is working with Episcopal Relief & Development to provide relief to low-income families in Perry, Lee and Estill counties after devastating floods in Eastern Kentucky.
In response to the severe flooding that displaced thousands in the Nashville metro area, the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee has partnered with Episcopal Relief & Development to meet urgent needs. The diocese will be supporting single-parent households, unemployed workers and undocumented families with meal deliveries, medication and transportation.
Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas‘ Immigration Ministries to help transport an influx of refugees and asylum seekers who test negative for COVID-19 be transported from the border through San Antonio, Texas to their final destination. We are also helping the ministry to provide meal kits, baby kits, PPE kits and gaining access to medical care in collaboration with community partners in order to help them protect themselves from the disease in their travels and in their new destination.
The US Disaster Program is working with Episcopal church leaders to identify needs created by power outages and a lack of water in the southern areas of the US in the aftermath of the recent winter storm.
In the immediate aftermath of the winter storm that swept through the south, the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana will be offering support to families and individuals in Shreveport, Bossier City, Natchitoches and other places in Central Louisiana. The diocese is providing laundry products and gift cards for the purchase of food, diapers and cleaning supplies. They will also be offering pastoral care.
Episcopal Relief & Development has partnered with The Episcopal Diocese of Texas to provide emergency shelter, groceries, gas and serve cooked meals to families in Austin, Waco and the Greater Houston area. Families and individuals who are receiving help were experiencing homelessness, were without power or water and had significant damage done to their homes.
Episcopal Relief & Development and the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas have joined together to feed immigrants, low-income families and homeless individuals in East and South Dallas. The diocese will be providing blankets and warm clothing, water and food as well as providing shelter for homeless people at-risk of frostbite. Some support will go towards covering the cost of higher utility bills caused by needing higher amounts of heat in the freezing temperatures.
Episcopal Relief & Development is working with the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas to help families repair damages to homes, buy emergency supplies, replenish food and to provide water.
The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is providing food to rural families and assisting with emergency housing and home repair in response to the February winter storms.
Episcopal Relief & Development partnered with The Episcopal Church in Colorado to provide relief after the massive wildfires over the summer displaced thousands of people and damaged much of the infrastructure. By combining resources with other faith-based organizations like Catholic Charities, Salvation Army and the Lutheran Rocky Mountain Synod by way of long-term recovery group, the diocese is providing temporary housing, replenishing local food banks and addressing other unmet needs on a case by case basis. Diocesan leaders have also been providing pastoral support and offering resiliency building Zoom trainings to church leaders active in response and the community.