Working Together for Lasting Change
On Sunday, August 29, sixteen years after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Ida made landfall in the same region. This Category 4 storm brought flooding and damaging winds that caused a loss of water to hundreds of thousands and a loss of electricity to over 1 million people. Episcopal Relief & Development is working closely with the Diocese of Louisiana and other regional partners in what will be a long-term response. Your generous gift will help alleviate suffering for the most vulnerable residents impacted by Hurricane Ida. Please visit episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-relief to make a gift today.
We also invite you to pray with us for all those impacted by the storm. For updates on our response to this and other disasters, please visit our press page.
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Resources and Information Regarding Afghani Evacuees
The situation around the evacuation of families and individuals from Afghanistan, and the support needed for them, is rapidly evolving. The following resources may be of help in understanding and coordinating your personal and/or parish response.
These agencies are overwhelmed at this point by inquiries, and because their staffing was cut in half as a result of the sharp reduction in refugees admitted in the past several years. The best way to stay abreast is to subscribe to their email lists and to connect with existing networks in your area.
The Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) website has helpful information that explains the situation and how you can help. This webinar describes the resettlement process, the different designations of evacuees, and ways to help. EMM is one of nine resettlement agencies designated by the U.S. State Department. Although they don’t have a local affiliate in Ohio, they work with their other partners to get inquiries and resources where they need to go.
Cleveland is one of 19 cities designated by the U.S. State Department for resettlement. That effort has begun. Alongside Trinity Cathedral, we are in touch with the agencies doing this work. To keep up-to-date on the response and needs in Cleveland, The Refugee Response newsletter is one source of information.
Resettlement work is a practice of accompaniment and patience. Please pray for those on the EMM staff and their colleagues around the country who are doing much with very little. Donate as you are able at the EMM website above and/or to your local network. Please contact me if I can be of any assistance.
The Rev. Margaret D’Anieri
Canon for Mission, Diocese of Ohio