Curious where your donations for relief went?
“It’s being called a Humanitarian Crisis.”
– The Very Rev. Victor Schreffler, Dean of the Sacramento Valley
California, Florida, South Carolina
Thank you for your support of ARDF Relief efforts. As the new year begins, we wanted to give you an update on the recent domestic relief efforts you helped fund.
In November 2018, California faced a series of wildfires that created an ongoing humanitarian crisis. ARDF has partnered with the Anglican Diocese of Christ for the Sake of Others (C4SO) to bring needed relief to victims. To date, over $20,000 has been collected.
Dean Victor Schreffler reports:
“[Visiting the hospital], I’ve heard about patients and staff displaced when the local hospital in Paradise burned down. Sadly, as a testimony to the fragile state of rural medicine, they may never reopen. Aside from the loss of health care access for the aging population, the town has lost its biggest employer with a thousand jobs gone. Businesses depending upon those employees will have an even steeper climb as they try to rebuild. The cascade effect of this tragedy will take a very long time to settle out.
Meanwhile shelters are struggling to keep up with with the reality of longer term care of the refugees. I spoke with the director of Hope Center and she’s running out of pillows daily. She also said sturdy men’s shoes are in short supply. We’re responding to help with that.”
Relief efforts in were initially delayed by the fact that people were unable to return to their communities. The fires are now out and the air is finally clear. The suffering, however, is far from over. C4SO has been partnering with other Christian ministries to bring much needed supplies and aid to local victims. These efforts are underway and we look forward to bringing you details in the coming months.
Unfortunately, the California Wildfires were only the latest disaster to strike the United States in 2018.
“Your aid has helped us to be able to reach the people most affected by the hurricane in a powerful way.” - Ashley Wallace, wife of Rector John Wallace, Apostles-By-The-Sea
In October, Hurricane Michael brought flooding and high winds to areas of the Florida Panhandle. ARDF partnered with The Diocese of the Gulf Atlantic, raising $47,000 for their efforts. Apostles By-The-Sea in Rosemary Beach, FL is one church reaching out to surrounding communities. While Rosemary Beach miraculously avoided significant damage, many in surrounding areas were not so fortunate.
You can read an update from Ashley Wallace on how ARDF donations supported their activities here.
“For your support and theirs, we in Conway, SC remain ever grateful.” - The Rev. Jason Collins, Conway, SC.
Even before Hurricane Michael, areas of the Eastern Seaboard had been devastated by Hurricane Florence, whose slow, methodical trajectory dropped record levels of water and destroyed communities only just recovering from Hurricane Matthew (2016). ARDF has partnered with the Diocese of the Carolinas to distribute aid to Anglican churches providing relief efforts – including tedious, messy, clean-ups. You provided over $77,000 for this relief work. Read how ARDF funds were spent on these efforts here and here.
Last fall we also launched a General Relief Fund. We hope that in the future, this fund will be a way to quickly fund Anglican churches after a disaster strikes - before ARDF has announced a specific campaign. Last fall, Archbishop Foley Beach wrote a letter introducing Anglican churches to ARDF and encouraging them to contribute to this fund. This fund will enable us to respond even more quickly to relief events in the future.
Sharing Experiences as we prepare for the future
Finally, are you inspired by the stories of Anglican Churches reaching out to their neighbors in times of need? Do you want your church community to be prepared for the next disaster? ARDF wants to help you. At the 2019 Provincial Assembly in Plano, TX, ARDF is offering a workshop on just this topic. All are welcome and we hope to see you there!