The United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties has called all service providers and stakeholders in our community to come together to identify the best resources and solutions for Hurricane Survivors.
I’m serving on the Hurricane Survivors Task force, leading the Basic Needs subcommittee.
Many Lake County residents are still picking up the pieces of Hurricane Irma and while resources are spread thin, now we need to identify ways to assist our new neighbors from Puerto Rico & the Virgin Islands. The Orlando Sentinel reported an estimated 100,000 new residents will relocate to Central Florida in the coming weeks and months.
Several of my colleagues have close family in Puerto Rico. We prayed together for their safety during the hurricane and as they faced the aftermath.
These neighbors are suffering, and we can’t ignore that. At New Beginnings we empower those in need to live a responsible life.
On the Hurricane Survivors Task force, the Basic Needs subcommittee identified 5 critical challenges for Hurricane Survivors:
- Medical Care
- Transitional Services (showers & laundry).
It is very refreshing to work with a group of people from various organizations and backgrounds, all seeking to identify how we can help our neighbors.
Jesus says in Scripture, “For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited Me in” (Matthew 25:35).
New Beginnings is proud to continue to empower our neighbors in need, because there are no strangers here. We are all children of God.