Episcopal Relief & Development provides emergency assistance in Georgia and Florida after Hurricane Irma

[Episcopal Relief & Development] 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. Hurricane Irma, a Category 4 storm and the second major storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, made landfall in Florida on […]

Episcopalians find and give grace in the Hurricane Harvey floodwaters

[Episcopal Diocese of Texas] As the Diocese of Texas continues an energetic response to relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey’s punishing rains, churches and volunteers from across the country have offered help. Within the diocese, congregations have sent teams to muck out homes and church buildings, helping both neighbors and strangers. The Ven. Russ Oechsel, diocesan […]

Virgin Islands churches banding together to care for their Irma-hit neighbors

Efforts consolidating to bring relief to those who suffered ‘catastrophic damage’

[Episcopal News Service] Yvonne O’Neal believes that she crossed paths with more than one angel in the last week in Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, complete strangers helped her leave the decimated island and get back to her home in New York. O’Neal, who was born on Tortola to […]

Episcopal Relief & Development responds to urgent needs in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Irma

[Episcopal Relief & Development] Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting emergency relief efforts in Culebra and Vieques, two islands in Puerto Rico devastated by Hurricane Irma. In partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Puerto Rico, the organization is providing approximately 600 people with temporary housing, medical care, food and meal delivery, clothing, home repairs, water […]

The best ways to help hurricane survivors, now and later

Those inspired to help advised to verify their donations are needed 

[Episcopal News Service] Brett Covington didn’t have any money to donate to people devastated by Hurricane Harvey. But she gave what she had: a steer. Only in Texas, right? Before accepting this gift, Christy Orman, the Diocese of Texas hurricane relief coordinator from Christ Church Cathedral in Houston, had to lock down a place that could […]

Episcopal Relief & Development continues to respond to needs in Texas after Hurricane Harvey

[Episcopal Relief & Development] Hurricane Harvey, the first major storm of the 2017 hurricane season, caused heavy rain and catastrophic flooding as it hovered over Houston, Galveston and other parts of Texas and Louisiana in late August. More than 60 deaths have been reported to date. This powerful storm first made landfall on August 25 […]

Episcopalians labor on to help Hurricane Harvey-hit Gulf Coast

One week after storm’s first landfall, survivors assess damage, plan recovery

[Episcopal News Service] The rest of the United States might be headed into the three-day Labor Day weekend with thoughts of picnics and beaches, but Episcopalians along the Harvey-hit Gulf Coast will be working to clean up the damage and begin to put their lives, and the lives of their neighbors, back together. That work […]

With Harvey still drenching the South, Episcopalians minister to neighbors

From Coastal Bend of Texas to Florida, flooding rains wreak havoc

[Episcopal News Service] Robert Jordan, senior warden of Trinity Episcopal Church in Baytown, Texas, says it was just something that had to be done: going out onto the Houston floodwaters in his 18-foot aluminum boat to discover people who needed rescuing. So far, he has found about 30 folks. Some he rescued from their garages; […]

‘Our brothers and sisters in Texas and Louisiana need our help’

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on Hurricane Harvey

  [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] Long ago the prophet Malachi taught that we are all children of God by virtue of our creation by the same God. “Have we not all one father? Has not one God created us,” he asked (2:10). Jesus taught the same thing when he told a story about […]

From Episcopal Relief & Development: Gulf Coast dioceses prepare for response to Hurricane Harvey

[Episcopal Relief & Development] Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with dioceses throughout the affected areas in Texas and Louisiana as they assess the ongoing impact of Hurricane Harvey and prepare to respond. Tropical Storm Harvey strengthened into a Category 4 hurricane with 130 mile hour winds and made landfall in Texas on the evening […]