hurricanes have hit our beloved communities of Houston, Florida, and Puerto
Rico over the past month and a half. We know so many of you were either
directly impacted by one of these natural occurrences or have friends and
family that have
experienced lose because of the hurricanes.
Our hearts have been heavy for you, your loved ones and your
Here are at
Urban Strategies, we have been working to respond and support you and your
community by determining what is needed in each community to mobilize resources
to respond. This has taken us from working
on emergency relief distribution to now focusing on mold remediation.
EMERGENCY RELIEF DISTRIBUTION
Urban Strategies worked
Vision USA to get eleven 58 ft trucks full of emergency supplies to Houston and Cutler Bay, Florida
to support families and individuals in need.
Several of our partner churches stepped up to be distribution sites
including First United Methodist Church in Pasadena, Aposento Alto Templo and
El Tabernaculo. As a result, we were
able to facilitate the support of thousands of families who could not receive
help from any other organization.
These distributions were
only possible because of all the churches, community leaders and volunteers who
stepped up to assist during these events.
Below is a video of one of Urban Strategies team members, Carla
Lafayette, helping organize attendees.
As we have surveyed the need in the area, we know the
need has shifted drastically to mold remediation. The homes that were flooded need to be almost
gutted to ensure that mold does not grow on damp surfaces like wood. Below is a list of tips to safely remove mold
information on mold removal can be found on our website under our resources
page. We would greatly appreciate if you
could forward to your networks to ensure this vital information can be shared
with families that have been impacted.
The congregational call to relief and development: Lessons from Hurricane Harvey And Maria