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Chapelwood UMC, Houston, Texas
Chapelwood UMC is a vibrant, multicultural Houston community church, whose mission is to “embody God’s grace as we receive it to those who need it.” The Chapelwood family is a service-focused body of believers who welcome all to experience God’s grace and goodness through Christian community.
Disaster Relief (UMCOR Sager Brown #901515)
Through UMCOR, United Methodists extend relief and recovery to people in need in the United States, Africa, Asia, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe. Our work with affected communities helps them build capacity to meet the needs generated by an emergency.
When a disaster strikes a community in the US, local churches provide the first response. This basic understanding—that disaster response is local—is the foundation for all of UMCOR’s US disaster training programs and emergency response. We are, first and foremost, a resource for the local response. UMCOR provides training, expertise, and networking to help communities recover. UMCOR also may provide financial assistance if requested by a bishop in an affected annual conference.
When a natural or civil disaster occurs outside the US, UMCOR serves as the primary channel for United Methodist assistance. We work in partnership with the Central Conference of The United Methodist Church, other Methodist bodies, and international relief agencies to assess needs and implement early and long-term programs that help communities recover.
UMCOR Sager Brown: Baldwin, Louisiana
In response to emergencies, UMCOR provides relief supplies (such as cleaning buckets), through its two supply depots—UMCOR Sager Brown in Baldwin, Louisiana, and UMCOR West in Salt Lake City, Utah. The UMCOR Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin is the headquarters for UMCOR’s relief-supply operations, a network of United Methodist relief-supply depots across the United States. Congregations can send or drop off kits and supplies at the depot nearest to them, assured that their donations will be accounted for and distributed by UMCOR. Click here to view depot locations.
Each year, more than 2,000 volunteers prepare about US $4 million in supplies for shipment from the Baldwin campus. Locally, UMCOR Sager Brown reaches out to Baldwin neighbors through food distribution and housing rehabilitation projects, engaging volunteers in these projects that help families and the elderly.