As this article is written, Dorian remains off the coast of the USA; its path uncertain; final damages unknown. What is known is that Dorian caused devasting long-term damage in the Bahamas. Other areas in Dorian’s path are reporting damages as well.
Even as first relief supplies were airlifted to the Bahamas by partner agencies, UMCOR was issuing a grant to the area. As is the case with UMCOR and related United Methodist relief agencies, the aid provided is long-term.
In the Bahamas, The Bahama Methodist Habitat (BMH) was out of the main path of Dorian and will provide a base for relief efforts in the days, months, and even years to come. Western Pennsylvania pastor Stephanie Gottschalk has been appointed executive director of BMH since 2018. Rev. Gottschalk's primary task in the position is preparing volunteer and recovery response with a view toward the long-term recovery. BMH will spearhead Bahama relief efforts as soon as possible.
How Can You Help?
You can help by continuing to pray for those affected by Hurricane Dorian and by making a donation to the response efforts. You may donate to UMCOR International Disaster Response by indicating that on your gift and including it with your regular offering. To aid in any recovery efforts needed within the USA, indicate “Domestic Disaster Relief”.
To donate to Bahama Methodist Habitat, please indicate “BMH” and include it with your regular offering. You may check for updates at MethodistHabitat.org.
You may also use EasyTithe to donate to UMCOR or BMH, noting your designation.
Mission teams will also be forming through Western Pennsylvania United Methodist Church—details will be published at wpaumc.org as the teams form.