Closing church brings hope to Tropical Storm Irene victims


Photo by Alberto Pillot/FEMA

Seven months after Tropical Storm Irene devastated portions of Northwest Massachusetts and Vermont, the situation remains difficult for many victims in Williamstown, Mass. (Read more about the struggles in a recent Boston Globe article.)

Thanks to a gift from Adams Square Congregational Church in Worcester, which closed last year, the Massachusetts Conference has been able to make a $7,000 grant to Higher Ground, a non-profit led by First Congregational Church, Williamstown.  Our UCC pastor Carrie Bail, is leading a Long Term Recovery Group to assist in the continuing recovery efforts. Nearly 200 folks lost their housing as the flood waters rose and swept through a mobil home village.  This grant will fund a case manager who will assist the low income families and individuals who have been displaced from their homes.

FEMA News photo: taken September 7, 2011.  The Spruces Mobile Park in Williamstown, MA was severely flooded during Tropical Storm Irene August 27-29, which left over 250 homes affected in the western part of Massachusetts.  Photo by Alberto Pillot/FEMA

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