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    Author: Dr. Scott Solberg

    Category: The Pulse 2018, The Pulse - 2018.05 Issue 5, The Pulse - 2018.06 Issue 6

    Crossing the Bridge: Hartford Relief Center

    IT HAS BEEN FOUR MONTHS since Hurricane Maria ripped through the island of Puerto Rico. Many people lost everything due to the hurricane, and it will be a long time before things are fully restored.

    The City of Hartford has received about 1300 people who have been displaced from their homes because of the hurricane. The Relief Center is a volunteer organization that has emerged to help these people find jobs and permanent housing.

    We have a great opportunity to partner with them and “cross the bridge” to extend God’s mercy and care.


    Here are some things we are doing to come along side and assist with this need.

    Toiletry Drive
    Thank you for your generous donations to date, which have already been delivered to the Relief Center. Throughout the month, we are collecting the following items to be distributed.

    “Family” sizes of:

    • Shampoo
    • Conditioner
    • Body wash
    • Bars of soap
    • Deodorant
    • Razors for men and women
    • Toothpaste
    • Diapers (size 4, 5, & 6)
    • Baby wipes

    Drop off your donated items in the lower hallway of the church.

    Bus Passes
    We are collecting donations to help with purchasing one month bus passes that will assist in finding work and getting to work. The cost of a monthly bus pass is $69, but any amount given toward this goal is appreciated. Make your donation payable to WEFC and mark it for “Bus Pass.”

    Volunteer at the Relief Center, Saturday February 10, and February 17 from 9:00 to 11:00 am
    We are well on our way to sending 2 teams of 30 people on each of these 2 Saturdays to volunteer at the Relief Center, helping to sort through donations. This is a great thing to do together as a family, with a group of friends, or with your Community Group. There are still a few openings on Saturday, 2/17, if you've meant to sign up, but haven't done so.

    Register here for Saturday, February 17

    Provide A "Hot Meal"
    It is the goal of the Relief Center to provide a “hot meal” for the people still remaining in temporary housing in local hotels. So far, we have 4 dinners scheduled at WEFC.  If you would like to organize and provide a hot meal for a given date in February or early March, let the office know and we will coordinate that with you. It would be a meal for about 50 people and you host it at the church.