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Faith groups provide the bulk of disaster recovery, in coordination with FEMA

If you donate bottles of water, diapers, clothing or any other materials to hurricane victims in Texas or Florida, your donation will likely pass through the hands of the Seventh Day Adventists before it gets to a storm victim.

That’s because the Adventists, over several decades, have established a unique expertise in disaster “warehousing” collecting, logging, organizing and distributing relief supplies, in cooperation with government disaster response agencies.

Likewise, the United Methodist Committee on Relief is known for its expertise in “case management.” After the initial cleanup — where the Methodists have work crews helping pull mud out of houses — the church sends trained volunteers into the wreckage to help families navigate the maze of FEMA assistance, state aid programs and private insurance to help them rebuild their lives. UMCOR also trains other non-profits to send their own case managers into the disaster zone.

In a disaster, churches don’t just hold bake sales to raise money or collect clothes to send to victims; faith-based organizations are integral partners in state and federal disaster relief efforts. They have specific roles and a sophisticated communication and coordination network to make sure their efforts don’t overlap or get in each others’ way.

The Convoy of Hope, a non-denominational Christian organization, specializes in feeding. Before Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida, the Springfield, Mo.,-based Convoy had three trailer trucks stocked with food, water and sanitary supplies parked in the state waiting to deploy to areas hardest hit, said spokesman Jeff Nene. In major disasters, the organization will set up feeding stations, sometimes at FEMA’s request and even using government-provided food and equipment.

The Adventists have agreements with states around the country to provide warehouse services in the event of a disaster. “Right now, in the state of Texas, we are going around with FEMA trying to help them select a facility,” said Derek Lee, director of disaster response for Adventist Community Services. “It’ll actually be the state’s facility but it’ll be us that helps them manage it. We are going around with them right now trying to help them pick out a facility that will accommodate what the need is going to be on the ground.”

Over and over again in public comments as Hurricane Harvey was soaking Texas and Louisiana, FEMA administrator Brock Long asked concerned citizens to go to NVOAD.org to make donations – that is National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, the alliance of volunteer organizations that are helping FEMA channel disaster assistance into the affected areas. About 75% of the organizations that are part of the alliance are faith-based.

Samaritan’s Purse, an evangelical aid group run by Rev. Franklin Graham, has trucks at the ready in Florida with chainsaws and debris removal experts to help clean up houses. After initial cleanup, the group has contracting services available to help the needy rebuild their homes. The group has responded to 20 disasters already this year, said Luther Harrison, vice president of North American Ministries for Samaritan’s Purse.

“FEMA – they have been a big blessing to us, they're an assistance to us," Harrison said Saturday. "For Hurricane Irma, the majority of our equipment has already been dispatched to Texas ... so our office in Canada is bringing their equipment across the border and FEMA was instrumental in helping us clear that with customs and getting all the paperwork done."

Harrison said a Samaritan's Purse disaster relief unit is a two-story, 53-foot trailer that has tools and equipment, including two dozen chainsaws, blue tarps for roofing, and kits for helping homeowners clear mud out of their houses.

One of the most critical resources the faith groups can provide is manpower. The United Methodists have 20,000 trained volunteers around the country who can be called up for "early response teams," basically small crews that can help with debris removal and home cleanup, said Cathy Earl, UMCOR's director of disaster programs. "They are trained they are badged they are background checked and they are part of the team that can be called up on short notice to respond," she said.

The crews come with more than just chainsaws, Earl said. "They have a person who is a designated listener so that person can sit down and be an ear for somebody if the homeowner needs that."

The efforts of volunteer groups come at essentially no cost to the government yet they also have a significant cash value to the states they serve.

States are obligated in most cases to pay a "match" for federal disaster aid, generally about 10% of the amount the federal government is paying in the immediate aftermath. But FEMA policy allows states to count volunteer hours as a payment toward that match, at $25 per hour. Harrison said that his group has already logged and reported to Texas more than 27,000 volunteer hours worth more than $675,000 toward the state's required match.

"About 80% of all recovery happens because of non-profits, and the majority of them are faith-based," said Greg Forrester, CEO of the national VOAD. The money is "all raised by the individuals who go and serve, raised through corporate connections, raised through church connections," and amounts to billions of dollars worth of disaster recovery assistance, he said.

And it is not just Christian congregations involved, Forrester said. There are also other faith groups including Islamic, Buddhist and Jewish relief agencies at work in disaster zones.

