Episcopal Relief Flows to Georgia Coast

“Healing a Hurting World,” the tagline for Episcopal Relief and Development will become a reality in the Diocese of Georgia with the award Thursday of a $15,000 immediate relief grant for families and parishes in the Diocese affected by Hurricane Irma.

The Rev. Charles Todd, Vicar and Hispanic Missioner at the Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle in Savannah and a Diocesan Disaster Coordinator said, “As evacuees began returning to their homes, the Diocese quickly became aware of numerous families in our various communities who do not have the means to handle the challenges of the coming days. The Diocese acted very quickly to secure the means to assist the most vulnerable among us and we are very grateful to Episcopal Relief and Development for acting so quickly to approve our request and to support us in our ministry.”

Much as they did during Hurricane Matthew, funds will address needs such as helping provide funds for rental deposits for some displaced families prior to insurance claims; building supplies and tools; moving supplies; food, clothing, bedding and gas.

The connections that our parishes have in some of the poorest, most affected communities means that we can move quickly to address needs. Initial funds went out today to Epiphany Savannah, Christ Church St. Marys, King of Peace Kingsland, and St. Mark’s Brunswick. We are also working with other churches to assess needs in their areas and will be disbursing more funds as needed in the coming days.

“We’re thankful to Episcopal Relief and Development for their rapid response to our urgent need for funds to help those who have crucial needs in our communities,” said Bishop Scott Anson Benhase. “The funds they’ve provided, along with funds given locally, will allow us ‘love our neighbor’ in very concrete and practical ways. Love is an action verb, not merely a state of being. We’re striving to make our love active.”


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