Neighbors in Need: Fires

According to TJ Putnam, the director of Family Promise (formerly the Salem Interfaith Hospitality Network):

“The ‘three Rs’ typically come up whenever there is a disaster – Relief, Recovery and Rebuild.  Thankfully the Fairgrounds and a lot of congregations  have opened their doors to help with the relief portion. Once the smoke clears, our community will move away from the emergency relief response. Hotels are full and The Red Cross typically provides motel assistance for a day or two.  Insurance and FEMA should have funding available to assist with some of the recovery, but it will be more precarious for renters and other low-income neighbors.  That’s where we will need to jump to help renters/low-income people access additional funding to keep disaster victims out of homelessness. Right now it seems like there is a big concentration on the RELIEF efforts, but I know we could use donations to help out. We’re currently doing some shelter and providing supplies to keep people safe during this.  There is going to be a bit of work stabilizing people once the emergency support/relief goes away.”

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To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, First Congregational Church will not be gathering for Sunday worship for the time being. Please check back for news about when we will be returning to a regular worship schedule. In the meantime, please feel free to subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter for ideas about how to nourish your spirit and build community in the weeks ahead. Peace be with you!

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