"FEMA can not do what it does so well without the cooperation of faith-based non-profit organizaitons and churches," said the Rev. Jamie Johnson, director of the Department of Homeland Security's Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships. "It's a beautiful relationship between government and the private sector and it is something to behold."

FEMA does not assign work to the state agencies or the faith-based groups, Johnson said, but "we affirm the work that they are already doing ... FEMA brings the groups into its national command center to work with us because they have their people on the ground."
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Oddly, most all of these organizations, being faith based, want in return nothing more than the freedom to believe and do what they do, with and for others.
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Oddly, most all of these organizations, being faith based, want in return nothing more than the freedom to believe and do what they do, with and for others.
I've been hearing The Red Cross was way behind these volunteer groups. But the Red Cross will, of course, campaign for money. They are not a group I donate to.
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Just to be fair, there are a number of so-called Athiest charities. I looked them up and found they do exist. However, the Atheists include amoung their listings organizations that are not faith based. A curious and deceitful definition yes, but it does include organizations like the RED CROSS and Doctors without Borders.
Effort Sisyphus: Atheist Charities

These are not actually "atheistic" organizations but "secular" ones. And whilst they do offer considerable charitable efforts, often at noble sacrifices, they are not done out of Atheism.

Both Atheism and Secularism are useful words but hardly interchangeable.

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BTW, I have not heard any solicitations from the infamous "Clinton Foundation." I would think their work in Haiti speaks volumes.
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BTW, I have not heard any solicitations from the infamous "Clinton Foundation."
Literally out in front on their website.

https://www.clintonfoundation.org/

https://medium.com/clintonfoundation...t-d93449f31d61

Also our ex-Presidents started their own fund for hurricane relief, including the ebil superrapist husband of the murderer of Benjamin Ghazi, Bill Clinton.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/07/u...residents.html

https://www.oneamericaappeal.org/
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Literally out in front on their website.

https://www.clintonfoundation.org/

https://medium.com/clintonfoundation...t-d93449f31d61

Also our ex-Presidents started their own fund for hurricane relief, including the ebil superrapist husband of the murderer of Benjamin Ghazi, Bill Clinton.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/07/u...residents.html

https://www.oneamericaappeal.org/
All your links are regarding the former Presidents plea for donations Wally.
They don't have anyone on the ground in Florida or Texas. Good grief anyone can start a Gofundme page asking for donations.

This thread is about the faith based groups ON THE GROUND in Texas and Florida. They are the true hero's in all of this, along with Law enforcement, all first responder's and the heroic efforts of the citizen's. I'm sure you can see the difference.
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All your links are regarding the former Presidents plea for donations Wally.
They don't have anyone on the ground in Florida or Texas. Good grief anyone can start a Gofundme page asking for donations.

This thread is about the faith based groups ON THE GROUND in Texas and Florida. They are the true hero's in all of this, along with Law enforcement, all first responder's and the heroic efforts of the citizen's. I'm sure you can see the difference.
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Literally out in front on their website.

https://www.clintonfoundation.org/

https://medium.com/clintonfoundation...t-d93449f31d61

Also our ex-Presidents started their own fund for hurricane relief, including the ebil superrapist husband of the murderer of Benjamin Ghazi, Bill Clinton.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/07/u...residents.html

https://www.oneamericaappeal.org/
Assuming, of course, I would ever go to their website on purpose.
Hilarious.
I'm talking about solicitation for donations on the airwaves and media.
Like they did during the Haitian earthquake recovery. Get a clue.
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Assuming, of course, I would ever go to their website on purpose.
Hilarious.
I'm talking about solicitation for donations on the airwaves and media.
Like they did during the Haitian earthquake recovery. Get a clue.
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In response to Hurricane Harvey’s devastation, and as Hurricane Irma batters other communities and is predicted to hit many more, President Clinton, President Obama, President George W. Bush, President George H.W. Bush, and President Carter have launched the One America Appeal.
The campaign asks fellow citizens to support the staggering recovery needs. All donations to the One America Appeal will be directed to the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation, which will quickly distribute 100 percent of every dollar to recovery funds that are assisting hurricane victims.

To learn more or make a donation online, visit OneAmericaAppeal.org. And keep reading for other organizations that are working to support hurricane relief in Houston and across the country.
so donate any way you like. I'm sure you have a local church or synagogue, mosque sending money or food or clothing
or you can do it online
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so donate any way you like. I'm sure you have a local church or synagogue, mosque sending money or food or clothing
or you can do it online
My point is, there is a huge difference between putting a blurb on a website soliciting donations and actually being physically on the ground helping, don't you agree?

I think we need to give some credit where credit is due.
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