Disaster Relief for US Territories and States

October 1, 2017

Disaster Relief for US Territories and States

The situation in Puerto Rico is grave and only growing worse. The US Army now estimates that 55% of the people lack clean drinking water, up from a few days ago.

Utilities, roads, and homes are destroyed. This is a humanitarian crisis. We encourage all Americans to do what they can to help our brothers and sisters facing the devastation of the recent natural disasters, including our fellow citizens in the US territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

People across the country are stepping up to aid relief through a massive outpouring of support to a number of worthy organizations. 100% of funds donated to Catholic Charities USA hurricane disaster relief will go to disaster efforts.

Donations can be made by texting CCUSADISASTER to 71777

To designate your donation to a specific effort, please call 1-800-919-9338 or mail a check (with your designation in the memo line) to Catholic Charities USA at PO Box 17066 Baltimore, MD 21297-1066.

· Catholic Charities USA has sent $1 million in emergency aid to Caritas Puerto Rico, which is the Catholic Charities agency on the island. The money, which was given by thousands of donors across the US, will assist Caritas Puerto Rico as it begins the work of recovery following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.

· At Catholic Charities of the Virgin Islands, one-fifth of the staff who serve the agency’s primary clients – the homeless – are now homeless themselves. Despite this, the staff keep on working to fulfill their mission.

· Catholic Charities is actively supporting survivors of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in Texas and Florida.

· Long-term recovery is an integral part of Catholic Charities’ approach. Assistance is provided with shelter, food, and other emergency supplies. Services are provided regardless of religion, social, or economic background.

We also call on our national leaders to increase support to the people of Puerto Rico and the dedicated troops currently deployed to make a difference. More, much more, is needed.

Our faith and our humanity call us to action.