Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, CWS and Habitat for Humanity International set out to repair or rebuild 500 damaged homes for vulnerable families, using a $3 million Habitat grant. CWS and Habitat are now expanding the grant program over the next year to allow grants of up to $10,000 per family. CWS is channeling the grants through local long-term recovery committees that can best identify and manage cases of unmet needs in their communities.
CWS has so far provided more than $6.1 million in financial and in-kind assistance to benefit families affected by the 2005 U.S. Gulf Coast hurricanes.
On February 27-28, CWS disaster response liaison Tom Davis co-led two Interfaith Trauma Response Training sessions in Gulfport, Miss. Davis is helping to design training components for early psychological intervention programs following disasters.
Contributions to support the ongoing recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita may be sent to your denomination or to Church World Service, Attn: Gulf Coast Hurricane Recovery, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN, 46515. Contributions may also be made by credit card online, or by calling: 800-297-1516, ext. 222.