June 25, 2014—The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) responded today to a plea by the Southwest Texas Conference/Rio Grande Conference for emergency assistance to meet urgent needs of a “rising flow” of refugees crossing into the United States from Mexico.
In response to an appeal by Bishop James E. Dorff, who heads the joined conferences, Greg Forrester, UMCOR executive in charge of U.S. Disaster Response, expedited an emergency grant and told Bishop Dorff, “Our prayers are with you and the conference as you respond to this humanitarian crisis.”
Forrester indicated that UMCOR has been monitoring the situation at the border and the rising tide of need in its wake. He said he has been in contact with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Homeland Security, and White House Faith-based Initiatives to gauge an appropriate response.
According to the UMCOR executive, large numbers of women and children who have crossed the U.S./Mexico border and been apprehended by U.S. authorities there, have subsequently appeared on the steps of United Methodist border facilities and churches, and have received shelter, food, and other basic supplies.
Your gift to UMCOR U.S. Disaster Response, Advance #901670, will enable UMCOR’s response to this and other emergencies.