Episcopal Relief and Development
Leader: Cathryn Keag

 

 

 Members of our church support Episcopal Relief and Development

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Episcopal Relief & Development is providing emergency assistance in affected dioceses in Georgia and Florida, while continuing to support partners in the Caribbean in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and preparing to aid those devastated by Hurricane Maria and the 8.0 earthquake in the Mexico City region.
 
In partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia, Episcopal Relief & Development is providing critical support to low income residents as well as other vulnerable groups, including children, youth, seniors and those with special needs. Residents will receive gift cards to help purchase food, clothing, bedding, medical supplies, gas for transportation and materials for repairs and rebuilding. Housing and rental assistance are also being given to those displaced by the storm while others will receive building supplies and tools, moving supplies, transportation and tarps.

Episcopal Relief & Development is also working with the Episcopal Diocese of Florida through an existing ministry within the diocese, Church Without Walls, to provide tents, bedding, clothing and personal items for 150 homeless individuals who lost their belongings in the storm. Through the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida, the organization is offering gift cards, cleanup supplies and shelter for impacted residents and recovery crews.
 

In the Caribbean, Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting relief efforts in Puerto Rico by partnering with the Episcopal Diocese of Puerto Rico to provide temporary housing, medical care, food and meal delivery as well as other support. While needs assessments are still underway in the Caribbean, staff are coordinating with ecumenical and humanitarian partners to get emergency supplies into the Virgin Islands.

 

Not every disaster makes headlines: Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Church of Ceylon’s Diocese of Colombo to feed more than 3,000 displaced people following severe and widespread flooding in Sri Lanka. These relief activities, led by the diocesan Board of Social Responsibility (BSR), are focused in five hard-hit districts where the Church’s strong presence can best meet local needs.
 

 

 

In 2011, Episcopal Relief & Development spent 86% on programs versus 6% on administration and 8% on fundraising. Because of the support they receive from the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society in the form of contributed services, in addition to income from their own investments, at least 90% of every donor dollar goes directly to programs

Lord, when was it that 
We saw you hungry and gave you food?
We saw you thirsty and gave you something to drink?
We saw you a stranger and welcomed you?
We saw you sick and took care of you?
We saw you in prison and visited you?
‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’

—Matthew 25: 37-40 (NRSV)

 

A tradition of saving lives.

Since 1940, Episcopal Relief & Development has been healing a hurting world. As

the compassionate response of the Episcopal Church to human suffering, the

agency takes its mandate from Jesus’ words found in Matthew 25:30-40. Episcopal

Relief & Development embraces the Episcopal Church’s principles of compassion,

dignity and generosity and helps Episcopalians answer God’s call to serve Christ in

all persons—caring for the sick, feeding the hungry and welcoming the stranger.

 

 

Episcopal Relief and Development, last year reached out to more then two million people both here and abroad, to address poverty, hunger, disease and to bring disaster relief.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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