UMCOR gives $10,000 grant to Mountain Sky Conference for mitigation efforts

September 05, 2018
Photo Courtesy Pastor Janine Rose
Please continue to pray for the community of La Veta, Colorado as residents recover from the Spring Fire, which burned more than 100,000 acres around the area in late June and throughout July. The Denver Channel reported on Aug. 3 that more than 200 homes were damaged or destroyed and the fire was 91 percent contained

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) gave a $10,000 grant to the Mountain Sky Conference to assist the La Veta community with mitigation efforts to prepare for the rainy season and prevent mudslides. Pastor Janine Rose, of La Veta United Methodist Church, said she is partnering with the Huerfano County disaster response team on how best to proceed so the funds can supplement the county's work. 

Volunteers are not yet needed, Rose said. People in Paradise Acres, the neighborhood in La Veta that was largely affected by the Spring Fire, are doing their own efforts to dig trenches and repair roads. Please, do not self-deploy volunteers to the area until an official request comes from the conference.

Rose said two members of La Veta UMC lost everything in the Spring Fire, while other members have lost property. She said the recovery efforts will be "ongoing for many years to come. It will be part of our day-to-day life."

What can you do to help? September is National Preparedness Month and there are many ways conference members can take action to prepare for emergencies. Learn more about what you can do with the links below, including making cleaning buckets and hygiene kits. Pastor Dawn Skerritt, who is the Mountain Sky Conference co-coordinator for disaster response, said that if any church or volunteer group is helping with recovery efforts in other places and are in need of UMCOR buckets or kits, please let her and Gary Haddock know so they can send it to the area in need. Email Dawn at pastordawn.cfumc@gmail.com and Gary at gary.haddock@community-umc.net.