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After one year, Hurricane Sandy damage lingers

By Susan Kim* October 22, 2013—Mary Reyes knows exactly how many days she was forced from her home by Hurricane Sandy: 303. She left her Keansburg, New Jersey, residence on Oct. 28, 2012, about 24 hours before Hurricane Sandy unleashed its fury over the community. Reyes was caring for her granddaughters, ages 12 and 15, […]

UMCOR makes grants for Sandy recovery

NEW YORK—United Methodists in New York were counting on the regional shipments of 15,000 flood buckets that they distributed to Hurricane Sandy survivors last fall. But they didn’t expect the more than 11,000 blankets from a faraway source, said Bishop Martin McLee, leader of the denomination’s New York Conference. “There was this wonderful call, asking […]

Ohio student spearheads 5K race for Sandy relief

Between play practice, track meets and soccer games, Christy Finney, a high school senior in Urbana, Ohio, is making time to organize her community for a 5K race this spring to support Hurricane Sandy survivors through the work of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Ms. Finney, 18, is a member of Urbana United […]

Bishop Schol reports on UMC and `Sandy’ relief

By Bishop John Schol, Special Contributor… The wind blows where it chooses, you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” –Jesus (John 3:8) Dear Sisters and Brothers, Jesus encountered the forces of nature. He calmed […]

United Methodists join in Staten Island relief efforts

By Arthur McClanahan and Linda Bloom, United Methodist News Service… STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.—When John Stonick wants to show how high the floodwaters of Hurricane Sandy were as they swept down the street of his New Dorp Beach neighborhood on Staten Island, he raises his hands far above his head. Mr. Stonick, who estimates he has […]

Sandy’s aftermath: Planning long-term relief in NYC, New Jersey

By Linda Unger and Susan Kim, Special Contributors… As big flakes of icy wet snow fell on streets still muddy from Hurricane Sandy’s devastating storm surge, Peter Vasquenz carried another black trash bag to the curb outside his mother’s home on Staten Island, N.Y. In it were pieces of ripped flooring and soggy drywall from […]

Reflections: Thanksgiving 2012 – Sandy casts shadow

Very soon, families will gather across the country for the observance of Thanksgiving Day. Over time, the celebration has taken on practices of both religious and secular significance. This duality is manifested in my own memories of Thanksgiving, whether from recent years or long ago. Food, family, worship and football are the primary elements. Growing […]

Churches aid storm relief effort

Staff Reports… United Methodists in New Jersey and New York are mobilizing to help residents in those areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. On Staten Island, Bethel United Methodist Church is serving as a staging area for relief efforts. Ten United Methodist congregations on Staten Island and their buildings all weathered the storm. “That’s a good […]

Bishop Schol shares details on UM-related ‘Sandy’ damage and relief efforts

  Bishop John Schol took time in the midst of an extraordinarily busy stretch to answer questions about how the Greater New Jersey Conference, which he oversees, is coping with Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy damage and relief efforts. Managing editor Sam Hodges posed the questions and the bishop responded by email. You reported Nov. 8 that seven […]

Relief work begins after East Coast hurricane

Entire coastal towns underwater. Millions without power. A paralyzed New York City. Days after Hurricane Sandy rolled across a huge swath of the eastern United States, United Methodists began springing into action. Churches opened their doors as shelters, community centers and recharging stations, and United Methodist disaster response coordinators began deploying teams of volunteers to […]

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