From June 9-15, seventeen Spring Glen Church (SGC) members and friends from the Greater New Haven, CT area will be traveling to Puerto Rico to help local residents rebuild after Hurricanes Irma (Sept 2017) and Maria (October 2017), both Category 5 storms, devastated the island last year. Through a partnership with Praying Pelican Missions (PPM, www.prayingpelicanmissions.org), we will connect with a local church that will provide our base of operations. PPM will also provide a mission guide and local contractor who will lead us in assisting home owners with the repair or installation of windows, roofing, siding, and sheetrock, as well as landscaping and painting.
We chose PPM as our host organization because a majority of the $645 per-person fee collected by PPM goes to local communities within Puerto Rico to cover such things as employment for job-site coordination, contractors, meal preparation for volunteers, lodging, purchase and delivery of materials, and ground transportation for the group. PPM is also assigning us to work in the interior of the island where help has been slowest to arrive.
The cost per service member is about $1,000. We are looking to raise 75% of that number and the rest to be funded by the volunteer. Any additional funds collected will be donated to families in need in Puerto Rico and/or used for future SGC service/mission trips.
On March 20, 2018, NPR’s Latino USA reported that more than 150,000 residents of Puerto Rico, mostly located in the mountainous central region of the island, are still without power. And although the official death toll from Maria alone is 64, the true number is more like 1100 when you factor in deaths resulting from the loss of electricity: victims cutoff from life-saving medical equipment like dialysis, and medicines requiring refrigeration like insulin.
The devastation and the hardship sustained by our fellow U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico doesn’t seem to get the attention it deserves. Part of our goal in making this trip is to remind our friends, family, and colleagues of the on-going needs of our neighbors in Puerto Rico. Please help by sharing this GoFundMe link with your friends and acquaintances who may like to support this effort.
You can donate on this site by simply clicking the “Donate” button or mail a check payable to Spring Glen Church, 1825 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT 06517 and write “Puerto Rico” in the memo line. If you send a check, please attach a note to let us know how you would like to be acknowledged, or if you would like to be listed anonymously on the site. All contributions are tax deductible.
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