Hurricane Harvey Update

Hurricane Harvey Update

Earlier this month, after Hurricane Harvey brought more than 50 inches of rain and devastating winds that destroyed more than 80,000 homes in Texas and Louisiana, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) established a joint disaster relief fund to which many of you have generously contributed. Donations are split equally between UU congregations in Texas and UUSC partners, supporting immigrant, low-income, disabled communities and those living near toxic chemical plants.

UUSC reports that its partner, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) “is traveling from shelter to shelter to provide sustainable relief for immigrants as they navigate hurricane recovery alongside fears of deportation and lack of access to federal aid. A long-time migrant justice partner based in San Antonio, RAICES was not physically affected by the storm and therefore well positioned to rapidly provide diapers, food, and other forms of direct relief. RAICES is also providing legal aid in response to rising legal needs, including the livable housing shortage, escalating rent, and individuals being charged rent for uninhabitable apartments. In addition to supporting these efforts by RAICES, UUSC is partnering with the Living Hope Wheelchair Association, which has been providing direct relief and rescuing disabled individuals from the flooding. Parts of Houston are still underwater, and we are grateful for Living Hope’s tenacious on-the-ground efforts.”

Now, after Hurricane Irma’s destructive path through Florida, the UUA has established the Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund. Please visit https://giving.uua.org/Irma-aid to make a contribution.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

For more information about the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, visit www.uusc.org or contact Jim Caldiero, jimcal87@gmail.com or tel: 410-465-7452.

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