UMCSC Disaster Recovery has been awarded a $62,000 grant from the One SC Fund to help families rebuild and repair homes damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Florence.
The donation gives the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church the opportunity to work with more survivors of the September 2018 storm – helping them navigate the often confusing procedures and paperwork associated with obtaining assistance in the wake of a disaster.
“Case management is such an important tool in helping those still recovering from Hurricane Florence,” said Tim Whitten, director of UMCSC Disaster Recovery. “Through this partnership with the One SC Fund, we are able to continue working closely with hundreds of storm survivors to ensure they will have the very best resources available.
“This grant will allow us to extend our case management services to survivors in Marion County, in addition to the clients we already have in Chesterfield and Marlboro counties.”
UMCSC Disaster Recovery received a $50,000 grant from the One SC Fund in May.
The One SC Fund – housed at Central Carolina Community Foundation – provides grants to nonprofits to fund relief, recovery and rebuilding assistance programs from South Carolina state-declared emergencies, such as Hurricane Florence. Donations to the One SC Fund come from individuals, organizations, and businesses from across the nation.
Central Carolina Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization serving 11 counties in the Midlands by distributing grants and scholarships and linking the resources of donors, nonprofits and area leaders to communities in need.
“We are honored to support the important work of the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church through a One SC grant,” said Erin Johnson, vice president for community investment of Central Carolina Community Foundation. “Their case management work will expand and provide hope to families across our state.”
The grant to the South Carolina Conference was part of $313,344 the One SC Fund awarded to 11 non-profit groups working with families affected by recent hurricanes. The 10 other organizations receiving grants are:
- Church of the Brethren Disaster Ministries – Repair homes in Nichols.
- Darlington County Habitat for Humanity – Replace roofs, repair water damage.
- Darlington County Long-Term Recovery Group – Repair homes, help survivors register with South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office.
- Dillon County Long-Term Recovery Group – Case management, replace household furnishings, repair homes.
- Good Samaritan Community Development Corp. – Install new roofs in Florence County.
- Good360 – Provide cleanup and rebuilding supplies in partnership with local nonprofits.
- Habitat for Humanity of Georgetown County – Help families make their homes safe and secure.
- Marlboro County Long-Term Recovery Group – Housing rehabilitation.
- New Vision Community Development – Home recovery and rebuild, water and tree removal, disaster case management, temporary shelter and lodging, and repairs to plumbing, electrical wiring and bug infestation.
- Tri-Community Center – Establish Special Medical Needs Shelter and point of distribution site in Berkeley County to accept and distribute supplies and resources during a disaster.
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UMCSC Disaster Recovery accompanies communities in need over the long haul of their recovery until a “new normal” is established after a crisis. It works with homeowners to fill in the gap between their resources and their unmet needs.
Much of the hands-on work is performed by volunteers from across the state and nation. We have wonderful opportunities here in our own state for mission and outreach work that will have lasting impact on our neighbors. Just as we are called to love the Lord, through disaster recovery we have many opportunities to love our neighbors as well.