UMCOR - Standing in Solidarity with Puerto Rico

UMCOR - Standing in Solidarity with Puerto Rico


Standing in Solidarity with Puerto Rico

The 2017 hurricane season caused Puerto Rico unprecedented levels of destruction, devastating the lives of millions of people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless and displaced. The initial response has been slow for Puerto Rico as its food, fuel, and supplies are dependent on shipments from its air and sea ports, most of which have been severely damaged. The island’s ports and airports are slowly reopening though, allowing much-needed aid to make its way into Puerto Rico.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is in communication with the leaders of the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico (MCPR), and has been invited by MCPR to soon travel to Puerto Rico to plan for relief and recovery programs. In the meantime, the disaster response team from MCPR continues to make assessments.Standing in Solidarity with Puerto Rico

Note: In addition, there may be as many as 6,600 families seeking temporary relocation to the US mainland from Puerto Rico and other areas in the Caribbean. Tom Vencuss is working with NYDIS (New York Disaster Interfaith Services) and other city agencies to develop a plan to receive and relocate evacuees. Tom serves as the president of the NYDIS Board. A first "service center" is expected to be opened next week in Harlem. It is expected that faith-based organizations and local churches will be asked to participate in, and assist, this process.