Following is an update from the Massachusetts Conference Disaster Resource Team
It has been over a year since the June 2011 tornado cut its path through central Massachusetts, and the flooding rains of Hurricane Irene re-carved river beds. Our UCC churches have been integral in the assessment, stabilization, emotional and spiritual support, and recovery efforts.
Long Term Recovery Groups have been hard at work determining the unmet needs of those impacted by the storms and connecting them with resources to help their recovery. Long Term Recovery Groups (LTRGs) are a collaboration and partnership between faith based organizations, nonprofit relief groups and state, local and federal agencies. Currently there are four LTRGs, all of which have UCC representation on them. Half of these are chaired by UCC pastors.
Our MACUCC churches have been generous in their gifts of time, effort and resources. Many churches have sent crews to help with clean up and repair. Our MACUCC sponsored a mission trip into the region this summer in which 29 participants from five churches took part. We have received donations topping $125,000.
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